Randers collaborates on creating growth in the labour market

On the 4th of January 2016, Randers Municipality and the social partners launched a joint employment initiative in order to create better framework conditions for the companies and ensure an inclusive labour market. The aim is to create growth and hence jobs.

04. januar 2016

The initiative will create better framework conditions for the companies and ensure an inclusive labour market. The aim is to create the optimal conditions for growth and more jobs in Randers Municipality.

East Jutland is a coherent labour market

"The framework conditions that the municipality offers the business community are very important for companies’ ability to create growth and jobs. It is, among other things, about property tax reduction, infrastructure, the municipality's service to the business community and that there is the right labour supply, both now and in the future. Therefore, it is an important element in the employment initiative that we consider East Jutland as a coherent labour market and work to strengthen Randers municipality's position in Business Region Aarhus," says Søren Sørensen, who is chairman of the board of directors at the educational institution Tradium and member of the board of the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) in Randers/Norddjurs.

Concretely, the employment initiative provides for Randers Municipality to continue fighting for three lanes on motorway E45 and to meet the business community where it is and adapt the municipal services to the companies’ needs. This should be obtained by a better coordination of the business and employment work and by establishing a new company unit at the Randers Employment Agency with focus on the companies demand for labour across municipality borders.

More education and more inclusive workplaces

Another important element in the employment initiative is to improve the skills of and future-proof the local labour force. The employment initiative also pinpoint that it is a requirement that the companies actively contribute to create more inclusive workplaces for vulnerable workers.

"A prerequisite to ensure a positive development is that we do not lose anyone on the floor. Therefore, education and improvement of the skills of the existing labour force are incredibly important, just as it is important that we work to ensure that all young people get an education. Another thing that catches my attention is that the agreement involves a continued focus on Randers Municipality as an attractive public workplace. At the same time, it is crucial that the companies create jobs that can include the vulnerable citizens in the labour market," says Inge-Lise Christensen, who is the President of the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) in Randers.

The employment initiative also suggests that the employment agency make more cooperation agreements with local companies and that the municipality cooperates more closely with social economic enterprises in order to support the employment of vulnerable citizens.

The employment initiative describes efforts and focus areas, which are in progress or will be launched in 2016. Thus the employment initiative is to be renewed continuously with new initiatives.

"Right now things are going the right way in Randers. Companies experience growth, jobs are created and of course it is important for Randers that this development continues. Therefore, I am thrilled that Randers Municipality and the social partners today can launch a joint employment initiative. It is crucial that we pull in the same direction, if we are to ensure that the companies are given the best possible conditions in order to create growth and thus jobs in the future," says Claus Omann Jensen, who is Mayor of Randers Municipality.

Randers Municipality, the Danish Construction Association in Randers, the Confederation of Professionals in Denmark (FTF) in Randers, Business Randers, the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) in Randers, the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) in Randers/Norddjurs and the educational institutions in Randers stand behind the employment initiative.