Federal Reserve Bank & Rutgers Uni Conference Summary

Kari P Hadjivassiliou was invited to take part in the Panel on ‘European Workforce Development Policies: Lessons for the United States’ at the conference, Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century. This conference, held on 15-17 October 2014 in New Jersey (Rutgers University), was cosponsored by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. The Panel was moderated by Philip Murphy, Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany and the other panelists were (i) Ellen Hansen, Former Senior Expert, ILO; (ii) Regina Konle-Seidl, Senior Researcher, IAB Germany; and (iii) Sebastian Patta, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Volkswagen of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The themes of the panel was (i) what works in other countries, notably the EU, and (ii) how can good practice examples from the EU be transferred to the US. Kari spoke about policies and programmes that have proved effective in addressing youth employment in the EU such as the Youth Guarantee and the dual training system. However, she also stressed the importance of the national or regional and even local context as a major challenge for effective policy implementation and transfer. In other words, the success of programmes such as the Youth Guarantee and apprenticeships which have proved effective in the labour market integration of young people, depend on a number of factors (e.g. school-to-work transition patterns and youth labour market structure/dynamics) and their interplay within a particular national context.