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Call for proposal Delivering on skills for growth and jobs

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Call for proposal Delivering on skills for growth and jobs

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The overall objective of the call is to is to encourage new forms of collaboration through partnerships between public and private actors on the labour market (such as public and private employment services, companies including SME’s, chambers of commerce, training and education providers, social partners, labour market intelligence entities) to address persistent skills shortages and mismatches to help fill the gap between labour supply and demand in the EU.

The activities should aim to achieve the following technical objectives:

1. Delivery to the end users of specific employment service(s) leading to sustainable placements in jobs and apprenticeships or other measureable outcomes by a mixed set of actors, including measures to support labour mobility at national and European level.

2. Provision of analytical and methodological evidence based findings related to the form and working method of the partnership between the co-operating organizations experienced during the development and implementation of the actions, including an assessment of success and failure factors, challenges and solutions for shortcomings.

3. Development of concrete labour market intelligence tools, allowing for the identification of skills gaps and needs resulting from structural shifts to a low carbon  economy, as well as their impact on changing skills sets.

The Call will consist of four strands in line with the priority areas for job creation previously identified:

1.The first strand will seek to foster joint initiatives aimed at (a) anticipating green skills needs to facilitate matching process between labour supply and demand (b) supporting structural and sectorial adaptation through improving worker adaptability and mobility. The sectorial focus of this part of the call covers three key sectors:

 (1) Construction,

(2) Recycling (included in Water Supply, Sewerage, Waste management and remediation activities) and

(3) Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply.

2.  The second strand of the Call will identify effective implementation measures, good practices and innovative approaches with a special emphasis on the employment potential of ICTs and the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs (SWD(2012)96 final thus contributing to the implementation of the skills dimension of the flagship initiative “An Agenda for New Skills and Jobs” and in particular to the Employment Package.

3. The third strand will identify effective implementation measures, good practices and innovative approaches with a special emphasis on personal and household services (SWD(2012)95 final.13 thus contributing to the implementation of the skills and jobs dimension of the flagship initiative “An Agenda for New Skills and Jobs” and in particular to the Employment Package

4.  The fourth strand will support the consolidation of European Sector Skills Councils that are beyond the feasibility phase. These bodies will provide a focal point at sector level for improving skills intelligence, highlighting skills mismatches and bottlenecks and for shaping the educational and training offer. They will also facilitate peer-learning at national level by creating a European platform of exchange between labour market actors, skills intelligence observatories and education and training providers active in the sector.

 

An application must only be dedicated to one action presented below.

1.      Green jobs

Projects financed under this strand shall have a sectorial focus and shall propose actions dedicated to one of three targeted sectors as per NACE nomenclature:

• Construction (including building renovation);

• Recycling (included in Water Supply, Sewerage, Waste management and remediation activities);

• Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply.

2.      ICT and the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs

 The overarching priority of this strand of the Call is to contribute to fill bottleneck job vacancies in the ICT and Digital Jobs area by stimulating labour mobility across the 28 Member States. This effort should complement and strengthen the role played by the Grand Coalition in promoting and supporting ICT skills and jobs, contributing to reaching the employment targets and overall competitiveness aims of the Europe 2020 strategy. The main objective of this part of the Call is to encourage EU mobility to reduce the gap between labour supply and demand for ICT jobs and to align labour market organizations to the objectives pursued by the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs.

3.     Personal and household services

The term “personal and household services”(PHS) covers a broad range of activities that contribute to well-being at home of families and individuals: child care (CC), long term care (LTC) for the elderly and for persons with disabilities, cleaning, remedial classes, home repairs, gardening, ICT support

4.      European Sector Skills Councils

The Commission supports the creation of EU Sector Councils on Employment and Skills (EU sector skills council” in short). The aims of EU sector skills councils are:

1) To provide more and better sectoral skills intelligence, based on the pulling together of existing national sources on employment trends and skills demand and supply in the sector.

2) To contribute to the development of skills governance at sectoral level and of national skills policies by facilitating capacity building and peer-learning amongst national skill observatories or equivalent organisations and by creating a European platform of exchange and development of joint sectoral skills projects.

Budget

Under this call for proposals, the European Commission may finance up to 80% of the total eligible cost of the action. Contributions in kind (i.e. contributions for which no financial flow can be traced in the written accounts like unpaid charity work by a private individual or corporate body, etc.) will not be taken into account.

The deadline for the submission of complete applications is 15 January 2014.

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