Access to Employment

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Every person should be given the possibility and means to access employment. Those who are furthest from the labour market need to be supported in reintegrating into society and into an inclusive labour market. Evidence shows that active labour market policies have a positive effect on employment rates, particularly for women and the low-skilled.

However the direct effects of the crisis combined with the on-going austerity measures are worsening existing social exclusion and inequalities. This increases the barriers for people to be integrated in the labour market, therefore we work on:

  • Promoting integrated active inclusion measures

This requires combining the equally important strands of adequate minimum income schemes, inclusive labour markets (including placement services) and access to high-quality social services.

  • Investing in personalised approaches through employment and recruitment services

Such an approach starts from the needs and circumstances of the person, and recognises individual barriers for different target groups (such as the long-term unemployed, single parents, migrants, people with disabilities and the homeless).

  • Ensuring decent income levels for job seekers and those who cannot access employment

Through unemployment benefits or other forms of social protection. This will keep people socially included, which is a precondition for their inclusion in employment.

  • Investing in quality education and training

Employment services should recognise and validate skills, competences and knowledge acquired through informal and non-formal learning, to achieve equal opportunities, social inclusion and full participation in the labour market.