KA204 – Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education
PROJECT DATES: 01-10-2019 30-09-2021
In many European countries, refugees who are able to secure employment are overrepresented in sectors with a large incidence of unskilled low-paid employment, such as agriculture, construction, cleaning services, hotels and restaurants, and retail trade (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR], 2013). Skills mismatch has a negative influence at both the aggregate level and individual level (OECD, 2016b) and prolonged unemployment can negatively affect the community through lower labour productivity growth, lost in production associated to vacancies remaining unfilled and the implicit and explicit costs of higher unemployment rates.
The partnership will promote people’s RIGHT TO ACCESS SERVICES they need to re-engage in training, thus preventing social exclusion. In this respect, the project makes a direct contribution to the 1st pillar of the “European Pillar of Social Rights in 20 principles”. Education, training and lifelong learning offering a way to engage and motivate adult learners to increase their basic and transversal skills in order to enable them to participate fully in society and manage successfully transitions in the labour market.
The partnership will promote people’s right to access services they need to re-engage in training, thus preventing social exclusion
The purpose of the MOTIVATE partnership is offer migrants, refugees and asylum seekers a more efficient way to increase and develop a “cocktail” of skills (language, digital, employability) and fostering their ability to compete on the labour market of their host community, using non-formal learning methods and a strong mentoring support.
This necessitates language teachers and social workers, instructors and employment advisers who provide counselling on the spot, to be skilled enough to add element of counselling, mentoring, referral to specialised support services – via services offered directly (as the municipality) or by orienting them to the appropriate service providers.
New and effective language training combined with vocational needs should be provided to enable migrants to absorb not only the actual language but also the communication skills and technical terms they require for their specific jobs. In particular, the labour market demands special social skills such as being loyal to colleagues and one’s employer; being able to cope with changes; being able to be critical in a positive way; to follow instructions; to work independently and to overview and organise work. Most of them are not aware they need to improve those skills to be competitive on the labour market. Thus, it is important to highlight skills and create a positive image of upskilling possibilities and further training, by matching newly arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers with migrants who have “worked their way up” in the system. These are people to look up to, but also people with the same background and who can inspire trust in others.
The partners need a transnational cooperation in order to
*Offer an innovative and efficient development model,
*Work cooperatively to overcoming prejudice and foster the acceptance of migrants at a European level
*Promote the exchange of expertise among organizations active in different fields (employment, training, association, migrants, non-formal education) but all working toward social inclusion and employability for all citizens, old and new.
The MOTIVATE project contributes directly to the ET 2020 policy objective of “Promoting equity, social cohesion, and active citizenship – migrants, refugees and asylum seekers taking part in the project’s activities will use different techniques and offer a comprehensive approach to help migrants to set achievable goals for developing their language and employability skills for better social cohesion and inclusion within their new host community.