TALENTS - Regional and local measures to develop the potential of refugees

Project Leader

Volkshochschulverband Baden-Württemberg e.V.

Project Partners

Kultusministerium Baden-Württemberg
Arbetsmarknad och vuxenutbildning i Göteborgs Stad
Cuben Utbildning AB
Oslo Voksenopplæring Rosenholf
Steirische Volkswirtschaftliche Gesellschaft
Univerrsità degli Studi di Firenze
EARLALL

Summary

Austria, Germany, Italy, Norway and Sweden have given home to a large number of refugees and asylum seekers during the last months. The countries with high immigration figures, their regions and municipalities are right now at a crucial stage: They have to find ways to quickly integrate immigrants and refugees into society and the world of work in order to allow people a structured and financially independent life and to ensure that societies can cope with the large number of new citizens.

The talents project will transfer and further develop a new and and very successful language and vocational training and integration concept for immigrants. The Göteborg HOTEL TALENTS concept will be amended so that it can be transferred to other sectors (e.g. health, logistics, retail trade) and other countries and regions with different legal, financing, integration and training systems.

Specific Objectives of the project are to analyse, build up, test and further develop European role models, guidelines and tools for guidance, training and company cooperations to support the access of adult immigrants and refugees to the labour market by:

a) analysing existing regional guidance settings and training curricula (including intensive language trainings combined with professional language, professional skills and company cooperations). The heart and driving force of the project is the “Hotel Talents” project of the City of Göteborg.

b) testing these training concepts in different regions and countries and in different economic sectors, mainly sectors with a lack of qualified workers, e.g. hotelery and gastronomy, health sector etc.

c) scientifically following up the project and do research e.g. on how such guidance, training concepts can be adapted to needs of different groups of immigrants (high-qualified, low-qualified, persons with traumas etc.), to legal backgrounds and to financing systems

d) amending the pilot concepts and defining flexible role models for different target groups, sectors, legal backgrounds and financing systems

e) developing European guidelines and tools which allow to introduce flexible guidance and training curricula in different EU countries

f) developing modules that can be used independently from full integration concepts (tools for validation and guidance, curricula for language training, professional skills training etc.)

g) developing teacher trainings to support the transfer of concepts

During the project lifetime of three years the project reaches up to 9000 participants, among them staff of all project partners, counsellors and teachers participating in trainings, staff in companies and partner institutions involved, persons receiving guidance in connection to training activities, participants in six pilot training courses, users of the European toolbox and modules of the training concept, persons who will participate in TALENTS courses in- and outside the project within five years from the project start, persons who have a profit from improved guidance and training in partner organisations and other institutions and persons reached through other dissemination activities like press articles.

Intellectual Outpus of the project will be:

O1 European guidelines and toolbox for projects and training concepts to support the (fast) access of adult immigrants and refugees to the labour market

O2 “Talents” App for the matching and the competence management between immigrant-companytraining provider

O3 Scientific analysis and study on the adaption and pilot implementation of the TALENTS concept including policy recommendations

O4 Curricula for trainings for educational staff (project managers, guidance counsellors and teachers) on the basis of the “Talents” concept

The TALENTS project will contribute to the successful integration of immigrants on the local and regional level and support national as well as EU initiatives to tackle the refugees crisis.

Meetings, seminars and conferences

  • 12 October, TALENTS Conference in Brussels
  • 9-13 November 2016: Kick-off meeting in Gothenburg
  • 8-10 March 2017: 2nd partners' meeting in Stuttgart
    • 20-22 March 2017: 3rd partners' meeting in Oslo

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