Labour Force Service Centre

Project information

Index: 0637R2
Acronym:SolidarCity
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Employment, human capital and education
Location SUOMI / FINLAND Start/End date of the practice
Start: year 2004
End: permanent

Topic of the practice

The Labour Force Service Centre operations are based on co-operation between Employment and Economy Administration and the city's social services and health care. Under the same roof, services provided by various authorities to assist unemployed in finding employment, as well as information on services available from other sources.

Good Practice Information

Labour Force Service Centre: The Labour Force Service Centre operations are based on co-operation between Employment and Economy Administration and the city's social services and health care.
Under the same roof, services provided by various authorities to assist you in finding employment, as well as information on services available from other sources. Co-operation aims at providing clients with adequate support in order to carry out further plans. Financial resources required: 17 000 000 euros per year for 38 Labour Force Service Centres nationwide in Fnland. Example of Labour Force Service Centres is Kajaani Labour Force Service Centre, which budget is 900 000 euros / year. Funding of Labour Service Centres is divided so that half of funding comes from state budget and half of funding comes from municipalities.
Activities: - Keep the job-seekers active and in good ability to work, so that firms can employ them - Strengthen the job-seekers education and work experience to better meet the employers expectations - Test working skills in practice - Seek required working opportunities - Build pathways for the job-seekers to open vacancies - Seek solutions also for those who do not reach to open labour market.The Labour Force Service Centres orientate intensive services and activation of the clients. Most of the clients need several measures. Before actual labour market measures, it is often necessary to examine and remove the physical, mental, social and economical obstacles of the employment. This means usually long and discontinuous process.

Evidence of success

In 2005 the customers of the Labour Force Service Centres included a total of 20.000 unemployed job seekers, while the average monthly number of unemployed was some 10.000. The activation rate of the labour market support varies from one Service Centre to another: in 2005, for example the activation rate was approx. 23%. The customers of the Service Centres have mainly found positions in subsidised work (such as organisations), working life coaching, work experience associated with vocational rehabilitation and coaching labour force training.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Jouni Ponikas

Oulun Yliopisto, AIKOPA

jouni.ponnikas@oulu.fi

www.kajaaninyliopistokeskus.oulu.fi/

Annex completed on: 08-05-2011

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