‘Work Trial’ is a functional and cost-effective service that will continue to be needed

MDI carried out a study, ‘Work trial as a service’ provided by the TE Office for the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. We examined the experiences of the work trials service as reported by clients, participating workplaces and specialists from the TE Office.

According to the study, the financial benefits of work trials are higher than the costs – it was found that Work trials improved the participants’ situation both in terms of employment and educational opportunities.  However, work trials did not improve the situation of those belonging to disadvantaged groups.

Steps should therefore be taken to continue and develop the work trials service further. Work trials should be linked more closely with other services, studies and language skills development. The experimental nature of the work trials should be emphasised and participation should be encouraged. The administrative process should be digitalised.

A greater level of support should however be given to both participants and organisers while  clearer instructions and systematic control are required to prevent any form of misuse related to work trials.

As part of the study, a recruitment experiment was also examined, the effects of which were also positive. For the majority of participants, it led to employment.

 

A sustainable green transition is achieved by investing in the diversity of RDI activities – the AGDA project continues to work on this theme

AGDA is a Nordic development project funded by the Nordic Gender Equality Fund (NIKK). The project focuses on the opportunities that a greater focus on diversity and inclusion could create in the RDI-field, particularly in respect of green transition.

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MDI leads the co-creative process of developing, piloting and sharing practices for wellbeing in Sustainable Cities

The challenge bundle work is the cross-cutting co-development of the “Sustainable City” programme, co-ordinated by the Ministry of the Environment, with the aim of producing and sharing information, knowledge and solutions to the challenges linking cities’ management and practice in the area of leading work towards sustainability. The work produces concrete development measures, new ways of doing things and peer learning.

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A new project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture will explore multi-locality from the point of view of companies and their employers: is place-independence becoming the future norm of successful companies?

Although remote working and place-independent work have already been examined extensively from both the public administration implications and individual perspectives,…

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