LIGHTHOUSE

Supporting lifelong learning and career paths for migrants by tailored counselling and recognition of prior learning to improve skills, employability and mobility

Rationale and Motivation

Labour and skill shortages will rise in the European countries over the next decade, challenging economic growth prospects. Against this background, the improvement of the labour market outcomes of immigrants in their European receiving countries is a central issue to be addressed, in order to ensure that the potential of their skills for Europe’s economic growth is fully tapped. In this frame, the provision of coordinated lifelong learning and employability guidance is of growing importance in all Member States. Many European countries have set up public access points, which integrate different learning services including the provision of tailored learning programmes to individual learners, mechanisms for the validation of prior learning and provision of career guidance. However, a tailored and interactive solution for counselling and career guidance targeted to migrants, which also contributes to the valorisation of their skills and competencies, thus facilitating their integration in the European labour market, is still not a reality in Member States.

 

Aims and Target Groups

LIGHTHOUSE intends to establish an innovative model and relevant tools for supporting lifelong learning and career paths for migrants by tailored counselling and recognition of prior learning to improve skills, employability and mobility, drawn from the combination of two successful frameworks: the Austrian model LOT-House (learning, orienting, trying-doing), developed by BEST; and the well-established French system for the recognition of non-formal and informal learning.

 

Partners and Outcomes

A consortium of seven partners from Spain, Norway, Greece, France, Cyprus and Austria, with relevant know-how and expertise, will be responsible for the development of the State of the art report on career guidance and counselling services for migrants: context analysis, needs and recommendations, as well as the following project intellectual outputs:

  • LIGHTHOUSE Model, an interactive open space for supporting lifelong learning and career paths for migrants
  • LIGHTHOUSE Training Curriculum, an ECVET-based tool designed for professional development on counselling and career guidance for migrants
  • LIGHTHOUSE Guidebook, with innovative strategies and techniques
  • LIGHTHOUSE Toolbox with innovative methods and implementation models
EU-Program: Erasmus+, KA2, Strategic Partnerships for adult education
Coordination: Solidaridad Sin Fronteras (Spain)
Contact: Karin Kronika
Duration: September 2014 – August 2017
Website: www.lighthouse-project.eu

This project (projectn° 2014-1-ES01-KA204-004980) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.