J.P. Morgan and IPPR Announce New Skills at Work in Europe

  J.P. Morgan and IPPR Announce New Skills at Work in Europe

 Innovative research and programmes part of three-year initiative focused on
       unemployment, jobs, skills, and economic growth in UK and Europe

Business Wire

LONDON -- April 1, 2014

J.P. Morgan today announced the launch of New Skills at Work in Europe
alongside the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) as lead research
partner. The initiative is an initial $30 million, three-year programme
focused on addressing unemployment through macro strategies and specific
innovations to boost job creation, expand labour market participation and
develop the skilled workforce for the future in the UK and Europe. The
programme is the European component of JPMorgan Chase’s New Skills at Work
initiative announced in Washington, DC in December, and is the largest-ever
private-sector effort aimed at addressing the "skills gap" that exists across
many industries globally.

New Skills at Work in Europe will initially focus its efforts on the UK,
France, Germany, and Spain. In addition to IPPR, other UK partners include
Catch22, Participle, Social Mobility Foundation, The Sutton Trust and TimeWise
Foundation.

“At J.P. Morgan, we are committed to playing our part in contributing to
growth in Europe by supporting solutions that help address the acute
unemployment issue across the region and develop the skilled workforce needed
to power economic recovery and growth,” said Emilio Saracho, Deputy CEO for
EMEA at J.P. Morgan. “New Skills at Work in Europe will work with partners in
the UK, Germany, France and Spain to share insights and take practical steps
toward equipping people with the skills they need to obtain employment.”

New Skills at Work’s partners in Europe aim to address skills and employment
issues, and to create greater economic opportunities in local communities. For
example, TimeWise Foundation has great track record in providing career advice
and support for women looking for flexible employment, particularly from
low-income backgrounds through their Women Like Us programme. Catch22 is a
social business focused on providing services that help people from
disadvantaged backgrounds to turn their lives around. The organization worked
directly with over 34,000 people in 2013, supporting a further 60,000 young
people through national partnership programmes.

“At Catch22, we work with a range of people including excluded young people
and those at risk of becoming homeless. Our Office Apprenticeships Service,
supported by J.P. Morgan, has helped us to put these individuals in the way of
work experience and job opportunities,” said Chris Wright, Chief Executive at
Catch22. “Understanding the needs of the people you’re trying to serve on an
individual and a family level is so important if you want to achieve success.”

The partnership and new research produced by IPPR were unveiled at the
first-ever European Jobs and Skills Summit, a gathering of leading academics,
business leaders, politicians, policymakers, and civil society organisations
to address issues around unemployment and economic growth. The Summit was
hosted jointly by J.P. Morgan and IPPR at The Royal Institute in London.

“With New Skills at Work, we as a firm are addressing the growing problem of
unemployment across the globe – by investing in a demand- and data-driven
system to ensure people are equipped for the jobs that are available today,”
said Peter Scher, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility at JPMorgan Chase.
“We’re working with great partners to build a stronger workforce and create
opportunities that will boost economic growth in Europe and abroad.”

While in much of Europe the economy is recovering, unemployment remains a
major problem across the continent. As part of the launch, IPPR has published
a new report entitled European Jobs and Skills: A Comprehensive Review 2014.
Key findings of the research show that:

  *The polarisation of the European workforce, in which an 18 per cent
    increase in the number of high-skilled jobs and a 12 per cent increase in
    low-skilled jobs contrasts with a 3 per cent fall in mid-skilled jobs over
    the last decade
  *One-third of Europe’s unemployment is cyclical while two-thirds (i.e.
    about 7% of the workforce) is structural. Unemployment across Europe is
    predicted to still be more than one in ten next year, and is well above
    its pre-crisis level in most countries;
  *Since 2008, an extra 3 million more people across Europe now say that they
    would like to work longer hours, with a big increase in underemployment
    right across Europe. One in 10 European workers are now underemployed,
    with the most dramatic rises taking place in Portugal and Ireland.
  *Employment rates among older workers (aged 50-63) have increased, up 1.5%.
    Conversely, the employment rate for younger workers (under age 25) has
    declined 5.9%. Additionally, young people, particularly those leaving
    education early, may not be fully equipped with the skills and training
    required to gain entry into the workforce.
  *The decline in the proportion of the UK’s working age population in
    education or training during the long downturn (2007-2012) was four times
    greater than in any other European country. Of 24 European countries
    studied in the report, 15 have seen an increase in education and training
    participation.

“Europe’s economy is recovering but we need to ensure the fruits of that
recovery are shared more widely. We are seeing that while more high skilled
and low skilled jobs are being created, jobs in the middle are disappearing,”
said Nick Pearce, Director at IPPR. “Employment of older people during the
recession has held up, but it is becoming more difficult for younger people to
find work. Underemployment – in which people are not able to work the hours
they want at pay levels they need – is a growing problem. More high quality
research is needed to understand and tackle such issues, which is why the New
Skills at Work in Europe programme is so important.”

As announced in December, JPMorgan Chase Chairman & CEO Jamie Dimon will chair
the JPMorgan Chase Global Workforce Advisory Council, which will bring
together a group of private sector, non-profit, education and workforce
development thought leaders to ensure the effectiveness of the effort. The
Advisory Council will advise on the development, implementation and evaluation
of New Skills at Work. Melody Barnes, former Director of the White House
Domestic Policy Council, will co-chair the Council.

Notes to Editors:

1. Copies of the IPPR research report European Jobs and Skills: A
Comprehensive Review 2014 are available under embargo on request.

2. The overall $30 million investment converts to roughly £18.15 million;
€21.74 million.

About J.P. Morgan:

J.P. Morgan is a global leader in financial services, offering solutions to
the world’s most important corporations, governments and institutions in more
than 100 countries. The Firm and its Foundation give approximately $200
million annually to nonprofit organizations around the world and lead
volunteer service activities for employees in local communities, utilizing its
many resources, including access to capital, strength, global reach and
expertise. More information is available at www.jpmorgan.com.

About IPPR:

IPPR, the Institute for Public Policy Research, is the UK’s leading
progressive thinktank. We are an independent charitable organisation with more
than 40 staff members, paid interns and visiting fellows. Our main office is
in London, with IPPR North, IPPR’s dedicated thinktank for the North of
England, operating out of offices in Newcastle and Manchester. More
information is available at www.ippr.org

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J.P. Morgan
Elizabeth Seymour
Elizabeth.c.seymour@jpmorgan.com
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IPPR
Richard Darlington
r.darlington@ippr.org
+44 (0) 7525 481 602
 
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