KA2 “New Upskilling Pathways for Adult Migrants In Craftsmanship”

KA204 – Partnerships for adult education

PROJECT DATES: 01/09/2019 – 31/08/2021

The project is a strategic partnership aimed at promoting up-skilling and re-skilling of adult migrants (18 to 35 years) facing social exclusion with basic craftsmanship skills in EU countries through an innovative educational format integrating transversal and entrepreneurial skills and an e-commerce platform to sell their traditional hand-crafted ethnic products.  

More than 2 years ago, the applicant, Mine Vaganti NGO, has started an integration path involving migrants at a local level in Sardinia intended to increase the value of differences. It led to this project, in which the applicant wants to test this upskilling path at EU level. Mine Vaganti NGO observed that large portions of adult migrants come to the EU with a set of valuable but unused craftsmanship skills. Upskilling adult migrants transversal and entrepreneurial skills will remove barriers to entry in the EU labour market. 

Upskilling adult migrants transversal and entrepreneurial skills will remove barriers to entry in the EU labour market. 

An analysis for the EU-28 population aged 25-54 shows that in 2017 just over one third (35.4 %) of non-EU-born migrants had successfully completed at most a lower secondary level of education. These results show a clear need for education, lifelong learning and upskilling for adult migrants (Eurostat, 2018).  As explained by Eurostat (2015), the working age of the migrant population (15 to 64 years) is 78% of the total and migrants in the EU are mostly in the 18 to 35 age range. Therefore, it could be an impacting workforce with a high employability potential. Obsolete working skills are one of the most important causes of social exclusion. NGOs already working with migrants will be at the core of the partnership and will engage the target group in project activities. 


  1. Promote the re-skilling or up-skilling of migrantsbasic, transversal and entrepreneurialcompetencies through a new upskilling path to give them the capacity to valorise their handicraft skills; 
  2. Valorise skills and competencies of crafts migrants in the e-commerce field; 
  3. Build capacity of self-entrepreneurship for a sustainable and independent life;
  4. Promote social inclusion of migrants in EU countries by empowering them to enter the job marketthrough newly acquired competencies. 

Target group: 

The general audience of migrants with obsolete skills and the social workers in the field of migrants integration, mostly at the local level of participating organizations, and the staff working in the field of migrants inclusion. 


Transnational Project Meetings: 3 transnational project meetings are planned during the entire duration of the strategic partnership. 

Intellectual Outputs:

1. A tested and validated educational format to teach basic, transversal and entrepreneurial skills specifically applied to the field of craftsmanship; 

2. An e-commerce platform specifically dedicated to the selling of ethnical handicraft products to be used by crafts migrants that should be fully operative by the end of the project. Generated income will grant the sustainability of this project output; 

3. A comprehensive digital toolkit to support the e-commerce platform; Multiplier Events  5 National Events and a final international conference  

The multiplier events will aim to raise awareness at the local level about the potentiality of adult migrants craftspersons skills and how they can be used to re-integrate them in the labour market. 

The Ethnicraft final international conference will be aimed at stakeholders in the field of adult education coming from different sectors, such as training institutions, labour market stakeholders, organisations for active citizenship, policy-makers, public bodies, trade unions and other educational institutions. 

Learning, Teaching, Training Activities 

Blended mobility for adult learners directed at migrants craftspersons. It will be a training course during which the training format will be tested and validated. Basic skills, such as language, transversal skills and entrepreneurial skills will be taught to adult migrants by an NFE methodology. Trainees will get acquainted with practical learning instruments such as the management of real case scenarios and the drafting of a business plan. 

The project aims to create an e-commerce platform to sell their traditional hand-crafted ethnic products.

Expected results 

The project envisages to produce the following main results: 

  • A tested and validated educational format to teach basic, transversal and entrepreneurial skillsspecifically applied to the field of craftsmanship; 
  • An e-commerce platform specifically dedicated to the selling of ethnic handicraft products to beused by crafts migrants that should be fully operative by the end of the project. Generated income will grant the sustainability of this project output. 
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KA2 Youth “Work Based Learning – the entrance to the professional future”

Erasmus+ Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnership in the youth sector

Work Based learning – the entrance to the professional future


PROJECT DATES: 01/03/2019 – 01/08/2020

Organizations actively involved in the youth sector have specified various problems related to the stagnating youth unemployment tendency in Europe. Observing the official data and statistics since years and analyzing them, the project idea has been born and developed since a lack of professional/vocational competences in accordance with the needs of the labor market has been detected.

Moreover, problems connected with skills mismatch, as well as a lack of entrepreneurial spirit and life skills education are some of the issues identified and often faced by youth while trying to gain positions in the job market. Therefore, the necessity to react and provide solutions regarding those issues seems urgent because the transition from education to work becomes more and more difficult for the young people nowadays. As a committed organization within the field of international learning mobility, Horizon ProConsult Ltd has decided to undertake action in order to bring its contribution to the current situation.

