Title Foundations for Work
Project Number UK/12/LLP-LdV/TOI-533
Product Training Needs Analysis
Title Training Needs Analysis
Product Type procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
Marketing Text A Training Needs Analysis to deepen existing knowledge of the training needs of young, migrant workers with low educational attainment and of the perceived and real barriers to them gaining fulfilling employment in their host countries.
Description Incorporated country reports and baseline audits have been combined into a training needs analysis and good practice report which compiles information on successful or commendable initiatives, proposes principal themes and module titles for new learning materials in course, identifies and disseminates good practice within VET and voluntary sector on responsive strategies for promotion of basic competences in target group.
Target group Active adult education teacher, adult education provider, adult education providers associations, adult education teacher, adult learners, adult learners associations, apprentices, centre for vocational guidance and counselling, body providing guidance and information on life long learning, employers, enterprise large (>500 employees), non profit non governmental organisation, local communication associations, unemployed, VET providers associations, vocational or technical secondary school, vocational training centre or organisation, vocational training institute tertiary level, associations working in the field of life long learning, teachers, trainers and other staff involved in any aspect of life long learning, counselling, foundation, other type of not for profit body, other type of public organisation, other types of association, public authority (local), public authority (regional), public authority (national), social partners, chambers of commerce, people in the labour market, non profit organisations, voluntary bodies, non governmental organisations, public research centres, SME, university or higher education institution, publisher , other.
Below follows a summary of the key conclusions made from the interviews and questionnaires with the involved professionals and young immigrants.
Adequate language skills
It is very evident that language skills are still regarded as a fundamental factor when trying to integrate into a new society and culture. The awareness with the young immigrants is very high regarding language skills, not only language skills in general terms but also in terms of official language (legislation, civic rights, employment rules etc.) and occupational language (specific language and terms in the desired occupational choice).
Education and training is seen as major components regarding employability, many of the young immigrants feel there is a need to get proper employability skills either as a means to be able to initially enter the labour market or to strengthen their position in their present work. One of the most common barriers is the strong competition in the labour market.
Strong social network and community connections
Creating immigrant networks, organising meetings with immigrants who have already been successful in the destination country, creating web-based forums, etc., constitute opportunities to exchange information and experiences about searching for employment and the culture and habits of the destination country. Social networks constitute an important source of information about existing employment and niche jobs. Improving social connections can accelerate both the job search and adaptation to a new environment.
Built on the individual
The counselors interviewed agreed that advising should be focused on individual needs and should not be generic. It is essential to work individually with each immigrant, taking into consideration each person’s personal circumstances and situations.
Organisations and stakeholders who succeed are those who take a proactive approach with not just immigrants but also with the host communities.
Area of application Arising from the findings, it was agreed materials to include additional information on networks and community connections. Language skills were of key concern across all partner countries but it was agreed that the Foundations project did not have the scope or expertise to create specific materials for this area. Findings confirmed need for the Foundations course and the module areas.