Documenta is actually involved in a new European project framed under the Lifelong Learning Programme, promoted by Rinova (organization from UK). The project was launched during the first partnership meeting, held at 15billion’s premises in Stratford, London on the 21st and 22nd October 2013.
Job brokerage has become a familiar function amongst UK employability and skills providers in recent times, but as a job role in itself, and one which increasingly operates through ‘payment by results’ systems, it is relatively under-specified. With high and persistent levels of unemployment across Europe, and in particular the crisis in youth unemployment, Rinova took the initiative to develop a new international project to explore this further.
The result is a new Leonardo Partnerships project, during which partners from UK, Spain, Cyprus, Italy, Austria and Iceland will join Rinova and undertake a programme of study visits and initial development work over the next two years, which will explore job brokerage initiatives and the skills needed by staff who find themselves in a Job Broker role.
At our first meeting, our visitors were also able to meet and receive presentations from two of our UK partners. of 15billion and Steve Middleton of Middleton Murray (picture above) kindly gave their time and spoke to the group about their respective approaches to job brokerage in London.
Amanda Francis of Rinova said “The Job Broker project was approved in all of the six countries where we applied together, which shows how important our Job Broker project was seen by each national authority. It was great to launch the project at 15billion and for the partners to meet Steve from Middleton Murray so that they could see job brokerage in action here in London – we are all very grateful to both of them.”