Work Based Learning aims at creating youth-centered empowering environment for enabling young people to undergo WBL mobility

The partnership aims at offering and exchanging expertise in terms of creation of empowering environment for work based learning mobility, and thus will seek to provoke a long term impact for securing a positive future for the young people living in the EU community. The current project aims at creating youth-centered empowering environment for enabling young people to undergo WBL mobility and promotes holistic approach for fostering youth employability by bridging non-formal, formal education and labor market sectors, contributing to the creation of long term multi-level cross-sectorial networking and cooperation.

The following project objectives have been specified in view of bringing positive solutions to the described situation:

  • To build up competences of youth workers to become leaders of WBL empowering environment and to create strategies that promote WBL mobility as a complementary educational path in order to boost employability of young people
  • To foster cooperation exchange of knowledge and capacity development in the field of work based mobility between the partner countries
  • To create and reinforce synergies between formal and non formal educational sectors as well as labour market so as to set up a favouring environment for cross-sectorial cooperation in view of enhancing youth employability
  • To provide youth organizations with guidance and tools for bridging sectors in view of creation of empowering setting for work based learning
  • To create conditions and support the development of cross-sectorial networking on EU level thus set up a space for creation of new work based learning mobility opportunities and their accessibility for young people
  • To encourage the development of a multilevel cross-sectorial system that concretely fosters learning through other than formal educational means and especially through direct involvement in working practical assignments and activities

Activities foreseen:

– Kick-off Meeting – April 2018, Venue: Sofia, Bulgaria;

– Training seminar regarding building up competences and expertise of youth workers in terms of creation of empowering environment for WBL mobility opportunities – June 2019, Venue: Zaragoza, Spain;

– Local work phase – specific meetings with youth with fewer opportunities and NEETs and with Stakeholders;

– Mid-Term Evaluation Meeting – November 2019, Venue: Larissa, Greece

– Empowering seminar on how to support best implementation of WBL schemes, best practice sharing and drafting recommendations – Feb 2020, Venue: Sofia, Bulgaria;

– Final Evaluation Meeting – July 2020, Venue: Sassari, Italy.

You can find more information in this PDF about Work Based Learning

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NHEI Consortium Staff and Teachers Mobility

MVNGO has been managing the National Higher Education Consortium since 2015, in cooperation with 8 Italian Universities (University of Sassari, University of Cagliari, University “Kore” of Enna, University of Messina, University Tor Vergata of Rome, Academy of Fine Arts “Mario Sironi” of Sassari, Academy of Fine Arts of Macerata, University of Foggia).

In addition and complementary to the student mobility dimension, the NHEI Consortium offers mobility grants for training (Staff Mobility for Training) to technical-administrative staff and mobility grants for teaching purposes (Staff Mobility for Teaching) to teachers and researchers of the Higher Education Institutions participating in the Erasmus + Program.

Mobility for training purposes is intended to support the professional development of staff through training events abroad (excluding participation in conferences) and Job Shadowing periods / observation / training periods at a partner University or a foreign company. The mobility for teaching purposes allows to carry out a teaching period abroad in the framework of a mobility program agreed with a University holding the ERASMUS University Card (ECHE), with which a specific inter-institutional agreement has been stipulated. The staff of the partner Universities of the Consortium is entitled to apply.

In the academic year 2017/2018, the NHEI Consortium will offer 10 mobility grants for staff and 3 for teachers.

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The main objective of the WEEELABS project is the creation of a strategic partnership between organizations with experience in the social field, for working and learning together exploring new opportunities for employability of youth in a situation or at serious risk of exclusion, through:

● the development of a non-formal education methodology adapted from technological innovation contexts (FabLab – Fabrication Laboratories) and based on the principle of “learning by doing” to provide these youngsters with socio-occupational / pre-employment skills.

● the analysis of the reuse of electrical waste and electronic equipment as a niche for generating social enterprises or social intra-entrepreneurial initiatives in organizations committed to finding solutions to difficulties of youth at risk of social exclusion.

Therefore the targeted group is formed by the following profile: young people with diverse circumstances that share specific elements of their territory and local context, such as expectations and difficulties in integrating into the social and productive system, but with common educational and integration needs. To facilitate their social integration and incorporation in the labour market, the project partners have identified the recovery and recycling of electrical waste and electronic equipment (WEEEs) as an opportunity for the labour incorporation and social integration of these young people, in line with the European Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

This is an opportunity of employability that could be realized with the creation of new social enterprises or / and intra-entrepreneurial projects in organizations. In this sense, WEEELABS will explore a new way of non-formal education processes, tailored and specifically oriented at our targeted group of young people in situation or at serious risk of exclusion, both to serve as specific training in handling, recycling and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment -not yet reflected in formal education system- and the development of core basic skills (spoken language, reading comprehension and calculation) and transversal skills (problem solving, teamwork, organization of work, creative thinking and follow-up instructions …).

