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Employability : From Theory to Practice - Michele Baukens


From Theory to Practice

Paperback Published: 31st August 2001
ISBN: 9780765808790
Number Of Pages: 231

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In the struggle against unemployment and marginalization, employability has become the one major tool to counteract this phenomenon. Those who have no chances to develop or enhance their employability will fail in the competitive labor market of the new economic order. While the notion of employ-ability is not exactly new, the weight now being placed upon it is new: to equip job seekers for the far-reaching changes currently taking place in the economy and the world of work.

What is at stake? Is employability an instrument for the regulation of the labor market, distinguishing between the employable and the unemployable? Or is it a set of measures to facilitate the insertion or reinsertion of workers into the workforce? Is employability in the future the defining policy framework for labor market policies? What are the consequences of such a development for policy makers? Employability: From Theory to Practice addresses these questions. Its internationally renowned authors provide a valuable contribution to the conceptual and operational content of the notion of employability. The form and content of measures of employability vary by state, but represent a general trend. Part 1 deals with the concepts and instruments of employability. Part 2 evaluates measures implemented in a number of countries to improve employability of job-seekers. The countries involved are the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, and Slovakia. Part 3 showcases a practical approach with Canada, which in 1996-97 moved from an unemployment to an employment insurance. This volume shows both the possibilities and limitations of measures to promote employability. It helps clarify complex policyquestions which will contribute to a better understanding of the concept for policy makers and administrators. It will help policy makers, professionals, and scholars assess current trends in the workplace.

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Concepts and Instruments
Employability--The Complexity of a Policy Notionp. 3
Employability, a Brief Assessment of Its History and Leading Concepts
A Midway Point between Theories and Practices
Seven Main Concepts
Some Elements of Interpretation
Promoting Employability
Adapting to Market Requirements and the Role of Local Conditions
Components and Dilemmas of Employability
"Profiling": A Tool under Review
Searching for "Active Security"
"Activation" and "Workfare"
Short-term Pressures
Negotiating Mobilities
Profiling as an Instrument for Early Identification of People at Risk of Long-term Unemploymentp. 25
Profiling: Objectives and Types
The Kind of Risk Assessed
The Method of Profiling
The Time for Profiling
Influencing Factors of the Risk of LTU
Factors of the Labor Market
Statistical Characteristics of the Individual
Other Characteristics of the Individual
Profiling Experiences in Some Countries
The Netherlands: The "Kansmeter"
The United States: The Worker Profiling and Re-employment Services (WPRS)
Australia: The Job-Seeker Screening
Instrument (JSI) and the Job-Seeker
Assessment Instrument (JAI)
Canada: The Service and Outcome
Measurement System (SOMS)
The United Kingdom: Structured Job Search
Germany: A Model Project of Profiling
Two Actors in Employability: The Employer and the Workerp. 51
The Context of Employability in the Enterprise
Responsibility for Promoting Employability
Employability: A Concept Still Seldom
Used in the Enterprise
The Legislator's Intervention
Conditions for Rehiring and for Dismissal
Ongoing Occupational Training
Implementation of Employability Promotion
Key Opportunities for Employability
Levers of Employability Promotion
Measures Fostering Employability at the Three Stages of the Work Contract
Towards a European Model of Employability Insurance? Interaction between Europe and the Member Statesp. 91
Europe and Employability Insurance: Where Employment and Social Protection Intersect
The Theme of Employability Insurance
Emerges at Community Level
The Establishment of Employability
Insurance on the Basis of Guidelines
National Models of Transformation of Unemployment Insurance into Employability Insurance
The Nordic "Activation of People" Model
The British "Welfare to Work "Model
First Elements of a European Model
The Activation of Funds
The Activation of People
The Activation of Institutions
Dynamic Approaches
In Search of Improving Employabilityp. 115
Selected Examples from European Union Countries
The New Deals in the United Kingdom
Flexcurity in the Netherlands
Unemployment Traps in Belgium
Back to Work Allowance in Ireland
The Situation Outside European Union Countries
New Zealand
Poland and Slovakia
Moving from Unemployment to Employment Insurance: The Case of Canadap. 177
Outlookp. 191
Contributorsp. 199
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780765808790
ISBN-10: 076580879X
Series: International Social Security Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 231
Published: 31st August 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.71 x 15.39  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.35