Netherlands - Talent 55+
A group ‘job club’ where experience, information and advice can be exchanged
Who did it?
The Talent 55+ initiative was designed to promote jobseekers aged over 55 and to emphasise the need for them within the labour market. It emerged from an earlier programme Action Plan Talent 45+ which had been implemented on the request of Parliament. The programme is delivered by specialised work coaches from the PES.
Where are we drawing the evidence from?
Information sourced from:
- The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development report (2014) Ageing and Employment Policies: Netherlands 2014: Working Better with Age (OECD Publishing)
- The PES Strategies in Support of an Ageing Workforce Study Report commissioned by the European Commission (2019)
What kind of support was it?
Group discussion, information sharing, networking. It has been referred to as a ‘job club’ for older jobseekers where experience, information and advice can be exchanged
Where did it run?
Nationally in the Netherlands
When did it run?
2010 – the programme scope narrowed to 55+ (from 45+)
Who did it serve?
Jobseekers on unemployment benefits or social assistance. Initially the networking groups targeted highly motivated and often well-educated people. However, this was later expanded to include a broader group of older jobseekers.
What were its key features?
- Network meetings: groups of 12-15 people met a total of 10 times. The meetings were facilitated by a dedicated work coach from the PES
- Drafting a job search plan, counselling and the use of a Competence Test
- Aimed to address specific deficits in job search behaviour of older workers such as a lack of information about the local work opportunities, outdated job-search skills, weak self-presentation in applying for jobs and in interviews
- Aimed to support/inspire each other increasing motivation and self-confidence, exchanging experiences, sharing job networks
- Tips and information about starting own company
- Activities at a national level to try to promote and change the image of older jobseekers
What were its outcomes?
- The intervention has not been fully evaluated but anecdotally, participants said they felt more confident, gained insight into their own competences, and became more able to make personal choices
- Approximately 50% of former participants felt that the programme increased their chances of gaining employment
- The rate of re-employment 6 months after the end of participation in the networking group was about 30% (in 2012) – therefore a person aged 55+ who participated in the networking sessions has 4 times more chance of finding a job than someone who did not
- The measure was seen as relatively cost-effective, partly because it stimulates ‘self-help’ and members often continued to meet after the 10 sessions had ended
- The need for greater effort to be made to change employers’ opinions of older workers was noted. Recommendations were made to strengthen the relationship between employers and prospective employees