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Over the next months, from august until December 2007, three participating cities in the Briefcase project will develop a pilot action within the frame of the Briefcase project. These cities are Bologna, D?sseldorf and Chemnitz. The actions they will undertake, serve to discover and develop new ways of dealing with care services in their local community. In this way these cities can take up ideas and incentives from the other participants in the Briefcase network and put them into practice locally. Of course, local circumstances play an important role. Each of the pilot activities focus on a specific local problem, need or desire for the future. Now, we will shortly describe the current state of the art regarding the ideas and plans concerning the pilot activities. The city of Bologna will actively work with baby sitters that currently work on the local black market. They want to integrate them into the formal market of demand and supply of care services. By providing training and qualification for the babysitters their skills and qualifica-tions will be enhanced. Next to that, the city of Bologna will set up a system of supply and demand for families and babysitters. In this way the municipality hopes that the babysitters can ?escape? the black market and, at the same time, that the quality of care services for Bolognese parents is enhanced. The city of D?sseldorf has set up a partner connection between the local Chamber of Com-merce and Industry and the Youth Welfare Office. Together they want to stimulate the exis-tence of company supported childcare in medium and small companies in the region. The aim is to enhance the involvement of these employers in care services for young children for their employees. With the pilot action the city of D?sseldorf wants to raise awareness among me-dium and small employers concerning the possibilities employer child care services will offer to them and their employees. According to the latest questionnaire from June 2007 of the Allensbach Institute for opinion research, on request of the German Ministry of Family, Seniors, Women and Youth, employers that already offer childcare services report positive effects on the work motivation (94%), on the image of the firm (76%) and also on the recruitment of employees (58%). The German Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Family, Seniors, Women and Youth want to stimu-late small and medium companies to support these kind of services. A balanced mix of generations is important for the infrastructure and the economy of the city of D?sseldorf. Through activities as the ?family card? and the expansion of child care services, D?sseldorf is working closely with local companies towards the implementation of family-friendliness as a standard factor in their policies. With this pilot action, aimed at small and medium companies, this cooperation will be enhanced and further developed. The city of Chemnitz will organise a questionnaire among youngsters of around 14 years old. These high-school kids will be questioned on how they see their future career and family planning and on their views on care services for children. In short, the pilot action wants to answer the question: how do young people in Chemnitz want to organise work and care in the future? The reason that Chemnitz wants to undertake this activity is the underlying problem of work-migration towards other regions. Especially young girls tend to leave the city and look for employment elsewhere. Next to that there is a lack of women in the ?male dominated? sec-tors of the labour market like engineering, technical professions and IT and a lack of men in the traditionally ?female? sectors. By questioning youngsters on their future needs and visions on childcare and careers they want to bring awareness concerning these issues among the inhabitants of Chemnitz and, more important, among local employers. The desired output is that for future families in Chemnitz the need to work in other parts of the country or abroad decreases (because labour market opportunities for women rise), thus keeping the young people and young families within the city of Chemnitz.
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