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Employment and Skills Strategies in Flanders, Belgium

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This report delivers evidence-based and practical recommendations on how to better support employment and economic development in Flanders, Belgium. It builds on sub-national data analysis and consultations with local stakeholders in two case study areas (Antwerp and Limburg). It provides a comparative framework to understand the role of the local level in contributing to more and better quality jobs. The report can help national, regional, and local policy makers in Belgium build effective and sustainable partnerships at the local level, which join-up efforts and achieve stronger outcomes across employment, training, and economic development policies. Co-ordinated policies can help workers find suitable jobs, while also stimulating entrepreneurship and productivity, which increases the quality of life and prosperity within a community as well as throughout the country.

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Executive summary

Flanders emerged from the global financial crisis in a relatively healthy position with stable unemployment levels compared to the OECD average. However, certain groups of individuals, such as youth and older workers face significant barriers to successful labour force participation. Creating quality jobs and developing relevant skills will be an important priority to continue growing the economy.

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