Title Foundations for Work
Project Number UK/12/LLP-LdV/TOI-533
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text The aim of Foundations for Work was to increase the basic competences of young immigrants so they may improve their job prospects and benefit from mainstream training in their host country.
Young migrant workers with low qualifications and workplace skills have been hit especially hard by the economic crisis. Among immigrants, they are most likely to experience difficulties acquiring and retaining employment. A range of VET initiatives now exists for immigrants, yet their generic nature and focus on ICT means they are particularly unsuited to the young male workers who are most at need, thereby causing further exclusion.
The aim of Foundations for Work was to increase the basic competences of young immigrants so they could improve their job prospects and benefit from mainstream training in their host country.
FfW’s strength was in its “back-to-basics” approach and the way in which the innovation of the existing resources were combined with a rigorous methodology and the experience of 6 project partners, including 4 social organizations and 2 dedicated VET organizations, from 6 countries most affected by migration. All of the partners had collaborated previously on immigrant training initiatives and had specific VET expertise.
As a result of the project, voluntary immigrant service and VET organizations now have a methodology and resource pack for use with young underachieving migrants. High uptake was ensured by a charismatic marketing and exploitation campaign began in year 1. In the longer term, through increased skills, adaptability and insertion into higher quality jobs, immigrants now have more opportunities to fulfill their potential in the labour market and benefit from mainstream training, as well as greater personal growth and social integration. Secondly, through links to policy makers and practitioners in VET and voluntary organizations throughout the project, these sectors are now more attuned to the changing needs of this group and better motivated and equipped to provide ongoing services at the appropriate level.
Description Our objectives included producing and disseminating a needs analysis and best practice training report for this group; generating a multimedia DVD and resource pack for VET teachers for classroom or one-to-one use and thoroughly testing it with both immigrants and trainers, both of which can be found in the product section here or through the website; widely disseminating the results with VET and immigrant service stakeholders through high-profile events and focused communications, and identifying viable exploitation strategies, including mapping the route to accreditation, to ensure high take up in the short and long term.
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Information and Communication
Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies
material for open learning
open and distance learning
program or curricula
Product information FfW transferred the innovation enshrined in the existing FfW course developed by Diversity Works for use with disadvantaged youths to a new target group (young migrant workers) and with a new delivery method (multimedia DVD.) Since training focused on building learners’ confidence and developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes that employers seek and which are needed to integrate and succeed in the world of work, it contributed directly to Priority 3, the acquisition of key competences and the personal development of young immigrants.