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New talents for companies – Developing the potentials of immigrants and refugees
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Austria, Germany, Italy, Norway and Sweden have given home to a large number of refugees and asylum seekers during the last months. The countries with high immigration figures, their regions and municipalities are right now at a crucial stage: They have to find ways to quickly integrate immigrants and refugees into society and the world of work in order to allow people a structured and financially independent life and to ensure that societies can cope with the large number of new citizens. The talents project will transfer and further develop a new and and very successful language and vocational training and integration concept for immigrants of the City of Göteborg. ... % of the participating immigrants were employed after guidance and training. The Göteborg HOTEL TALENTS concept will be amended so that it can be transfered to other sectors (e.g. health, logistics, retail trade) and other countries and regions with different legal, financing, integration and training systems.Specific Objectives of the project are to analyse, build up, test and further develop European role models, guidelines and tools for guidance, training and company cooperations to support the (fast) access of adult immigrants and refugees to the labour market by …a) analysing existing regional guidance settings and training curricula (including intensive language trainings combined with professional language, professional skills and company cooperations). The heart and driving force of the project is the “Hotel Talents” project of the City of Göteborg.b) testing these training concepts in different regions and countries and in different economic sectors, mainly sectors with a lack of qualified workers, e.g. hotelery and gastronomy, health sector etc.c) scientifically following up the project and do research e.g. on how such guidance, training concepts can be adapted to needs of different groups of immigrants (high-qualified, low-qualified, persons with traumas etc.), to legal backgrounds and to financing systemsd) amending the pilot concepts and defining flexible role models for different target groups, sectors, legal backgrounds and financing systemse) developing European guidelines and tools which allow to introduce flexible guidance and training curricula in different EU countriesf) developing modules that can be used independently from full integration concepts (tools for validation and guidance, curricula for language training, professional skills training etc.)g) developing teacher trainings to support the transfer of conceptsDuring the project lifetime of three years the project reaches up to 9000 participants, among them staff of all project partners, counsellors and teachers participating in trainings, staff in companies and partner institutions involved, persons receiving guidance in connection to training activities, participants in six pilot training courses, users of the European toolbox and modules of the training concept, persons who will participate in TALENTS courses in- and outside the project within five years from the project start, persons who have a profit from improved guidance and training in partner organisations and other institutions and persons reached through other dissemination activities like press articles.Intellectual Outpus of the project will beO1 European guidelines and toolbox for projects and training concepts to support the (fast) access of adult immigrants and refugees to the labour market O2 “Talents” App for the matching and the competence management between immigrant-company-training provider O3 Scientific analysis and study on the adaption and pilot implementation of the TALENTS concept including policy recommendationsO4 Curricula for trainings for educational staff (project managers, guidance counsellors and teachers) on the basis of the “Talents” conceptThe project's methodology will be based on the Soft Open Method of Cooperation (SMOC) that has been developed by the project partners EARLALL and the University of Florence in a previous EU project. SMOC promotes policy learning and transfer processes of best practice among regional governments, stakeholders and practitioners and offers software support. The TALENTS project will contribute to the successful integration of immigrants on the local and regional level and support national as well as EU initiatives to tackle the refugees crisis.
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