The second Norwegian national stakeholder meeting took place on February 21th 2017 at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA-NOVA). Representatives from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV), the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), private consultancies (previously Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), Oslo Region European Office (ORE) and representatives of Akershus Youth Council met to discuss the progress of the NEGOTIATE project.
The overarching aim of the meeting was to present the NEGOTIATE research results, discuss how the results could improve the understanding of early job insecurity and the entrance to the labour market in Norway, and how to respond politically to these challenges.
Greta Juul welcomed the national stakeholders and gave a short introduction on the progress of the NEGOTIATE project. Further, NEGOTIATE’s scientific coordinator Bjørn Hvinden underlined the importance of having a close collaboration with stakeholders concerning the NEGOTIATE project results on policy coordination, and the importance of receiving the stakeholders’ perspectives on the research results.
Christer Hyggen presented the results from the NEGOTIATE employer survey, and gave an introduction on the understanding of how early job insecurity can affect individuals’ future carrier. He talked about the history back to the lost generation and the situation today. What do employers emphasise when they are hiring youth, and what kind of political improvements could be recommended?
Further, Janikke Vedeler and Ida Tolgensbakk presented the results from life story interviews the NEGOTIATE team has conducted in seven European countries. The majority of the interviewed people have been, or are still, affected by unemployment or its scarring effects – through economic and social exclusion. Policy recommendations were highlighted in the areas of education, employment services and the practices of employers.
The National stakeholders contributed actively in the discussions, and underlined that the NEGOTIATE research results are important to enhance the knowledge in their own organisations, and to give policy recommendations based on research results.