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Improving Diversity Training for SMEs

The contribution which legally admitted immigrants could make to the Lisbon objectives has been highlighted in the Commission’s November 2000 Communication*. That aspect of their integration is even more important and topical today as the economic and social aspects of demographic ageing become more significant. Access to the EU employment market for immigrants and refugees represents an essential component of the integration process, and at the same time,contributes to the success of the Lisbon strategy more generally. Our research indicates that Employers are saying "We'd work with immigrant groups if we knew whom to call. We would like to establish an ongoing relationship that we can feed and foster." In other words, they are happy to employ immigrants, but don't know how to find a good supply...or how to train them /integrate them. In recognition of this, the IDTS partnership has set itself a clear and simple aim: to identify, document and disseminate best practice on diversity training in the workplace. Specifically our partnership will seek to uncover and examine diversity training aimed at SMEs, to help employers tackle issues that will make them better placed to hire and train immigrants as useful part of their workforce.As well as leading to a documentary analysis of lessons learned and strong dissemination, the project will build transnational relationships with a view to future collaborative projects, such as Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation or SME mobility projects.*Communication on a Community immigration policy (COM(2000)757) of 22 November 2000
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