The European Commission published its fourth monitoring report in which it gathers good practices of projects across Europe, which on the one hand focused on the Your First EURES Job (YfEJ) initiative, and on the other on projects relating to employment, social protection and working conditions (the so-called PROGRESS axis of EaSI)
This monitoring is part of the EU’s Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI).
These good practice examples can form a basis for policy recommendations, which may be useful to the policy-maker designing or implementing policy interventions in this area.
Examples of good practices
Your first EURES Job
A successful example of a Your first EURES Job project was one in Sweden where 504 jobseekers – surpassing its target of 500 – found employment. In addition, 148 jobseekers were granted interview trips and 11 got recognition of qualification. Moreover, 10 SMEs were supported for employing 85 persons.
Social protection and inclusion
A noteworthy project in the field of social protection and inclusion was EMPAC, which stands for Engaging Migrant Parents and Children. It aimed to improve the integration of migrant pupils in the United Kingdom, Italy, the Czech Republic and Spain. A wide range of resources were developed, such as an action planning template, a teachers’ attitude and confidence survey and language and cultural background country profiles, providing information on migrant pupils’ main countries of origin, social customs, etiquette and education.
In the employment area, a main achievement was the catalogue of skills and qualifications to enrich the knowledge of workers in Geothermal and Solar Systems by the Geothermal and Solar Skills project (GSSkills), a collaboration between France, Germany and Greece. The catalogue is meant to be used as a teaching and learning aid for training institutions. It helped to reduce the unemployment rate and to stimulate the economy as well as regional competitiveness.
A project on working conditions in the Baltics, focusing on the posting of workers, was also a notable example of good practice. It helped to enhance the implementation, application and enforcement of the Posting of Workers Directive by for example preparing training materials for social partners, supporting the creation of an educational film or the creation of a dedicated website.
The report collected a total of 16 examples of good practice, 3 under the YfEJ initiative, 7 in the field of social protection and inclusion, 3 in the area of employment and 2 from projects focusing on working conditions. The first, second and third report were published in 2014, 2015 and early 2016 respectively.