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Fitness industry seeks millennium-old skills – and knowledge of how to become bootylicious

Fitness industry seeks millennium-old skills – and knowledge of how to become bootylicious

More than four million Nordic citizens are members of gyms like Sats Elixia. As a result, the demand for skilled instructors is considerable. We joined one student of theology, one accountant and one brand expert in their spinning, yoga and shape classes.

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How Sats Elixia works to secure the right competency

How Sats Elixia works to secure the right competency

Competency is a moving target, since the knowledge needed to manage a job always changes. In the fitness and exercise industry this is doubly true. Not only does one trend replace another. Competency also often means knowing the right movements and how to make people move.

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How do you motivate adult Danes to retrain?

How do you motivate adult Danes to retrain?

The Danish adult and continuing education system is being reorganised in order to get more Danes to choose to take part in continuing training. One in three say they are not interested.

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Older colleagues’ experience needed as the 80’s generation take over the Viking ferries

Older colleagues’ experience needed as the 80’s generation take over the Viking ferries

Viking Line is facing a real challenge. The largest age group onboard their Baltic Sea passenger ferries is 50 to 59 year olds. When they retire, a big chunk of competence disappears. The company has decided to treat this as a challenge and not a problem.

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Restaurants break with old language norm – English makes an entrance

Restaurants break with old language norm – English makes an entrance

Finnish restaurateurs are worried about the lack of Finnish-speaking waiters. As a result, more and more restaurants now seek English-speaking staff. Meanwhile, trade unions sound a warning that many young people are leaving the trade because of low pay and a lack of workplace training opportunities.

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A Nordic drive for lifting competencies

A Nordic drive for lifting competencies

A changing labour market always needs new competency. Employees and employers must stay up to date. Workplaces from fitness centres to fisheries need to secure the knowledge which new developments demand, whether it is digitalisation or yoga. All the Nordic countries are looking at how to organise their adult and continuing education. In good Nordic tradition, employers, employees and authorities work together to find the best solutions. We check the state of affairs across the Nordics.

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The Nordics: More openness for labour market inclusion

The Nordics: More openness for labour market inclusion

The refugee crisis has led to more activity and cooperation between the Nordic countries in order to find the best ways of including refugees into the labour market. But inclusion is also about being open to everyone who for different reasons struggle to get a foothold in working life. Work done by Danish municipalities shows success can be achieved when the integration measures feel meaningful to all involved.

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The Nordic region wants more refugees in work

The Nordic region wants more refugees in work

The Nordic countries are leading the way when it comes to the inclusion of refugees, says the OECD’s Thomas Liebig. He holds up the unique structural introduction programmes as one example. The problem is that not many find work after finishing the programme. Norway’s Minister of Labour Anniken Hauglie wants to improve the way the measure is targeted in order to get refugees into the labour market.

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Polish immigrants in Norway – with only one foot in the labour market

Polish immigrants in Norway – with only one foot in the labour market

Polish labour immigrants travelled to Norway rather than to Sweden or Denmark, which were closer, when Poland joined the EU in 2004. Most did not intend to stay, but after some years their families joined them in Norway. Because of short work contracts, the immigrants are in a kind of limbo. They have a job, but little prospect of promotion.

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Refugee immigration not primarily about money

What do refugees cost? It is a concern for both proponents and opponents of welcoming refugees to a country. Yet research shows the challenge is more social than economic, where the major risk of alienation lies in the gap between those who have a job and those who do not.

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What does a stint in jail mean for getting a job?

What does a stint in jail mean for getting a job?

A new study compares employment of previous inmates in four Nordic countries up until five years after their release. The aim has been to see whether former inmates in certain countries are more successful in finding work, and whether this is a result of the work of the correctional services or labour market measures.

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How Danish municipalities are creating meaningful inclusion

How Danish municipalities are creating meaningful inclusion

Danish municipalities are in the vanguard when jobs are created for people who are far removed from the labour market. Their experience shows all employees can benefit if the inclusion is done right.

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Labour market inclusion more important than learning Finnish

Labour market inclusion more important than learning Finnish

Why should it take seven years for immigrants to get nothing more than low-paid work, when there are expensive labour market measures in place? When can they get a well-paid job in the private sector after just one year!

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Three sharing economy companies show one size doesn't fit all

Three sharing economy companies show one size doesn't fit all

Uber and Airbnb have taken most of the limelight, but new platform companies are being developed all the time. Finn.no, Cool Company and Ework Group are three examples of Nordic companies using digital platforms to link customers with various types of services.

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A Nordic model for fair platform economies

A Nordic model for fair platform economies

He has a vision for Nordic cooperation between the social partners in order to make labour market agreements part of the digital platforms which organise and allocate work. “We want to create a distinctly Nordic variation of the platform economy and make it easier for employers to be good employers,” says Fredrik Söderqvist from the Unionen trade union.

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The sharing economy and its effect on the labour market

The sharing economy and its effect on the labour market

How large is the sharing economy in the Nordic region really? And how should it be defined? One thing about the sharing economy most agree on is that it can be defined in different ways depending on whether you belive working conditions, flexibility. or technology is the most important thing.

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From poverty to dream holiday in Bali thanks to Airbnb

From poverty to dream holiday in Bali thanks to Airbnb

The sharing economy is thriving in Iceland. It has not had major consequences for the country’s labour market, and the development has happened on its own terms – driven by tourism. Icelanders share their houses and cars with tourists. Iceland’s tax authorities are now going to work together with Airbnb.

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Disruption shakes the Nordic agreement model

Disruption shakes the Nordic agreement model

The social partners in the Nordic region have to adapt the Nordic labour market model to fit the sharing economy, driverless forklifts and other new labour market trends. If they don’t, others will, a Danish expert warns. The Danish government and the social partners have approached the task by establishing a new body: “The Disruption Council”.

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Danish working environment in crisis – and measures are about to change

The Danish government has become so worried about the deterioration of the quality of working environments that it is now making changes to working environment measures. Trade unions are calling for a stop to cuts to the Working Environment Authority.

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Iceland: Tourism boom leads to flourishing black market

Iceland: Tourism boom leads to flourishing black market

The Icelandic dream turned into a nightmare, says a Polish woman. Eastern European bus drivers work for 500 euro a month. Hotels suspected of employing asylum seekers. People trafficking suspected as two people worked around the clock in a basement. These are headlines from Iceland.

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