During the period 2017–2019, Forte is cooperating with the Swedish ESF Council, which administers the European Social Fund, in a thematic platform for promoting sustainable working life.

The platform is intended to promote a more efficient implementation of the European Social Fund in Sweden by gathering knowledge from the fund’s development projects and relating to existing knowledge and research. This creates the conditions necessary to strengthen and develop national labour market policy.

For Forte, the thematic platform provides new opportunities for highlighting issues relating to sustainable working life, so that the existing knowledge is put into use. The platform will contribute to further knowledge and improved conditions for the activities of the European Social Fund and Forte.

The platform is financed by the European Social Fund and is placed within Forte’s operations. The prioritisation and selection of focus areas are done in close cooperation with the Swedish ESF Council.

Activities

The thematic platform carries out external analyses, compiles knowledge, analyses the results of ongoing and completed projects, and highlights current research. Interesting projects will be highlighted in various ways. Forums for information and dialogue concerning ongoing work in the platform will also be created.

Examples of focus areas within the platform include strategic competence provision, competence provision in small and medium-sized enterprises, broadened competence provision, follow-up of project results, digitalisation etc.

Ongoing initiatives

  • Portfolio analysis within “Strategic competence provision” (Programme Area 1) including links to relevant research
  • Portfolio analysis “Increased work transfers” (Programme Area 2)
  • Inventory of companies and social fund projects working with broadened recruitment
  • Network for ongoing social fund projects focusing on digitalisation
  • Compilation of knowledge on current research regarding social innovations
  • Compilation of knowledge on current research regarding vocational training

Planned and completed events

  • 13-14 November 2018, Social Innovation Summit in Malmö
  • July 2018, Seminar in Almedalen on the topic of “The gig economy is here to stay, how do we make it sustainable and beneficial for individuals as well as society?”
  • May 2018, Seminar with ongoing Social Fund digitalisation Projects

About the ESF Council and the European Social Fund

The European Social Fund has financed projects in Sweden since 1995 and the Swedish ESF Council has been responsible for the Social Fund’s Swedish programmes since 2000. So far, more than 90,000 projects with more than 1 million participants have been carried out. This means that one in six Swedes of working age has been able to develop within the framework of a social fund project. During the previous programme period, 2007–2013, around 2,300 projects were carried out. Between 2014 and 2020, the Social Fund will have a turnover of around SEK 12 billion.

The European Social Fund was created in 1957 and operates in all EU countries. Its goal is the same now as it was then – the difference being that our world has changed. Increased global competition and new technological possibilities require new knowledge and expertise. Sweden must both excel in this competition and face these new challenges.

Read more at www.esf.se