WP1 - Thematic Working Groups’ (TWG) work

Work of this WP will be implemented by 4 Thematic Working Groups (TWG) which will be created accordingly to the following themes:

TWG 1. Youth unemployment among social risk/vulnerable groups. Flow of information and cooperation of public agencies responsible for youth unemployment across the border

In this TWG different risk groups, such as NEET, people in informal employment, risk groups based on gender, ethnic background will be discussed and what will be the best solutions to address these specific groups.

Available statistics will be collected and analyzed. How to improve cooperation of public agencies across the national borders? How can collection of national/regional/local statistics on both sides of the border be better utilized for common actions? How can statistics on migration be better measured in order to provide more data for fight against unemployment?

TWG 2. Business and creation of new working places in cross-border regions. Increase of sustainable entrepreneurship in cross-border areas

One of solutions for employing more young people is to increase the number of available working places. How can business across the border support this process? What are the best practices of the cooperation between authorities and commercial sector.

Self-employment, utilization of wider cross-border markets, marketing, how to make new start-ups more sustainable?

TWG 3. Free movement of labour in cross-border regions: new possibilities and risks

What are the main obstacles for the free movement of labour? Is the free movement a risk or a possibility? Is the free movement the best solution for all regions? How could the cross border regions work together in order to lift the existing obstacles for mutual benefit? is the free movement across the border a possibility of keeping youth in the region?

TWG 4. The role of education in solving youth unemployment

How should the educational systems be better suitable for tackling the youth education? Can educational institutions cooperate across the border in order to safeguard a more smooth road from education to job? Vocational training, internships and apprenticeship, cooperation between education and business.

Each TWG will consist of representatives of 3-7 Project Partners (PP), where one of the PP will be responsible for the coordination of it. Each partner will decide what organization from their region is the most suitable to participate in the TWG but it may involve representatives of authorities, business organizations, employment agencies, youth organizations. The TWG will be able to sub-contract experts for concrete tasks defined by the PP represented in it. Each TWG will be responsible for developing of detailed activity plan for the whole project period which has to be adopted by the Coordination Group (CG) of the project. The main outputs of the TWG will be:

  • Report on best-practices within the theme of the group;
  • Development and implementation of at least one concrete project idea on development of solutions or transfer of knowledge from one region to another Project ideas will be developed and selected by the members of the TWG;
  • At least three live or on-line meetings of TWG will be arranged during the implementation of the project;

The participants of the TWGs during the first meeting will discuss what concrete needs have to be addressed during the implementation of the project. They will identify as well the best practice examples which would be of interest to share, what practices which could be transferred from one region to another or what kind of research is needed due to the lack of data. They will set up criteria for concrete 4 small project proposals (according to the combined topics of the thematic seminars- see the WP 3) which could be implemented within the TWG. Partners will be able to present their proposals and the best projects will be selected. Then the work of the TWGs will be organized around these projects and the concrete activities will be implemented. The projects will report to the TWGs during the meetings. Such structure will allow the TWGs to have a certain freedom to design how their work will be organized and what are the most important results they would like to achieve.

One of the project’s main tasks is to involve commercial companies from Nordic, Baltic countries and NW Russia to engage in solving the problems of youth unemployment. Representatives from business sector will participate in 3 thematic seminars, we planned also participation of the project target groups in national and international arrangements that support increasing of youth employment together with SMEs.

Implemented activities in 2014:

  • Coordination of activities of the Thematic Working Groups (TWG) “Youth unemployment among social risk/vulnerable groups (coordinated by the partner Tartu University, Estonia)”; “Business and creation of new working places in cross-border regions. Increase of sustainable entrepreneurship in cross-border areas” (coordinated by the partner Chamber of Commerce of Marijampole Region, Lithuania) and “Free movement of labour in cross-border regions: new possibilities and risks” (coordinated by partners Varmland County, Sweden and Hedmark County, Norway). The guidelines for the TWGs were developed and distributed. An agreement was signed with the Chamber of Commerce of Marijampole Region, Lithuania, on the coordination of the TWG “Business and creation of new working places in cross-border regions”.
  • September, 2014. Survey for the TWG (Thematic Working Group) “Business and creation of new working places in cross-border regions. Increase of sustainable entrepreneurship in cross-border areas”. The aim was to clarify the most suitable way and time of communication. The activity was implemented by the project partner and coordinator of the TWG – Chamber of Commerce of Marijampole Region, Lithuania.
  • August 18-19, 2014. The meeting of the TWG “Free movement of labour in cross-border regions: new possibilities and risks”  was organized in Hamar, Norway. The event was coordinated by the partners Varmland County, Sweden and Hedmark County, Norway.
  • November-December 2014. All TWGs were collecting best practice examples of projects combating youth unemployment in partner regions. The examples were supposed to be published in Best-Practice Handbook. The Handbook was not published so far due to suspension of the project.