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  • Welcome! Bright and early for the 2 nd day of the conference
  • Session 03

    1. 2. Quick introduction <ul><ul><li>Helen Tubb and Pat Irving, GHK Consulting Ltd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>European thematic experts for the Adaptability pillar of the EQUAL initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invited by the conference organisers and EQUAL Unit at DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities to explore the question: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Would it be a good idea to establish a European network on age management borne out of EQUAL?” </li></ul></ul>
    2. 3. Aim of this seminar <ul><ul><li>To explore the question with you by: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Presenting the results of our preliminary research and analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gaining your views and comments on the ‘network idea’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identifying additional information and contacts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To establish a working group to define and take the next steps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To identify interested parties </li></ul></ul>
    3. 4. Three-way exploratory model <ul><ul><li>1. Demand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Supply </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Strategic and operational aspects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary focus on EU policy agenda and EQUAL </li></ul></ul>
    4. 5. Understanding ‘age management’ <ul><ul><li>No single definition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>About proactively managing age trends in the working population </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understood at three different levels: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Enterprise </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Labour market policies and frameworks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not just about: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Older people (in or out of work) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Employment policy </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 6. Demand: EU policy agenda <ul><ul><li>Demographic ageing is a ‘key priority’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflected in the: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commission Communication “The Demographic Future of Europe” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EU targets for the employment rate of older workers, average exit age and lifelong learning participation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>European Employment Strategy (EES) (2005-2008) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>European Social Fund (ESF) (2007-2013) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 7. Demand: current progress and challenges <ul><ul><li>Variable progress amongst Member States </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continued efforts still needed to reach the EU targets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Areas of concern include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Insufficient lifecycle approach to work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Insufficient promotion of ‘flexicurity’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Low participation of older workers in lifelong learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Low employment rate of older women </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of emphasis on the ‘adaptability’ strategic priority of EES </li></ul></ul></ul>
    7. 8. Supply: age management in EQUAL (1) <ul><ul><li>210 DPs focus on age management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Number and proportion of DPs in the second round has doubled </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most active in the following thematic fields: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lifelong learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Re-)integration to the labour market </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adaptation to change </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highest numbers of DPs in Italy, France, Germany and Great Britain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relatively few DPs in the new Member States </li></ul></ul>
    8. 9. Supply: busy in the first round <ul><ul><li>EQUAL@ Work: age management working group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focused on: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A lifecycle approach to working life </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Crossing the generations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SME investment in human capital </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Captured and disseminated key messages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovative examples and success stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy briefs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agora “Experience is Capital”, June 2005 </li></ul></ul>
    9. 10. Supply: picture of the second round <ul><ul><li>New analysis of the 55 DPs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coverage of all the Competence 50+ conference themes, especially learning and qualifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Significant SME, regional and sectoral foci </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key target groups: older workers, older female workers, employers, public administrations and social partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key methods: vocational training, awareness-raising, guidance and counselling and skills audit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key tools: research, evaluation and studies, methodological development, networking and mentoring schemes </li></ul></ul>
    10. 11. Supply: national networking <ul><ul><li>33 National Thematic Networks (NTN)s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 age management NTNs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good starting point for EU-wide networking </li></ul></ul>
    11. 12. Verdict? <ul><ul><li>Yes, demand! Yes, supply! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideal vehicle and timing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Responds to subsidiarity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EQUAL is still active </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New ESF is just beginning – EQUAL is the bridge! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EU review of good practice in 2008 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 13. But… <ul><ul><li>Success or failure very much depends on the strategic and operational aspects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Important to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss and agree the details of the network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have personal commitment and backing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identify and secure resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not reinvent the wheel </li></ul></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Proposal: objectives <ul><ul><li>To promote and facilitate mutual learning, benchmarking and knowledge transfer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To aide communication and cooperation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To collate and disseminate good practice and innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To raise awareness of relevant issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not to advocate or lobby </li></ul></ul>
    14. 15. Proposal: thematic focus <ul><ul><li>Employment and social policy, framed by the EES and ESF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All three levels of age management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lifecycle perspective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify sub-themes </li></ul></ul>
    15. 16. Proposal: activities <ul><ul><li>Thematic working groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thematic seminars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer reviews (link with the Mutual Learning Programme) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newsletter </li></ul></ul>
    16. 17. Proposal: Members <ul><ul><li>Policy makers and practitioners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>European Commission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National/regional government, especially those responsible for employment policy and the ESF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practitioners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Representatives from other existing networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employers? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Varying roles to manage time, inputs and expectations </li></ul></ul>
    17. 18. Proposal: resources <ul><ul><li>Identify and secure adequate resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New ESF project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New ESF technical assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Membership subscriptions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National or other funding </li></ul></ul>
    18. 19. Next steps <ul><ul><li>Your views, comments and ideas! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establish a working group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify interested parties via a mailing list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw up a network: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Declaration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Action Plan </li></ul></ul></ul>