Job agencies to exchange vacancy data

6th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 June 2006, BRUSSELS — The regions of Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia are to start the systematic exchange of information over job vacancies in bid to primarily fill chronic work shortages.

6 June 2006

BRUSSELS — The regions of Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia are to start the systematic exchange of information over job vacancies in bid to primarily fill chronic work shortages.

The project is aimed at giving employers more possibilities to find suitable staff and help jobless workers become employed.

Most of the information will be focused on jobs face a chronic shortage of workers, but also job vacancies that are not filled quickly.

The regional jobs agencies will co-operate on the project, Flemish public broadcaster VRT reported on Tuesday.

"In Flanders, it includes 3,200 vacancies. To fill these primarily chronic vacancies, we are going to work with our colleagues from Forem in Wallonia and BGDA from Brussels," Flemish jobs agency VDAB chief Fons Leroy said.

Brussels is expected to benefit most from the scheme. The capital region currently has an unemployment rate of 21 percent.

The Brussels jobs agency BGDA has 1,700 jobs vacancies. Due to the co-operative project, the agency will be able to offer 5,000 job vacancies to unemployed workers.

The German-speaking region in Belgium will become involved in the project later this year.

The regional jobs agencies will also improve co-operation in the area of education and training. It is hoped the new focus will create greater flexibility in the labour market.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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