Title Give Competence a Chance. Transparency and Self-employment for migrant workers through Assessment Center
Project Number 2009-1-IT1-LEO05-00195
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Give Competence a Chance addressed the issue of socio-economic integration of migrant groups, and improvement of women conditions in the LM. GC-AC adapted and experimented the method already tested with migrant women combining counseling, active competence analysis and development, practical support to the insertion in the labour market. The innovation element consists in the integration of a dynamic competencies analysis within a counselling process, conduced both in presence and in distance.
The issue of socio-economic integration of migrant groups, and improvement of women conditions in the Labour Market is a key challenges both at national and at EU level: these groups, even in a variety of forms, face problems as discrimination, lack of recognition of competences or even qualification, when presenting themselves in an foreign working context. Language problems, lack of knowledge of local needs, culture of work and social marginalisation are often additional obstacles to a satisfactory and successful integration process.
GC AC pursues the following objectives:
- Improve the quality of VET systems and employment services, by transferring an added value set of tools already experimented in similar contexts;
- Support the development of local education, training and labour market active policies, by adopting an adapted and experiment set of tools, practices and instruments in the context of competence assessment and transparency, migration, weak target groups' empowerment;
- Experiment and transfer a successful and integrated model, successfully experimented in Germany with migrant women, resulted able to support them within the insertion in the Labour market;
- Improve the employability, or the labour condition, of final beneficiaries in the relevant territories-countries, through integrating the AC instruments and tools in the organisations concerned;
- Have a detailed picture of Labour market needs, similarities and differences, and synergies in the concerned contexts, in order to plan tailored services and policies.
The transfer is made of three components: (1) train of trainers seminars, (2) Assessment Center tools and methods; (3) E-platform for competence documentation and self assessment process, that will be experimented and tested within three different contexts (Center and Southern Italy, Poland) and transferred in four contexts (Center and Southern Italy, Poland, Romania), supporting the creation of stable Networks of professionals and stakeholders which represent a key factor for sustainability and impact strategies. Consortium is involving key public authorities in transfer contexts, experienced VET organisations, social partners. This composition will ease the transfer process and the expected impact on local, national and EU level, allowing a large scale involvement of relevant stakeholders, durable effects on labour markets and beneficiaries and the concrete possibility of stable adoption.
The implementation of the project proceeded through the development of the WP's, meaning the various thematic and transversal aspects were clearly linked so as to generate synergies and ensure a maximum impact:
1. Labour market analysis. The methodological approach of the needs assessment analysis were those of the social empirical research – case studies, interviews, etc. and based upon qualitative and quantitative official data available. The results observed served as a basis for the implementation of WP2.
2. Adaptation of method. The first part of work was constituted by the adaptation of Assessment Center exercises and tools, and train of trainers toolkit, the second part was the review of e-learning platform for documentation of competences and self assessment.
3. Transfer of methods and experimentation. This was the heart of the project, made of 3 main components: a) train of trainers seminars to improve targets' competences and use the toolkits with beneficiaries, b) toolkit of tools of AC (description of competences, instructions, etc), c) E-platform for competence documentation and self assessment process, for final users having attended AC sessions. The final activity in each component was the review of tools after the test with target groups and beneficiaries. These components were divided into the WP 3 and WP 4, in order to manage the transfer in a rational way, being able to operate a more effective management, counselling, monitoring and evaluation.
4. Dissemination strategy used a variety of tools, along the whole lifetime of the project, to ensure targeted communication (institutional – public bodies, professional – VET and counseling actors and Centers, end-users oriented) and the multipliers effect pursued by GC-AC. The combination of IT resources (website, newsletters, CD-Rom, etc.), printed tools (leaflets, booklets, etc.), and in presence activities (press conferences and releases, seminars) ensured a wide possibility to reach the different target groups, easy the transferability and sustainability process.;Location: all project locations.
5. Monitoring and evaluation activities allowed for permanent review and quality control, and were oriented towards the “logical framework method”.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Other Service Activities
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
open and distance learning
material for open learning
Product information During the project implementation, partners produced the following products: National Reports Market Needs Assessment, Integrated labour market needs Assessment,three brochures concerning the Assessmentcenter methodology and testing; project web-site; GCAC on-line platform, Final publication, Cd-rom, two networks in Assessementcenter, outputs of the Project Management and Evaluation Reports.