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Explores how demand-led workforce development strategies can be used as instruments of sustainable economic recovery in medium sized cities

In 2010, 8 medium sized cities from across Europe responded to the economic crisis by coming together to find innovative approaches to economic recovery, growth and resilience.  Early on in the project the partners identified that their people were their main asset and people were therefore placed at the heart of the Local Action Plans.  Between 2010 and 2013 the partners met to exchange good practice and learn from each other.  Each partner developed their own action plan around tackling the skills and workforce development issues they were facing.  

In January 2014, 5 of the original partners came together again to review their action plans and to begin to share the main challenges they face in delivering them.  ESIMeC II will run until early 2015 and enable the partners to address these challenges through continued transnational exchange and learning.

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Integrated action plans

An Integrated Action Plan (IAP) is a policy instrument that is produced by Action Planning networks within a period of 12 - 14 months after the beginning of their activities. The aim of the IAP is to respond in a concrete way to a urban challenge, which is common to all involved cities. Each partner city develops its own IAP, so all plans are unique in terms of local circumstances, territorial coverage and, most of all, the context in which this tool is proposed to be implemented. The creation and validation of this instrument relies in a collective undertaking, designed to strengthen commitment and to increase the prospect of sustainable delivery. In this sense, every partner city must establish a URBACT Local Group (ULG), in order to gather implicated stakeholders to co-create and participate in this process.Thus, the IAP reflect and integrate all ULG members' knowledge and learning from transnational exchange.
  • Basingstoke And Deane
  • Sabadell
  • Debrecen
  • Bistrita
  • Gävle