QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 77 - Page 10

€2.4m to help T identify best way to improve labour market for young people HE PROJECT, which involves 13 other leading European universities, will look at the best solutions to create sustainable employment for young people and vulnerable groups. The project team, which will be working across 11 countries including Scotland, will identify some of Europe’s most innovative solutions for creating long term employment opportunities within the youth labour market. The INSPIRES (Innovative Social and Employment Policies for Inclusive and Resilient Labour Markets in Europe) project will see QMU play a major role in progressing the research work. A European project involving QMU has received €2.4 million to help create integrated services which will improve the labour market for young people across Europe. QMU’s Dr Marion Ellison is a partner on the research project. She explained: “The aim is to look at various areas of Europe and find out what employment strategies really work – what innovative ideas are producing positive outcomes for young people in terms of their employment. Our work in Scotland and across 10 other countries will identify unique and innovative employment policies that contribute to resilient and inclusive labour markets across Europe.” Dr Ellison continued: “This European Union grant is a significant win for Scotland and will see Scottish researchers working in partnership with some of Europe’s most distinguished universities.” The research team will identify what employment models and social policies have been highly effective in Europe. For example, the new East Lothian Hospitality and Tourism Academy in Scotland is being heralded as an exemplar of skills development for young people. The Academy, an innovative partnership between QMU, Edinburgh College and East Lothian Council, is an outstanding example of a model which secures real jobs whilst raising industry standards. Dr Ellison said: “We aim to discover, and ultimately share, some of the most inventive examples of social and employment policies. This may include creative partnerships involving businesses, local authorities, colleges and universities which are offering relevant skills development, better quality jobs and improved working conditions for young people. The information gained from this research project will be used to devise policies which will improve the labour market for young Europeans.” ❒ 10 QMYOU / Creativity & Culture