ERI Conference – Research in education 19-20.10.2015 Warsaw

Educational Research Institute (ERI) is organizing a conference: Research in education which summarizes two ERI system projects: “Examination of the quality and effectiveness of education and the institutionalization of research facilitiesand The development of educational value-added method for the purpose of strengthening the evaluation function of external examinations. The conference takes place on 19th-20th October 2015 at Radisson Blu Centre Hotel in Warsaw.


Labour market institutions – efficiency index

How can the effectiveness of the labour market be measured in EU countries? Is it possible to find one, common but reliable index? And if so, what could it be? How fast unemployed can find a job or perhaps the percentage of people moving from temporary to permanent contracts? Do countries which record  success in their labour markets have anything in common?


11th Evaluation Conference – 28-29.09.2015 Krakow

On 28th-29th September AD in Krakow takes place the 11th Evaluation Conference: ‘Evaluation of Cohesion Policy’ Results, challenges, solutions. Due to the International Year of Evaluation 2015, the organizers, i.e. Ministry of Infrastructure and Development, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development and Polish Evaluation Society, prepared a programme which enables deeper insight into the ex-post evaluation of cohesion policies of 2007-2013 in Europe, as well as presentations concerning the challenges and opportunities of the 2014-2020 evaluation.


European Commission proposes new initiative for the long-term unemployed

On 17th Sept European Commission announced another proposal concerning employment and social inclusion. This time the help will be directed to the long-term unemployed group (12 months or more). The number of people in this difficult situation doubled since the 2007, and raised from 6 mln to 12 mln in 2014. Among those 12 mln as much as 60% remains unemployed for 2 years or more.


Supporting continuous vocational education and training (CVET) – CEDEFOP’s Handbook

CEDEFOP states that during the meeting of the European Commission, EU Member States and social partners, which took place in Riga in June 2015, the participants agreed on pursuing the objectives leading to: “more attractive, inclusive, accessible and flexible adult learning”.

In 2014, just over 10% of adults (aged between 25 and 64) participated in lifelong learning, well below the EU’s target benchmark of 15% by 2020.


Good for Youth, Good for Business – European Alliance for Apprenticeships

Due to high levels of youth unemployment, in 2013 European Commision launched European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA). In the newly published brochure: Good for Youth, Good for Business, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, promotes the initiative: The European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) promotes the quality, supply and a positive image of apprenticeships, because they are an important vehicle for growth and jobs. (…) The private sector plays a key role in apprenticeship schemes. Apprenticeships can only take place if companies, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), are willing to take responsibility for the in-company training. This should be done in close cooperation and dialogue with the vocational education and training (VET) providers.


Labour Market and Wage Developments in Europe Report 2015

European Commission’s report: Labour Market and Wage Developments in Europe 2015 indicates continuous improvement in the European labour markets against the background of a gradual economic recovery in the EU.

The number of unemployed in the first quarter of 2015 was 23.6 million in the EU. The share of long-term unemployed is, however, on the rise, standing at 4.9% in the first quarter of 2015. Plans are being made to tackle this issue and to provide support to those remaining in this difficult position.


The EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review – II Q 2015

The Quarterly Report of the European Commission: Employment and social situation (July 2015) indicates a continuity from the previous quarter – one can observe a moderate recovery in the European labour markets.

The data indicate an improvement of the situation in most Member States and the euro zone. Again, one can observe an increase in permanent employment and full-time work. It is also greater than the growth rate of temporary or part-time jobs, which is a positive development. There can also be seen a more even distribution of growth in various social sub-groups, higher employment is seen among both women and men, young and old, as well as low-skilled and those with high qualifications. 


CEDEFOP labour market forecasts 2025

We invite you to read the new CEDEFOP report illustrating the trends on the Polish labour market by 2025. The report is a part of the Forecasting skill demand and supply, which provides detailed and accurate information on labour market trends in Europe. The consultants on the report on Poland were CEDEFOP Experts: Dr. Łukasz Sienkiewicz (IARP, Warsaw School of Economics) and Dr. Artur Gajdos (University of Lodz).

Detailed information is available on the CEDEFOP site [link]

The report in PDF format can be downloaded here [link]


Łukasz Sienkiewicz

Sienkiewicz Ł., Labour Market Impact of New Policy Developments in Economic Crisis in Poland, European Employment Observatory Spring Review 2009, European Commission.

Bednarski M., Sienkiewicz Ł., Samozatrudnienie w wymiarze regionalnym, w: Gospodarowanie zasobami pracy na początku XXI wieku. Aspekty makroekonomiczne i regionalne, red. Horodeński R.C., Sadowska-Snarska C., IPISS, WSE w Białymstoku, Białystok-Warszawa, 2009.

Sienkiewicz Ł., Elastyczność zawodowa Polaków jako determinanta decyzji zatrudnieniowych, w: Juchnowicz M. (red.), Postawy Polaków wobec pracy w zarządzaniu kapitałem ludzkim, Oficyna (Wolters Kluwer), Kraków 2009.

Sienkiewicz Ł., Wpływ czynników kulturowych na pomiar kapitału ludzkiego, w: Juchnowicz M. (red.), Kulturowe uwarunkowania zarządzania kapitałem ludzkim, Oficyna (Wolters Kluwer), Kraków 2009.