EMkit: The Empowerment Kit Tested

EMKITest

In late August we finalized the test of the methodology developed in the Em-kit project. The "Empowerment kit" was tried on a total of 14 immigrant women from 10 different nationalities, through workshops and taught by Cruz Roja Cantabria and Cantabria Acoge through the Employment Plan.

The final evaluation of both, the usability of the tool and its contents has been positive. It has been noted as attendees have gained confidence in themselves and have created partnerships between them beyond the ending of the activity. The trainers have indicated their willingness to use the tool in their daily work. They have emphasized that the methodologies contained in the kit improve and complement other techniques currently being used.

From Documenta we would like to express our thanks to the trainers and women participating in this process for their valuable comments and contributions, which have helped us to improve this tool whose purpose is the integration of immigrant women in employment through training at an European level.

Following ending of the roasting phase and collected all the suggestions in the final version of the kit, the project will end on October 5 with the final conference to be held in Stockholm.

5th JS-Toolbox Project Transnational Meeting in Larisa, Greece

JSToolBoxLarisaFinal meeting of JS-Toolbox Project (METHODOLOGICAL TOOLBOX FOR DEVELOPMENT OF NEW SKILL FOR FUTURE JOBS) took place on the 30th August 2012 in the city of Larissa, Greece. The meeting was attended by members of Documenta, and by the participants from the different partner´s organisations: Folkuniversitet, promoter of the project -Sweden-, Dimitra –Greece-, Studies Staropolska Bab'ya Przemysłowo-Handlowao - Poland - and Revalento, from the Netherlands.

The meeting was also characterized by the presence of experts from the labour sectors in which each partner organization focused their Country Reports, and subsequently, their workshops, in order to create curricular/ training profiles able to accomplish nowadays needs of competencies and skills foreseen as successful in creating new jobs and improving labour market conditions in the medium and long term.

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AWB Next Steps

AWBRoma1At the beginning of last week on July 9th and 10th Documenta participated at the Midterm and Research & Development meeting of the European Project Age Work Balance (AWB) hosted by CIOFFS, partner of the project, in the city of Rome.

This session concluded the Research & Development activities of AWB project, planned for the study of the development of policies for the promotion of employment of long-term unemployed aged 50 and above, in urban areas. The study followed two pathways, an internal desktop research and the implementation of 5 peer review city workshops carried out in the cities of Graz, Berlin, Hamburg, Santander and Dublin.

AWB project next steps to be taken will be the development of answers on the basis of the generated information, to elaborate 5 City models + transferrable elements, 1 Strategy paper and 1 Practical recommendation guideline. These documents will comprise the results and conclusions reached throughout the Research & Development phase.

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Labour Market Age Management

LikeSuecia1In the framework of the priorities of the European agenda, arises the Like project to support the inclusion of the ageing workforce, combat the age barriers for employment, and promote the adaptability of the workforce to the rapidly changing economic and social environment.

Like project will attempt to demonstrate that the ageing workforce is a national asset that can be valued without jeopardizing economic balance. Furthermore the project aims at developing innovative business concepts related to age management processes, that will contribute to the promotion of the participation of the aged workforce on VET (Vocational Education and Training), increasing confidence and motivation and helping the 50+ re-engage in learning, while sensitizing employers to the benefit they can earn from “pushing” their older workers into vocational training.

In order to achieve this objective Like project will analyze ageing and employment trends in five partner countries: Greece, Sweden, Poland, UK (Scotland), and Spain. The project planned activities include aged workforce surveys (employed/unemployed), training modules, and awareness raising workshops and seminars addressing employers, trade unions, SMEs, aged workforce, vocational education providers, HR managers and policy makers and authorities at local, regional, national and international level.

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