Job placement is a service that matches job offers (or internship positions) with applications for employment (or work-based learning) in the formal public or private sector. Matching and placing are often combined with complementary or preparatory services increasing the employability or work readiness of jobseekers who experience difficulties in obtaining formal wage-employment (e.g. young people entering the labour market for the first time, long-term unemployed, people with disabilities).
A typical and wide-spread provider for placement (next to other active labour market measures) are public employment services (PES). There are also private placement service providers and placement services that are integrated into education institutions. Non-formal training providers often offer placement services as part of employment programmes for vulnerable groups. Online platforms can also facilitate placements.
Placement services offer jobseekers access to employment, work-based-learning or training opportunities. They support employers to fill vacancies with motivated and skilled employees. Generally, placement services link skill supply with demand in the labour market.
Service providers must have a good understanding of the needs of the various types of jobseekers as well as the needs and interests of employers. These two client groups (jobseekers, employers) have different needs.
Moreover, the world of work has its own culture (language, values, pace, customs, etc.) that differs significantly to the world of education. Serving both types of clients requires service providers to mediate expectations and to cultivate a winwin situation.