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Employer's role in the work inclusion of disadvantaged groups

Open lecture by Professor Nicolette van Gestel on how to improve job opportunities for disadvantaged groups. The lecture is in collaboration with Centre for Work Inclusion (KAI) and INTEGRATE

Place: P-35, 6th floor Date and time: Thursday 31. May 2018 10:00 - 12.00

The lecture explores how employers’ engagement in network alliances with local government can enhance job opportunities of disadvantaged welfare recipients, and may require a further shift in local public services. Based on surveys among employers and welfare recipients, and interviews with politicians, managers and frontline workers in five Dutch municipalities, detailed evidence is provided about innovate and promising cases of engaging employers in public-private networks in employment services. Under certain conditions, vulnerable jobseekers are served better by a network approach with employers than by the regular, supply-driven approach. However, local governments as well as employers do not yet fully endorse the consequences of network alliances for their own role and services. The lecture reflects on network alliances with employers as a policy design for improving the job chances of disadvantaged jobseekers.

There will be prepared remarks by following three researchers at OsloMet:

Nicolette van Gestel

Nicolette van Gestel is Professor of New Modes of Governance, and Academic Director of the Executive Master in Public and Non-profit Management at TIAS School for Business and Society, Tilburg University, The Netherlands. She is an academic expert on public sector reform and organizational change.

Nicolette is an academic member of the Social and Economic Council (SER), a core advisory board of the Dutch government. She is member of the research panel of INTEGRATE, a core research group funded by the Norwegian Research Council.