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Alison was the Policy Lab Manager for Jobs and Skills at the URBACT Summer University 2016 in Rotterdam – and previously Lab Manager on Human Capital at the URBACT Summer University 2013.  The Summer Universities bring city practitioners from across Europe together to work on the key challenges of a fictional medium sized European city – in a simulated local support group environment.

Alison led one of the 2014/15 URBACT capitalisation workstreams ‘Job Generation for a Jobless Generation’. Drawing on experiences from across Europe, this work looked at what cities can do to support more jobs for young people with a particular focus on employer engagement. The findings were published and presented at a workshop at the URBACT Riga City Festival and are available here. Alison led a workshop to showcase these results at the 1st Open Urban Day in Brussels in October 2015.

This builds upon a previous phase of URBACT Capitalisation where Alison led the More Jobs Better Cities work (2012/13) which explored how cities could support economic development and achieve job-rich growth.  The emerging findings were featured in an URBACT Tribune article. They were then presented and discussed with over 150 policy makers and practitioners at the More Jobs Better Cities workshop during the 2012 URBACT Annual Conference on 3-4 December in Copenhagen. A Framework for City Action on Jobs was published during the spring of 2013 and will be featured at Open Days 2013.

Previously Alison’s URBACT work has included organising a workshop on demand led workforce development at the URBACT Annual Conference in 2010, writing 2 articles for publication in the URBACT Tribune (downloads: article 1, article 2) and participating in a number of OECD conferences to share URBACT experiences internationally.

Jenny Koutsomarkou, Partnership Officer, URBACT
”I had the chance to work with Alison Partridge for several different workshops and studies initiated by the URBACT Secretariat. At all times, Alison has proved to be a reliable and efficient work partner in setting up the content and format of workshops or thematic working groups, and in delivering articles, reports and public events. She is a trustworthy and rigorous professional with knowledge of European and urban policies I recommend to anyone interested in working with her. ”

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