SUCCESS FACTORS in the implementation
Competency and re-training courses help to address the mismatch between labour market needs and job seeker’s skills. The initiative fosters the employability of the target groups, thus helping to overcome the socio-economic disadvantages caused by unemployment (e.g. poverty, social exclusion, discrimination, etc.).
BARRIERS in the implementation
An evaluation that would identify the barriers was not performed. Several factors could have contributed to setbacks in the implementation, among them e.g. delays in receiving funding, which might have deterred labour offices to use the tool more extensively. The other factors that can lower the impact are: differences in skill assessment mechanisms, as well as social groups with no or low interest in further training.
Monitoring and evaluation
MONITORING and EVALUATION: Is progress measured regularly? What are the indicators used to measure progress of the policy instrument? Have any evaluations been conducted?
Regular monitoring reports are undertaken by the responsible ministry which contains the following set of indicators: unemployed participants who finish intervention; unemployed participants who were offered a job/other education/apprenticeship preparation/internship; participants who are employed 6 months after finishing the training.
EVIDENCE ON EFFECTIVENESS: How effective is the policy instrument?
Since the launch of the project, more than 15,000 jobseekers (8% of all jobseekers) have been trained, of which 15% were low skilled (REPAS+). According to the data available, the KOMPAS+ measure has trained 2,247 jobseekers (1% of all jobseekers), of which 37.5% were low skilled, since 2018 (OECD 2020).
SUSTAINABILITY: How sustainable is the policy instrument? Do you expect the instrument to continue over the next few years and why?
This initiative and especially its measures (REPAS+ and KOMPAS+) were re-launched in 2018 as a policy response to the European Commission’s recommendations on Upskilling Pathways (The Council of the European Union, 2016). The programme's continuation depends on the availability of ESF funding.