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Government agrees to new employment reform

The reform will bring an end to the much-criticised activation courses


Mette Frederiksen, the employment minister, said the reform focused on finding employment for the individual (Photo: Scanpix)

June 19, 2014
15:02

by Christian Wenande


The government has teamed up with opposition parties Venstre, Dansk Folkeparti and Konservative for a complete reform of the efforts geared towards getting people into employment.

The reform aims to ensure that Denmark will have one of the best-functioning labour markets in the world.

“The most important thing about the employment reform agreement is that there is a broad agreement about focusing on finding employment for the individual job-seeker – ahead of the system,” Mette Frederiksen, the employment minister, said in a press release.

“That means we’ll focus on long-term employment by replacing the endless activation courses with an educational lift for the unemployed who need it the most.”

READ MORE: Copenhagen has fewest unemployed young people

Focusing on education
The agreement will move about 500 million kroner away from activation courses and bureaucracy over to education opportunities that will qualify people to do jobs.

Meanwhile, a new model for contact between the unemployed and the employment system will be incorporated that will lead to a closer relationship between the unemployed and job centres and their unemployment insurance fund (A-kasse).

Other elements of the employment reform include a regional education pool of 100 million kroner a year dedicated to short, business-aimed educations and annual pools of 150 million kroner to upgrade the competencies of unemployed via education.



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