Sustainability skills entrepreneurial mind set to foster migrant women employability and upskilling possibilities
Developing migrants’ skills and having their qualifications recognised is a complicated and costly process. It also requires the ability to navigate the system and understand the appropriate training required for various professions. In addition, the Covid crisis coupled with a fast changing labour market had a substantial impact on the EU workforce, with many workers losing their jobs or being placed under short-term work schemes. The new Europass platform, launched in July 2020 in the context of the Updated Skills Agenda, and the EU Skills profile tool for Third Country Nationals address this situation by giving the support to migrants to ‘showcase their skills and qualifications and facilitate their recognition through better information.’
Aim of the project
STEP UP project aims at offering migrant women the opportunity to gradually increase a wide range of skills (employability skills, transversal competences, communication skills, team working, confidence, ability for innovation, sustainability thinking), while raising their awareness on the importance of lifelong learning possibilities. Women participating in the STEP UP development program will receive tailored support based on their specific needs, ensuring continued support by the trained staff with the right set of competences.
STEP UP will propose a new way to build on migrant women’s motivation to participate in upskilling possibilities, using an entrepreneurial mindset and sustainability skills as an innovative way for skills identification and screening.
The partners decided to work together to equip their educators to take advantage of this new tool, and together create a new comprehensive learning program that addresses migrant women specifically, offering them the possibility to enhance key employability skills that are not usually taught to them, either in various courses or by using an overall personal-development approach.
The overall objective of the project is to develop and test an all-in-one learning program to help migrant women in strengthening their employability skills, fostering their awareness on the importance of upskilling possibilities, while getting a step closer to attaining those skills and qualifications that increase their chances of getting jobs or starts their own businesses.
Manual to increase the skills of educators
The handbook offers a new possibility for the professional development of educators by promoting their ability to address the learning needs of the target group, their upgrading of skills to be ready to compete in the 21st century job market. This product can be used by NGOs, schools, associations and even vocational training organizations to acquire the knowledge needed to use the STEP UP program or simply to promote the skills of immigrant women.
Available in Italian and English from September
Guide with the STEP UP program for migrant women
The guide attempts to provide a comprehensive guide to educators/facilitators working with migrant women, to prepare them for the labor market of the host country. The guide consists of six chapters, each containing a guide to conducting workshops to facilitate the labor market integration of migrant women.
The aim of the program is to offer migrant women the opportunity to gradually increase a wide range of skills (employability skills, soft skills, communication skills, teamwork, confidence, innovation skills, sustainable thinking), while increasing their awareness of the importance of lifelong learning opportunities.
The program consists of workshops using role-play and real-life scenarios to enable participants to practice their skills and support each other in the programme. Each workshop is supported by short lectures that present the key topics of the program to enhance classroom and individual learning.
Available in Italian and English from September
Migrant women are motivated to upskill and become valuable contributors to the workforce.
With their core needs addressed, migrant women will gain the confidence to build on their skills and have via tools that can help their personal and professional development.
There is no single method that works best for motivating and empowering migrant adult women in their personal and professional progression. This is our small contribution.
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- Duration 24 months, from 01/11/2021 to 31/10/2023
- ID 2021-1-SE01-KA220-ADU-000035340
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