"Improved Future - Vocational Guidance for an Improved Future for Immigrants"

With the enlargement of the European Union and the general global situation, people migrate to other countries for various reasons.

Being an immigrant in a new country brings on certain demands, such as learning the new language, culture and society in order to become fully integrated and independent. One of the most powerful ways to independence is employment, which is much harder to achieve for immigrants. It is proven that immigrants in Europe have a lower participation rate in the labour force in comparison with natives of the country they reside in.

The aim of the project is to assist/train persons involved in the guidance and counselling as well as the educational sector to increase their knowledge and understanding of the barriers that encumber immigrants, and to promote social dialogue in order to facilitate better support to immigrants.

These goals will be achieved by:

  • interchange and cooperation between education and training providers in a range of European countries, in order to produce high-quality and transferable materials and methods of vocational guidance
  • support of individuals, in order to gain and use knowledge and skills in the guidance field and consequently promote Life Long Learning
  • facilitation of an innovative training approach that includes European collaboration, in order to improve the situation of immigrants

In present time, there is a lack of appropriate trainings for Guidance and Counselling for immigrants. Such trainings have to provide:

  • information about the situation and specific needs of immigrants from a national and European perspective
  • multicultural guidance methodology
  • basic Guidance principles
  • gender issues and diversity management

The products of the project will be transferred into four European countries (among them Austria), each of them different in terms of economy, sociology, learning cultures etc.

Main results of the project are:

  • a report on current migration trends and the situation in the core partner countries
  • a handbook "European Solution to Facilitate Immigrants into the Labour Market"
  • an adaptation manual for core partner countries
  • a seminar entitled "Training Seminar for Personnel Involved in Guidance and Counselling for Immigrants"
  • national and regional valorisation seminars
  • a European Multiplier Seminar
EU-Program: Leonardo da Vinci
Coordination: Folkuniversitetet Kristianstad, SWE
Contact: Karin Kronika, Helmut Kronika
Duration: December 2008 - November 2010
EU - Partner für lebenslanges Lernen This project 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.