Measures, Public Private Partnerships and Benchmarking
Edited by Jaap de Koning
Chapter 4: Using the Unemployed as Employment Counsellors: Evaluation of an Initiative to Combat Long-term Unemployment
Lennart Delander, Jonas Månsson and Erik Nyberg 1 UNEMPLOYED EMPLOYMENT COUNSELLORS: A PROJECT TO REDUCE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYMENT In 1995, an agreement to collaborate in the battle against unemployment was signed by the Labour Market Administration, the Swedish trade union confederation, Landsorganisationen (LO), the Confederation of Professional Employees, and the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations. The agreement aimed to give the Public Employment Service (PES) the opportunity to utilize the unemployed as resources for helping other unemployed individuals ﬁnd employment or placement in suitable labour market policy schemes. The deal was based, among other things, on a concept introduced by LO, which suggested that unemployed members of blue collar trade unions, within the scope of their participation in a labour market policy programme called Employment development, could be used as resource persons by employment oﬃces. Their task was to help other unemployed LO members in their eﬀorts to ﬁnd work. Between Autumn 1996 and Spring 1997, a project based on this idea was carried out at a number of employment oﬃces in Stockholm County. The project received much attention and interest, not only at other employment oﬃces in Stockholm County, but also at a national level. This resulted in further development of the concept and in its application in diﬀerent regions countrywide, on the basis of the above mentioned collaboration contract between the Labour Market Administration and trade union confederations. In this chapter, the countrywide application of the initiative is evaluated. 76 Using the unemployed...
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