IGMA Project Concludes Successfully the Testing and Development of Its Methodology

Transnational meeting and final conference of IGMA project. Uppsala, Sweden, 12th and 13th December 2013.

IGMAuppsala1Education or labour guidance is not a linear pathway that starts in point A and goes directly to a final destination, or point B. This is the everyday work experience of trainers, tutors and counselors. This is even more evident if the purpose is to guide and support people in particular circumstances such as low skilled migrants in their itinerary

towards adult education or entry into the labour market. Cultural, family and economic issues have a big influence on the process.

Helping to increase the participation of low skilled immigrants is not simply the result of actions of just one single person. Of course, a dedicated trainer, advisor or coach is required, but also it takes time, the management of the involved organization working with this group, and last it is needed a flexible and efficient network made by the other stakeholders participating in the integration process.

IGMA Project. European Integration Agent

Here are some initial considerations of IGMA project-. ("EU Integration Agent" - Innovative Guidance Methodology for Integration of Low -skilled Immigrants into Adult Education) whose specific objective is to develop a methodology for effective guidance of low-skilled immigrants into formal/non-formal/informal adult education through coordinated measures provided by a network of relevant stakeholders.

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YES Santander

YESSdrSantander hosted YES project third coordination meeting, which was held on 28 and 29 November 2013. DOCUMENTA takes part in this European initiative, promoted by the Development for Vocational Technical Education Centre (METGEM) of the University of Bahcesehir (Turkey), along with two other partners in that country – ISGID and the Governorship of Istanbul-; partners from Portugal - Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade- and Greece - Institute of Entrepreneurship Development-.

YES (Youth Unemployment Fostering Entrepreneurial Skills) intends to transfer, adapt and test a training solution targeted to youngsters: the young entrepreneur ePROF profile and the ePACK training package.

During these days, the main project activities and results achieved to date were reviewed such as the completion of ePACK educational materials and the e-learning tool, or the elaboration of dissemination materials, with particular emphasis on the following steps that will be undertaken between the end of 2013 to mid-2014.

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The Emerging Role of the Job Broker

JBlondonDocumenta is actually involved in a new European project framed under the Lifelong Learning Programme, promoted by Rinova (organization from UK). The project was launched during the first partnership meeting, held at 15billion's premises in Stratford, London on the 21st and 22nd October 2013.

Job brokerage has become a familiar function amongst UK employability and skills providers in recent times, but as a job role in itself, and one which increasingly operates through 'payment by results' systems, it is relatively under-specified. With high and persistent levels of unemployment across Europe, and in particular the crisis in youth unemployment, Rinova took the initiative to develop a new international project to explore this further.

The result is a new Leonardo Partnerships project, during which partners from UK, Spain, Cyprus, Italy, Austria and Iceland will join Rinova and undertake a programme of study visits and initial development work over the next two years, which will explore job brokerage initiatives and the skills needed by staff who find themselves in a Job Broker role.

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From Austerity to Precariat

EAPNforo1‟Social inclusion policies under European frame: from austerity to precariat” is the tittle of Javier Farto López’s, President of Documenta, lecture which was presented within the Inclusion Policies in Cantabria under a European Perspective Forum which was organized by EAPN Cantabria and EAPN Spain -European AntiPoverty Network-. It took place on the 20th November at the facilities of the University of Cantabria.

The aim of the event was to make an analysis of the implementation of the European guidelines at regional level and to enrich the debate about how regional inclusion policies should be in order to assure citizens’ rights.

In his speech, Javier Farto pointed out the double social message the EC is sending: while the social budget is being reduced and the economistic is being promoted due to the excuse of the crisis, the idea of solidarity and social inclusion as a strategic factor for European growth is being spread (Strategy 2020). While the countries that don’t accomplish economic aims regarding deficit suffered from a hard discipline, soft discipline is applied regarding social and environmental aims.

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