Title SAMIN - Innovative approaches to migrants employability
Project Number 2013-1-FR1-LEO05-48190
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
SAMIN’s goal is to empower VET providers and relevant stakeholders working on migrants’ vocational education and training. The question the project aims to answer is “how to meet migrants' needs in vocational education and training”.
The project, developed pedagogical stances and tools to empower social workers, educators, teachers and youth workers, a website containing pedagogical material and as well several tools to be used for trainings.
The project is rooted on the assumption that socioeconomically disadvantaged migrants experience obstacles in access to vocational education and training.
One of the main necessities that this project addresses is how to direct organisations’ efforts towards understanding and taking into account migrant needs in their VET related projects and activities. The same necessity applies to policy making and the job market.
FIBA, which is a project that took place in Germany, empowered professionals working with young people having Turkish origins.
This project was enlarged to other 5 countries and professionals working with migrants or individuals having a migration background. It was adapted to the needs of the new geographical contexts as well to the ones of new target groups through the Methodology Handbook, the Capacity Building Booklet and the Learning Website. This pedagogical material included recommendations and strategies that allowed to work not only on the necessary skills for a migrant to obtain a job, but as well on soft-skills which can reduce the lack of social relations of migrants who are at risk of exclusion. These recommendations intend to strengthen the direct target group’ skills. These aims had several effects on the education services provided and they supported the creation of new training offers or of reinforced existing ones.
The SAMIN partnership intended to structure the transfer of the FIBA project from the local level (the innovation of departure took place in 7 German cities) to the European one and then again to the local one. FIBA's innovative feature lies in its multi-actor and individual-cantered approach. In brief, its stance is that in order to better meet migrants’ needs, it is necessary to work with different sectors and stakeholders while considering the migrant needs, migratory path and integration perspectives. Although it was intended for those working with young Turkish migrants, SAMIN is intended for those working with vulnerable migrants. The project was enlarged therefore to Austria, France, Italy, The Netherlands and The United Kingdom besides Germany. The project, besides Turkish migrants, also covers other countries of origin.
On the basis of these practices, project partners led a research based on existing projects at national level in order to assess how organisations work with migrants’ vocational education, how they get in touch with migrants, whether migrants' needs are taken into account, how organisations link training programs with the labour market. This research, called Gap Analysis, is a work done by all the partners of the consortium and led by the German partner. It shows that in order to take into account migrants' needs organisations can have a holistic approach, by providing also housing and other services or they can provide only vocational and career related services.
The Methodology handbook presents several stances for the integration of migrants in the services provided. These stances relate to how engage the target groups, how to work on a multi-stakeholder strategy, hot to start from migrants’ needs in service delivery. One hundred and eighty professionals have attended training workshops between the months of February and November 2015 and have been involved in the structuring of several pedagogical tools which can be used for trainings.
Strengthening organisations networks, development of partnerships and multi-stakeholder approach of utmost importance to empower organisations. The British partner elaborated a set of questions to foster discussion about partnerships during the previously mentioned roundtables. This capacity building support can create the space for discussion between different stakeholders.
Utilization and distribution of results
Administrative and Support Service Activities
program or curricula
material for open learning
• Quality Report, EN, Publication for partners and for project managers and project officers. Available on a downloadable version on www.saminvet.eu
• Gap Analysis Brochure, EN, for policy makers, relevant stakeholders and VET providers.
Usable in modules for training or downloadable on www.saminvet.eu
• Methodological Handbook, EN, FR, IT, DE, NL intended for VET providers. Available on www.saminvet.eu in the 4 languages in a pdf dowloadable format.
• Learning Website, EN (interface in DE, FR, NL, IT) organisations, VET providers, researchers, educators, trainers, teachers, other users. It contains modules for training
• Dissemination Handbook, EN. For project managers and project officers. Downloadable on www.saminvet.eu
• Dissemination video. EN, FR, DE, IT
available on www.saminvet.eu