Closing conference in Bochum

The Expert Conference of the Job Developer project entitled Creating New Jobs in the Context of Youth and Long-term Unemployment in Europe and Digitisation took place from 6th to 7th June 2018 at the Technology Center and the IAW of the Ruhr-University Bochum.

First Day

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There were 30 participants from different institutions. Including representatives of the project partners, the IAW and the minientrepreneurs as well as experts. Dr Peter Hartz from the SHS Foundation in Saarbrücken began with an insight into the further development of the labour market reform in Germany. Afterwards Dr Martin Kröll on the challenges, central questions and the approach of the Job Developer project in the light of whether the project contributes to the reduction of youth unemployment in Europe.

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After a coffee break the presentation on the concept of minipreneure in a European context by Dr Sascha Göttling from the SHS Foundation. The vision is a Europe of minipreneurs. This was followed by a lecture by PHD Joachim Wolff from the IAB Nuremberg on the effectiveness of active labour market policy for the long-term unemployed in Germany and recent reform proposals. The initial question was whether active labour market policy really improves the employment situation. This was followed by the lecture titled “Strategies for Reducing Youth and Long-term Unemployment” by Dominik Schad, the head of the Job Center from the district of Recklinghausen. Afterwards the lecture of Dr Judith Aust, the managing director of the bag arbeit e.V. from Berlin on “Labour market policy for the long-term unemployed – shaping participation”. Subsequently, Heinrich Bär, the coordinator of the Ausbildungsbrücke in Lüneburg, talked about the integration of young people into the labour market with the help of the training bridge as a sponsorship model of Diakonie. He called his talk a “report from the grassroots and the problems there”. The sponsorship model is divided into the training bridge for pupils and the job bridge for the long-term unemployed, disabled and inmates (special project Bavaria) as well as refugees (special project Lüneburg). Subsequently, Artemis Saitakis, one of the Greek project partners, gave a lecture entitled “New employment opportunities in the context of digitisation. His thesis was that digitisation would lead to more people becoming self-employed.

The presentations (selection):

The Second Day

The second day of the Job Developer Final Conference started with the presentations of the project partners from the individual partner countries for the implementation of the Job Developer Project with regard to the country-specific features and individual problem-solving approaches. Elisa Mochizuki from CEEIM started with her presentation on the implementation experience in Spain. Subsequently, Krisztina Erdős-Pohli from the Chamber of Commerce Pécs-Baranya presented the Hungarian implementation experience and project results. Darina Baycheva from the Gabrovo Chamber of Commerce then presented the implementation experience and project results from Bulgaria. Afterwards, Athanasios Vourlas from Eniochos.Consulting spoke about the project implementation in Greece. Subsequently, Aistė Litvinaitė from the Vilnius Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts presented the implementation experience from Lithuania.

After the presentations of implementation experiences in the partner countries, there was a one-hour lunch break. With fresh heads, the attendees started the workshops on the topic “Sustainable impact”. Afterwards, the next steps regarding the project management under the guidance of Kristina Burova-Keßler were discussed. These included the final report, the intellectual output, and financial management and administration.

The presentations (selection):

Second Milestone-Meeting in Murcia

On the 21st and 22nd of September 2017, the 2nd milestone meeting took place in  Murcia, Spain. The Goals of the Milestone Meeting were the assessment of the project progress as well as the discussion about this progress, the organisational preparation of the expert workshop and the development of a sustainability strategy

Intellectual Outputs

The main part of the meeting served to discuss and plan the intellectual outputs of the project. The contents of the self-study modules for the Job Developer Training were determined as well:

  1. Competences and framework of labor-market integration,
  2. Employment-radar on the basis of Talent Diagnosis,
  3. Networking competences,
  4. Digital competences and Social Media for entrepreneurs, and
  5. Entrepreneurial creativity, ability to communicate and trends.

As part of this, suggestions for further ideas and developments of these modules have already been collected.

New project

The following discussion generated ideas on possible IT solutions for the self-learning modules and which of the self-learning modules can be digitised. It was discussed what experiences the partners have in this regard. The suggestion came from Spain to use the project experience to connect the target groups “multiplier / mentor” and “young people”. Videos and tutorials for the young people as well as overview and feedback possibilities for the multipliers could be offered.



Milestone Meeting on Crete

The first milestone meeting took place from 4 to 5 October 2016 in Heraklion, Crete. As a point of reflection on the progress of the individual partners, exchange of ideas and experiences, the meeting also served to strengthen the network of partner organisations towards a European network.

Presentations of the Partners

The first part of the two-day workshop consisted of the presentations of the partners. Here the progress in the respective countries was presented and discussed with the entire team. This allowed the country-specific experiences and necessary adaptations to be exchanged and to plan the next steps accordingly.

The interactive Workshop

The second part of the workshop in Heraklion was filled by interactive workshops. The attending participants first worked out the potentials and resistances they expected to encounter in the further course of the project. These were summarised in overarching categories – individual level, team level, organisational level and environmental level – and evaluated through a points system. This formed the basis for the discussion on dealing with these resistances and potentials. From this strategies for the country-specific implementations were developed. The remaining time was spent on planning the self-study modules and answer questions about the further course of the project.




Kick-Off Meeting in Bochum

On the 11th and 12th of November the project Job Developer started with the first transnational meeting in Bochum. The 17 participants represented their organisation:

In addition to the presentation of all partners and their regional situation in terms of youth and long-term unemployment, the IAW focused on the presentation of the project itself.