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The EmployID project is a major EU-funded four-year project which aims to support staff in Public Employment Services (PES) to develop appropriate competences that address the need for integration and activation of job seekers in fast changing labour markets. It builds upon career adaptability in practice, including career management skills and quality as well as evidence-based frameworks, for enhanced organisational learning. It also supports the learning process of PES practitioners and managers in their professional identity development by supporting the efficient use of technologies to provide advanced coaching, reflection, networking and learning support services. The project focuses on scalable and cost effective technological developments that empower individuals and organisations to engage in transformative learning practices, assisting their capability to adapt to rapidly changing pressures and demands. This presentation describes the concept of facilitation in terms of different facilitation support. It also reports from the first insights into contextual exploration and derives important contextual challenges for the implementation of learning innovations in Public Employment Services.

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  • 1. Scalable & cost-effective facilitation of professional identity transformation in public employment services This project has received funding from the European Unions Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 619619 Introducing learning innovation in public employment services. What role can facilitation play? ICELW 2014, June 12th 2014 Dr. Barbara Kieslinger Centre for Social Innovation, Austria

2. www.employid.eu Motivation Challenges for European Public Employment Services (PES): high unemployment rates due to economic crises youth unemployment and demographic change continually changing regulations and scarce resources Transitions of counsellors work: from advisers into coaches from matching supply and demand to coaching clients towards a higher career adaptability and employability Successful transition of professional roles requires continuous learning processes 3. www.employid.eu EmployID project facts Objectives: to deliver sustainable and cost-effective support for professional identity transformation as a complex and continuous learning process, on an individual, organisational and European network level, using a holistic tool suite. Main facts: European research project Runtime of 4 years (Feb 2014 Feb 2018) 10 partners, amongst them 2 PES (DWP from UK and ZRSZ from Slovenia) Successful history of cooperation amongst partners 4. www.employid.eu Elements of Professional identity 5. www.employid.eu Professional identity (trans)formation Model of occupational identity formation (Brown, 1997) Changes for European Public Employment Services Changes for European Public Employment Services new services for clients from advisers to coaches new skills and competencies updated knowledge on labor market information flexibility, career adaptability 6. www.employid.eu Individual characteristics Motivation, self-efficacy, resilience, career adaptability Cognitive development Technical competences, knowledge base, critical thinking Transfer of knowledge to new domains Practical development Practical skills and knowledge, doing things on the job & reflecting Innovation for new practices Relational development Relate to a community and its practices, learning from others change it actively Emotional development Well-being, feelings, meaning in life, understanding self & others reflexiveness Professional identity transformation as a learning process in European Public Employment Services from advisers to coaches 7. www.employid.eu Support the group to: Collaboratively reflect and share good practice, problems and innovation Support supervision and guidance of others Monitor the group progress Support Individuals to: Understand how to bridge old and new roles Identify personality types and gaps in knowledge and skills Reflect on new praxis, problems and innovation potentials Explore feelings related to identity development and workplace cultures Monitor individual progress What can facilitation do? Emotional development Individual characteristics Cognitive development Practical development Relational development from advisers to coaches 8. www.employid.eu Facilitation a technique by which one person makes things easier for others Kitson, Harvey, McCormack (1998) 9. www.employid.eu Human Facilitators Multiple roles trainers, coaches, moderators, peer learners Important skills set Flexibility, ability to listen & understand, empathy, self-awareness, ability to remain neutral PES context Diversified need of individuals Peer facilitation not institutionalized Big time constraints, heavy workloads EmployID approach Identify key staff who start as facilitators Involve key facilitators early in the process Get management buy-in 10. www.employid.eu Tools as Facilitators eCoaching tools For self coaching & peer coaching (intervision) Documentation, powerful questions, management of roles, Reflection tools For individuals & groups Documentation & structuring, sending prompts, PES context Support PES practitioners to become facilitators (own, peers, clients) Combine coaching and reflection support Well integrated into workflow and timely Not just another tool 11. www.employid.eu Example:TheTalkReflection App Reflection of Conversations With Clients 12. www.employid.eu Example:TheTalkReflection App Created together with companies / organisations and evaluated in different settings (Health) Care Public Administration Risk Management Support for Learning in areas in which experience is most important No formal education is available Emotions are involved 13. www.employid.eu Example: Mobile Self-Coaching 14. www.employid.eu Self-Coaching with your Mobile Self-Coaching: Guided process in tool clarification of the problem description/ analysis of the problem change of pattern state finding objectives, searching for solutions, selection & planning further steps Advantages Independent of time and space Available anytime Means for intervention and structuring without coach present Anonymous Documentation for later usage Teaches coaching skills 15. www.employid.eu Example: MOOCs Learning Online Learning online, Taking exams, Getting certified 16. www.employid.eu MOOCs: Learning Online Advantages of MOOCs High-quality content freely accessible Accessible for many people in parallel Learning at own pace, own interest Community of learners, mutual support Generic MOOC on changing careers, work, identities Making sense of changes in work, employment, careers and identities Develop coaching skills and supporting others in career development Finding out more about yourself, reflect on own career Via FutureLearn 1st quarter of 2015! Particular topics for PES MOOCs Labor Market Information, green jobs, responses to youth unemployment, 17. www.employid.eu Environments as Facilitators 18. www.employid.eu Contextual challenges conceptual socio-technical methodological 19. www.employid.eu Dont forget to analyze the context in detail! Listen to employees, look out for key informants Dont forget to get the management buy- in! Define their role in the process from the beginning Dont make it just another tool! Integrate it in the workflow of the people Give them ownership 20. www.employid.eu EmployID facilitation approach 21. www.employid.eu Expected outcome: Acknowledge and share practitioner knowledge, skills and professionalism Support transferring knowledge from training to practice Foster innovation at work Increase self-directedness and commitment for learning at work Supported monitoring and evaluation of implementation of changes Support competence development and career adaptability EmployID tool suite for individual and group facilitation Emotional development Individual characteristics Cognitive development Practical development Relational development from advisers to coaches 22. www.employid.eu What are we trying to do? 23. www.employid.eu Thank you! EmployID project team Dr. Barbara Kieslinger Project Coordinator Centre for Social Innovation ZSI, Austria kieslinger@zsi.at Co-authors Jenny Bimrose, Alan Brown, Teresa Holocher- Ertl, Christine Kunzmann, Michael Prilla, Andreas P. Schmidt, Carmen Wolf