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.



Policy context for employment and skills in Flanders, Belgium

The Belgian economy remained relatively resilient through the recent economic crisis. In particular, Flanders has one of the lowest unemployment rates across the three main regions in the country. However, unemployment among youth remains stubbornly high and will be a significant policy challenge moving forward. This chapter provides an overview of the employment and skills system in Flanders and describes the key institutional actors at the national, regional, and local level.


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