Project Description

Balanced approaches for an ageing workforce in metropolitan area

The risk of long-term unemployment is generally higher for individuals in groups with structurally low labour market participation. Moreover setting up of the right incentives to work seems to be especially difficult for these specific groups. In several member states are positive measures in place to support those furthest from the labour market.

Within this project we want to concentrate on existing practices targeted to older long-term unemployed people over 50 in metropolitan areas. Via a social experiment we want to find out what constitutes an innovative approach in order to integrate them into sustainable employment. In this context we assume that an innovative approach alone, will not be sufficient to achieve the goal to bring them into sustainable employment. There are additional variables which are playing a decisive role in making a project successful. But how strong or how weak is the influence of these other variables? We will concentrate on the variable “network – structure”.

The aim is to identify the significance of the relationship between the network structure (between different public and private actors on different levels) and a particular project to bring older people into sustainable employment. Furthermore we plan to implement the transferable results into a mainstream strategy.

For achieving the goals we will analyse within the project 7 existing measures located in Dublin, Tampere, Berlin & Hamburg, Santander, London and Graz. 5 of them tracking a specific approach, 2 of them are nonspecific measures, but needed as a control group.

The research design is inspired by a quasi – experimental research design & includes the peer review method as an instrument which ensures the mutual learning process among the stakeholders on a local, national & European level.


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