EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Attractive workplace for all

These 102 cases, dating from 2006-2007, are examples of 'win-win situations', showing that it is possible to combine quality of work and employment with economic performance. They deal with key dimensions of the Lisbon strategy such as employability, increasing the labour market participation of underrepresented groups and people at risk of exclusion, pay, flexibility, and business creation and entrepreneurship. The involvement of the social partners at company and sectoral level is a significant aspect of the development of these policies and their outcomes.

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KCCS, Austria: Fostering employability

  • Austria
Due to a lack of qualified staff and available apprentices for the job of chemical technician, the chemical production company KCCS has cooperated with two other chemical companies, Dynea Austria and Kemira, in a joint apprenticeship programme. Workers with an apprenticeship in a different profession can complete an apprenticeship on the job and the training costs are covered by the company.
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    Fostering employability

Deutsche Steinkohle, Germany: Integration into the labour market of people at risk of exclusion – people with disabilities

  • Germany
Deutsche Steinkohle offers apprenticeships to deaf or hearing-impaired young people in a normal company setting. Instructors within the company have a good command of sign language, as the ability to communicate with the apprentices who have a hearing impairment is key to their successful integration into the workplace. Over the last years, more than 100 hearing-impaired or deaf young people mastered their skilled worker (craftsperson) qualification in technical professions which can be applied beyond mining occupations.
  • Category

    integrating people at risk of exclusion into the labour market

Bayer, Germany: Integration into the labour market of people at risk of exclusion – early school-leavers

  • Germany
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    integrating people at risk of exclusion into the labour market

SPL, France: Fostering employability

  • France
SPL, a SME producing pallets in the north of France, has introduced an initiative for some of its employees to allow them to start a process of work-experience certification (VAE, a scheme introduced into French law in 2002). The initiative was implemented with the support of the regional agency for the improvement of working conditions (ARACT). It is a good example of what a SME can do to allow workers to really benefit from VAE.
  • Category

    Fostering employability

HSBC, UK: Increasing the labour market participation of underrepresented groups – women

  • United Kingdom
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    increasing labour market participation of underrepresented groups

Jenoptik, Germany: Business creation and entrepreneurship

  • Germany
Jenoptik is the most successful remaining part of VEB Carl Zeiss Jena, the third largest cooperative of the former East Germany. The privatisation of the optics manufacturing group resulted in major organisational restructuring and decentralisation, including a substantial reduction of jobs. In this difficult context, Jenoptik attempted to establish a sectoral cluster in the central Jena region of Germany. An integral part of this effort was the take-over of DEWB, a venture capital company.
  • Category

    Business creation and entrepreneurship

Saab VCC, Sweden: Business creation and entrepreneurship

  • Sweden
Saab Venture Capital Council (VCC) is a unit within the Saab Corporation which is responsible for exploiting business ideas and innovations that fall outside the Saab core business concept. Saab VCC has its own staff and budget and is a profit centre in itself. The venture capital unit is placed close to the senior management and has a well-established position in the company. Since its launch in 2001, Saab VCC has made 11 exit transactions and generated a capital gain of €15 million.
  • Category

    Business creation and entrepreneurship

Société Générale, France: Increasing the labour market participation of underrepresented groups – women

  • France
Société Générale, a worldwide bank, recently concluded a collective agreement on equality between men and women. This agreement sets out important measures dealing with the whole topic, especially quantitative measures. Regular follow-up is planned, implemented by both management and the trade unions
  • Category

    increasing labour market participation of underrepresented groups

Eurogate, Germany: Integration into the labour market of people at risk of exclusion – long-term unemployed

  • Germany
Eurogate introduced a policy to integrate long-term unemployed people into the workforce. After intensive selection procedures, successful applicants are trained as gantry crane or van carrier operators. Participants then receive a fixed-term employment contract for two years followed by a permanent contract. In the last six years, the company created 1,350 new jobs, allocating 600 of these to long-term unemployed people. Since 2001, Eurogate only recruits long-term unemployed people for blue-collar jobs.
  • Sectors

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    integrating people at risk of exclusion into the labour market

SODESI, France: Business creation and entrepreneurship

  • France
A subsidiary of Air France, SODESI is a small company that provides personal support to employees willing to start their own business. Air France is SODESI’s main client. Founded in 1996, the company has implemented several tools and partnerships in order to foster occupational mobility and, in particular, entrepreneurship.
  • Category

    Business creation and entrepreneurship

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