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Experiment work to work transitions

Country of implementation
The Netherlands
General short description of the innovation
A series of subsidised experiments to develop methods for stimulating work to work transitions of workers who face redundancy
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • education
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • public
  • social partnership
Duration of the policy
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: Temporary
  • Budgets: 1.938 million
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: 785 workers
  • Spatial coverage: 9 experiments, mostly regional
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
This experiment was meant to develop methods that stimulate work-work transitions, especially based on co-operation between various private stakeholders and social partners instead of the unemployment agency UWV. The state subsidies allowed to invest a maximum of 2,500 euros per employee to support a work-work transition. Priority was given to transitions between sectors. The nine experiments each used their own methods, for example by offering re-training, personal guidance and job brokering or job carving.
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
temporary experiment
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • others (The experiments have used both existing instruments as well as some innovative instruments such as vouchers and obligations for employers to hire redundant workers from other companies)
  • services
  • training schemes
Clarification of intended mechanisms, outputs and outcomes (optional)
Despite the differences between the experiments, an innovative element of all experiments is to prevent unemployment by supporting work-to-work transitions. The common denominator is that in each experiment a network of stake holders has invested in developing methods to stimulate work-work transitions.
Intended target group
Workers at risk of redundancy
Working age population
  • main source of income: paid work
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state (Subsidies)
  • employees (organised or individual)
  • employers (organised or individual)
  • private for-profit organisations (commercial)
  • private not-for-profit organisations (e.g. Third Sector organisation or NGO) (Training companies and vocational education schools)
Clarification of the role of various actors
The exact configuration of actors was different for each experiment, but all were based on network co-operation between various stake holders.
Intended output
  • governance (New partnerships)
  • services
  • training schemes
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
Most transitions have been made towards temporary, fixed-term contractsThe experiments together have realized 404 transitions (60%) to other work or a learing-working place, which may be interpreted as (temporary) prevention of unemployment
Intended and unintended outcomes
The experiments together have realized 404 transitions (60%) to other work or a learing-working place, which may be interpreted as (temporary) prevention of unemployment
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
The outcomes show that investing in work-work transitions may prevent unemployment for low-skilled older workers. It must be noted that transitions have been made towards temporary contracts or working experience jobs, with unclear outcomes for the longer term. The evaluation states that results are due to successful network co-operation and application of existing instruments, often based on inter-organisational relationships that have existed for a long time. So the activation of existing networks to invest in a new goal (work-work) appears to be the most important development. The outcomes have been presented to social partners who have been asked by the minister to take them in to account when further developing work-work policies at the sectoral level. The social agreement concluded in April 2013 has indeed followed up on the outcomes of the experiments and instigated the development of sectoral job plans which include stimulation of work-work transition.
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