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Creating Pathways to Employment

Creating Pathways to Employment

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What works in bringing hard to reach unemployed young people back into the workforce
What works in bringing hard to reach unemployed young people back into the workforce

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Published by: Topstorey Communications on Jun 05, 2012
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The Accord Equal Initiative and the University of Ulste(School of Policy Studies– Magee)invite you toThinking strategy or tactics?
 Wednesday 11th May 2005 9.30am 4.30pm Venue:Lecture Theatre MD108 - Magee CampusUniversity of Ulster 
1. To reflect on the effectiveness of EU funded policy initiatives on unemployment2. To contribute to long-term strategic thinking onunemployment initiatives3. To gear policy and action for bridging the gapbetween long-term unemployment and the world of  work in the Northwest.4. To consider the contribution of the socialeconomy when developing employability policies
European Union Social Policy is employment anchored. To that end the EQUAL programme aimsto facilitate access and return to the labour market forthose who have difficulty in being integrated orreintegrated into a labour market, which must beopen to all.Facilitating the journey to employment needs longterm strategies – joined up thinking. However, thestructure of EU project funding is short term in char-acter. Therefore projects to do with employability aregenerally of one to two year duration at most. Becauseof their short term nature they may exist in isolationand not be part of a longer term strategy.The greatest danger for participants is to become part of a pool that is constantly recycled from one isolatedproject to another. There is also a danger for thoseinvolved in project delivery and design. The short term nature of projects can have adverse affects onpractitioner motivation. It may also be more difficult to recruit and maintain project workers of the desiredcalibre.EQUAL programmes such as Accord aim to placetarget participants on a ‘track’ towards employment as opposed to operating isolated ‘events’.The Creating Pathways to Employment conferencehopes to contribute to achieving this objective by asking how it is possible to develop effective longerterm strategies for employability programmes.
9.30am – 10am Registration10am. Welcome:
Professor Tom Fraser(Provost University of Ulster, Magee) and Mrs Margaret Lee (Managing Director – The Cresco Trust).
10.15am. Employability - An EU Perspective
 To outline current EU employability policies, andfuture directions.
To identify successes / failures / challenges that havebecome apparent in the operation of current strategies
Speaker: James Allen - DG Employment and Social Affairs (EU)
Current Responsibilities include
Co-ordination of the European Employment Strategy.Production of the Annual Employment Report and theRecommendations to Member States on labour market reform.
Unit expert on education and training polices,lifelong learning and improving "Human Capital".
11am. Coffee11.15am. Employability – A National Perspective
 To outline current government employability policies, and future priorities.
 To set unemployment funding strategies within thecontext of Northern Ireland.
Speaker: Mr Daragh Shields
Daragh Shields is Assistant Director of the Preparationfor Work Division in the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL). He has responsibility for thedelivery throughout Northern Ireland of theDepartment’s programmes and services which helpunemployed people prepare for and find work.
12pm: Key lessons from Equal / Panel Discussion.
In what way do projects contribute to policy development and good practice.
Speaker: Earl Storey 
Accord Research and Policy Officer
12.45pm: Lunch (The Minor Hall)2pm
 Working principles out in a local context for maximum good.
 What skills will be needed for a future workforce inthe North West?
How can initiatives to enable those excluded fromemployment re-enter the world of work be designedand operated for maximum effectiveness?
Speaker: Mr Richard Sterling (President of Londonderry Chamber of Commerce).2.45pm: Where does the Social Economy Fit In?
 What contribution does the Social Economy have tomake to employability?
Where does the Social Economy fit in withgovernment and EU thinking?
What training needs should the Social Economy sector provide re employability.
Speaker: Colin Stutt -
Specialist consultant on publicpolicy and economic development.
3.30pm : Plenary 
Chairperson: Professor Sile O’Connor, University of Ulster
4pm: Coffee

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