What’s it about?

Young migrant workers with low qualifications and workplace skills have been hit especially hard by the economic crisis.  Among immigrants, they are most likely to experience difficulties acquiring and retaining employment.  A range of VET initiatives now exists for immigrants, yet their generic nature and focus on ICT means they are unsuited to the young male workers who are most at need, thereby causing further exclusion.

The aim of Foundations for Work is to increase the basic competences of young immigrants so they may improve their job prospects and benefit from mainstream training in their host country.  To do so, our objectives include producing and disseminating a needs analysis and best practice training report for this group; generating a multimedia DVD and resource pack for VET teachers for classroom or one-to-one use and thoroughly testing it with both immigrants and trainers; widely disseminating the results with VET and immigrant service stakeholders through high-profile events and focused communications, and identifying viable exploitation strategies, including mapping the route to accreditation, to ensure high take up in the short and long term.

As a result of the project, voluntary immigrant service and VET organizations will have a methodology and resource pack for use with young underachieving migrants.  High uptake will be ensured by a charismatic marketing and exploitation campaign.  In the longer term, through increased skills, adaptability and insertion into higher quality jobs, immigrants will have more opportunities to fulfil their potential in the labour market and benefit from mainstream training, as well as greater personal growth and social integration.