Title IN-WORKER: TRAINING HR AND TRAINING MANAGERS TO DETECT AND COVER TRAINING NEEDS IN INTERCULTURAL WORKING ENVIRONMENTS
Project Number PL/07/LLP-LdV/TOI/140003
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Many companies are facing a loss of expertise due to the pace at which experienced technical and industrial professionals are retiring and there is an urgent need for qualified new employees to take their place.
The immigration of labour could be the solution to this problem, providing immigrant workers can be quickly and effectively trained to meet the companies’ needs.
The In-Worker project seeks to do just that. It will plan, test, and implement a handbook as well as a training program for Human Resources Managers and employers within SMEs and have multinational employees. Specifically, it will equip them with the practical tools and methods for interacting with immigrants and compiling an effective syllabus with which to teach and work with them.
The In-Worker project is a co-operative venture including HR-managers of SMEs, Immigration Counsellors, as well as companies and professional organisations. The finished products will be ready to roll out in English, Polish, Spanish, German and Czech at the end of 2009.
The main objective of the IN-WORKER project is to create an innovative training tool that will focus on two main aspects:
- Adaptation of the methodology for the detection and prevention of training needs developed in the framework of the previous FORMET project. The adaptation will include upgrade to an e-learning environment and to intercultural working environments.
- Improvement of the contents of the tool.
One of the aspects affecting more and more of European Society is the progressive increase of immigration flows. Allocating immigrant workers out of the formal work system and undermining their skills and knowledge is leading to marginalisation of foreign communities, loss of their motivation and of the advantages these could bring to entities, to the economy and to the society at large.
When incorrectly managed, the incorporation of immigrant workers to a job can put them in a position of vulnerability, because of: the impossibility of adapting themselves to the new working environment; the poor continuous training they receive during their working life in order to adapt themselves to the changes happening in the workplace, the non-forecast of the appropriate training needs for these workers, the arising of misunderstandings and conflicts between national and foreign workers that creates problematic environments.
Within this context, HR and Training Managers play a key role in companies, as they can act as precursors of the integration and adaptation of immigrant workers. We understand that lifelong learning is a core area that will help empower HR and training managers, providing them with the resources and materials for the detection of training needs and the integration of immigrant workers. So considering the implication of the inclusion of immigrant workers into the European SMEs´ staff, and the main role of vocational training as an instrument for solving existing lacks, the main objective of this proposal is to create an innovative training tool that will focus on adaptation of the methodology for the detection and prevention of training needs developed in the framework of the previous FORMET project, to e-learning and to intercultural working environments, making the access of a great range of HR and Training Managers to the contents, creating more effective channels of communication and exchange of experiences and practices, with updating the practical contents of the tool and an improvement of the training contents, with the inclusion of sections specially aimed at improving the sensitizing and management activities.
The partnership is led by a Polish organisation, specialised in the field of ICTs and SMEs management, and a solid set of entities experienced in training, ICTs and disadvantages collectives in SMEs environment. As added value, the working teams have experience in EU projects realisation, guaranteeing the very best results of these sorts of projects. As a consequence of the project implementation and the valorisation activities, collective targeted daily activity will be favoured with innovative supporting tools, leading to improved immigrant worker’s efficiency, avoiding the loss of jobs by strengthening their employment conditions, increasing enterprises’ competitiveness and making possible the creation of new employment opportunities.
It is envisaged that the project outcomes will have immediate short-term impact on target groups, sectors, potential users and VET systems and practices in the form of improved knowledge in the area of training content whilst at the same time improved ICT skills and better qualified employees able to work in intercultural environment. Especially important will be the long-term impact which the results will have on target groups, sectors, potential users and VET systems and practices, which will result in diffusion of better VET practices able to answer real needs in the field of long life learning, in rising awareness of the existence of innovative solutions and competitiveness of the sectors taking advantage of the tools and eventually in better intercultural dialogue throughout Europe.
Open and distance learning
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
open and distance learning
Product information The main product of the project will be an IN-WORKER tool based on Spanish product developed within previous Leonardo Pilot Project.