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EmployID is a research project aiming at supporting public employment services and their employees in adapting to the changes to their world of work by facilitating the development of their professional identities.

London PES Symposium (OCT 2015) - Innovative Practices for Public Employment Services (PES) Under Pressure.

A one day European Symposium about Professional Identity Transformation in European PES
Organized by the EC Funded Project EmployID

As key agents in a volatile labour market, Public Employment Services (PES) across Europe constantly need to adapt, become more resilient and innovative in their work. EmployID, a major EU‐funded four‐year project (2014 – 2018), supports PES managers and practitioners to develop skill sets, knowledge and competences that address the need for integration and activation of job seekers in fast changing labour markets.

The aim of this one-day event is to present, demonstrate and discuss key findings from the initial phases of the EmployID Framework 7 funded EU project, specifically, innovative practices that are being piloted by the three contrasting PES partner organisations:

  • Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) UK
  • Zavod Republike Slovenije za zaposlovanje (ZRSZ) , Slovenia; and
  • Croatian Public Employment Service (CES).

The Symposium will bring together stakeholders from a range of key PES and allied organisations interested in social and technological innovation, as well as the enhancement of Public Employment and Allied Services through ideas and action.

EmployID at the ANSE Research Conference on Supervision and Coaching

The EmployID team members Barbara Gogala (ZRSZ) and Carmen Wolf (KIT) participated at the ANSE Research Conference on Supervision and Coaching on 24th and 25th April 2015 at Károli Gáspár University in Budapest, Hungary. The motto was “Inspire and be inspired!” and there was much space for experience and knowledge exchange as well as fruitful discussion in between the seminars. Carmen Wolf (KIT) presented the problematic of changing emotional states in mobile Self-Coaching and Peer Coaching in a seminar (“Pattern states in coaching and changing them in self-e-coaching”). Barbara Gogala (ZRSZ) who is also a former ANSE board member moderated the session with seminars on “Experiences in the world of labour”.

The first day started with an opening lecture on democracy by Prof. Dr. Anton Pelinka (Central European University Budapest, Hungary) who stated that freedom is a precondition for research and academic teaching. In a key note by Dr. Zsuzsanna Mirnics (Károli Gáspár Református Egyetem, Hungary) the issue on methodical and practical research of supervision was raised which is like in coaching mainly consisting on in-case studies. The strong need of evidence based studies was highlighted. Prof. Dr. Brigitte Schigl (Danube-University Krems, Austria) presented results from her and her students works on supervision and stated that there can be unwanted side effects and risks by supervision. This is also a very important issue for coaching: Katrin Oellerichs (University of Kassel) made that quite clear, when she presented the “dark side of coaching”. A lot of impact have expectations or the mental image of coaching how results of coaching are accepted or seen as negative effect.  A big issue that makes research in coaching more difficult was mentioned by Prof. Dr. Heidi Möller (University of Kassel) on why coaches do (not) participate in coaching research. In an online-study she found out that one among other reasons why coaches do not participate in coaching research is the fear of being in a bad position afterwards.

First Review of EmployID: Promising progress

Part of the EmployID team presented the first year's achievements to an expert panel of reviewers at Luxembourg. This included the lessons learned from engaging with various Public Employment Services, the conceptual and evaluation framework as well as the first piloted solutions, such as as Reflective Learning Platform, a Social Learning Programme on FutureLearn, a Labour Market Intelligence tool, and work on learning analytics.

The project's progress was perceived to be be very promising as were the developed concepts. Also the agile approach as well as the integrated team was seen as a strong component in the project. Dissemination and stakeholder engagement was seen as excellent. Both the reviewers and the project members enjoyed the conversations very much, and this is giving the second year another boost. Looking forward to continuing the journey.

EmployID at LearnTec 2015

LearnTec 2015 has been again one of the most important events in learning technologies. Carmen Wolf from KIT, Christine Kunzmann from Pontydygu, and Andreas Schmidt from Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences have discussed opportunities for joining forces in developing novel coaching approaches with Elke Berninger-Schäfer and Frank Wernert from CAI World who have developed an innovative virtual coaching platform. CAI is an associate partner who has supported the project activities in the first year and is part of the exploitation strategy of the project.

As part of a Trend forum session, Andreas Schmidt had the opportunity of presenting EmployID to the LearnTec audience.

EmployID Peer Coaching framework goes to Dubai

The EmployID project Coaching to Facilitation Competence Framework was presented, practiced and feedback was gathered at the workshop "Skills for effective guided learning - tools for achieving ambitious learning and innovation goals" at the Interactive Collaborative Learning Conference (part of the 2014 Word Engineering Education Forum). http://www.icl-conference.org/icl2014/Brief Description: Technology enhanced learning solutions provide a support to a variety of formal and informal learning processes.

EmployID Coaching workshop at ICL2014 Conference

An international audience attended the workshop titled "Skills for effective guided learning - tools for achieving ambitious learning and innovation goals" at the ICL2014 conference, which tool place in Dubai, UAE. The aim of the workshop was to provide participants with a conceptual framework as well as simple and practical coaching tools they can use for effective guided learning, and align their learning objectives with their intrinsic motivation and identified ambitious (empowering) objectives.

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