That new way is the validation of the WeeeLabs as an adapted FabLab model.

These Fabrication Laboratories were promoted by the Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT) as workshops / learning communities in digital design and manufacturing scale for personal or local use (usually with 3D printing technologies, precision laser cutters and moulding and milling tools).


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European Council’s Child Consultations on Children’s Rights in the Digital Environment

MVNGO took part in the consultation launched by the Council of Europe in the frame of the priority area “New Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) affect children’s employment of a significant number of fundamental rights guaranteed by the UNCRC, the European Convention on Human Rights and the European  Social Charter. According to the recommendations issued by the UN Committee on Rights of the Child, all children should be able to safely access ICTs and digital media, and be empowered to fully participate, express themselves, seek information and enjoy al the rights enshrined in the UNCRC and its Optional Protocols wothout discrimination of any kind”. The aforementioned priority is part of the Council’s Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021).

The consultation foresaw a set of consultations with the children and stakeholders at the national level in 8 countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, italy, Romania and Urkraine) .

The consultations took place in the month of April 2017 with the objective of elaborating policy guidelines for EC member States with the purposes of promoting, potecting and fulfilling childrens’ rights in the digital environment. The recommendations elaborated by the youngsters were forwarded to the Committee of Ministers for examination and filetering into a specific thematic resolution with direct impact on young people’s lives.

In this frame, MVNGO carried out the consultations in Italy in a set of activities with the young students of ITC Satta in Nuoro and Istituto Paritario Pitagora in Sassari. The cycle of sessions resulted in the elaboration of two specific documents conteining youngsters’ recommendations to the Council of Europe.

The work of MVNGO at the Italian level received mention within the final Report with the results of the consultation phase elaborated at the level of the Council of Europe.


The recommendations of youth participants to the Council of Europe are integrated in the below documents 

Istituto Paritario Pitagora- Recommendations

Message to Strasbourg- ICT Satta


The report with the results of the general consultations can be accessed at the below link

Report Child Consultations





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MVNGO Centro Giovani Santa Caterina

MVNGO Centro Giovani Santa Caterina

Mine Vaganti NGO managed a Youth Center in Sassari for 2 years, 2015-2017.

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Erasmus+ Key 2

 Mine Vaganti NGO is constantly working on approved K2 Strategic Partnership in the field of Youth, Adults VET and Sport


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Erasmus+ KA3

Erasmus+ KA 3

MINE VAGANTI NGO is working on a project proposal concerning a Structured Dialogue initiative among Young People and Decision Makers to be applied in the frame of Erasmus Plus KA3 “Policy reform, meetings between Young people and decision-makers” for the deadline of 01-10-2018.

The Structured Dialogue proposal aims at involving local administrations and technicians from the Municipalities of Cento, L’Aquila and Olbia, representatives of the Local and National Civil Defence as well as Young people (at least 60 directly, with 200 expected to be indirectly involved in 3 Municipalities) coming from the partner Municipalities and actively involved at the local level in promoting the social and economic development of their territory. The focus of the 3 expected national meetings will be placed on Youth participation, involving youngsters not just as promoters of local cultural initiatives, but as an actual component in challenging situations as post-disaster emergencies.


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K2 Youth REC Think

REC Think

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The project coordinator is Asociación ONG de cooperación para o Desevolvemento Galega de Reporteiros Solidarios (Spain), partner of this project is: Contextos Información Estrategia y comunicación SL (Spain), Solidarites Jeunesses MCP (France), Youth Union of People with Initiative Associacao para o Desenvolvimento Social e Comunitario (Portugal) and Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy).

REC–THINK aims to develop a program to involve rural young people in the process of rethinking themselves and their role in the future of their localities.

To achieve this goal it will be used the participatory video as a tool for expression and generation of ideas, in such a way “press REC” would be the first step to build sustainable alternatives for young people in their home regions.

Therefore this project aims for young people to give voice to their region, breaking the geographical isolation and building a collaborative network to strengthen social relationship.

The project aims to train young people to be active agents in political and economic transformation processes, through the development of digital and communicative skills and support the building of participatory and collaborative citizenship. Particulary emphasis in re-thinking sustainable alternatives for the future of their locality.

Therefore, this project pursues the following specific objectives:

-Develop methodologies and training to promote the empowerment, participation and full development of young people in rural areas in Europe through the participatory video.

-Create a virtual community with tools for exchange of experience, strategies and the creation of a sustainable alternative for rural areas in Europe, with young people and members of organizations active in these areas.

-Preparing young people aware of being active agents in local political processes and economic transformation through the development of digital and communication skills

-Train stakeholders of the participating organizations in the tools and methodologies developed during the project.




RecThink, K2 Strategic Partnership. Kick-off meeting in Spain, Vigo.



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