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Werkervaring or WEP+: Work Experience Programme or Work Experience Enterprises. Subsidized employment program for the long-term unemployed.

Country of implementation
Belgium
General short description of the innovation
A subsidized program, executed by ?Work Experience Enterprises? (WEE), which are nonprofit organizations or public enterprises, who offer work experience for 12 months (which might be extended up to 18 months) to long-term unemployed jobseekers (at least 24 months unemployed or 12 months inactive). Focus on providing work experience as well as providing the skills aimed at successful integration in the regular labor market (normal economic circuit ? NEC). These enterprises receive subsidies for the target group as well as for the personal coaching of these target group employees. Examples of activities deployed by WEE are health and social care (cleaning, ironing, family care, household services), green maintenance, construction, etc.
Target group
Total Populaton
Policy Field
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • public-private partnership
Duration of the policy
Started in 1999, still continuing at this point. Extended for the year 2014
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: Structural
  • Budgets: In 2012, the total budget of WEP was 50.3 million ? (http://www.werk.be)
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: In 2012, 2 398 were employed within a Work Experience Program
  • Spatial coverage: regional (Flanders)
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
Providing work experience as well as providing the skills aimed at successful integration in the regular labor market for one year, for long term unemployed. Objective is that after one year, the target group workers find a sustainable job in the Normal Economic Circuit (NEC).
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • encompassing security
Type of innovation
  • retrenchment or expansion of an existing/earlier policy
New outputs
  • job guidance, coaching and/or counselling
Intended target group
Low-skilled long-term unemployed
Working age population
  • educational level (low/medium/high) (low/medium (high level is allowed))
  • employment situation (unemployed)
  • main source of income: social protection (unemployment benefits)
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • employers (organised or individual) (Work Experience Enterprises)
  • private not-for-profit organisations (e.g. Third Sector organisation or NGO)
  • regional government (Department for Work and Social Economy )
Intended output
  • job guidance, coaching and counselling
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
should have an effect but at a low scale and there are no data available should have an effect as the target group are long term unemployed persons however, at a low scale and there are no data availableit should have an effect on the employment rate in the normal economic circuit as the WEP is geared at getting vulnerable groups into the NECshould have an effect however, at a low scale and there are no data available
Intended and unintended outcomes
In 2012, 38.2% of the persons who were employed in a Work Experience Program/Enterprise found a job in the NEC.
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