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Online course for low-skilled migrants’ professional inclusion piloted in Italy

A capacity building course comprising four modules (Europe’s cultural diversity, cross-cultural communication, specific sectors of the EU labour market, soft skills and EU integration tools such as Online Language Support and EU Skills Profile Tool) was developed by the partners of the project UPGRADE throughout the first year of the project’s implementation.

UPGRADE is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project started in September 2018 with a view to developing innovative training resources for low-skilled refugee and migrant adults, as well as educators working with these populations, in order to support their integration in the EU labour market.

Following a first pilot test carried out – in English – in Greece and Cyprus in July 2019, the course was translated into Italian and piloted in Rome from 29 to 31 October 2019. The first pilot workshop was organized in collaboration with the Consiglio Italiano per i Rifugiati. The second pilot workshop was carried out with the support of the Progetto missionario Sacro Cuore and the third one with Caritas Roma. The last two were held as part of the local NGOs’ Italian language school for newcomers. In total, 28 participants took part in the pilot testing activity in Italy.

During the workshops, UNIMED – partner of the project – presented the UPGRADE project and its different outputs. Participants were invited to register to the online platform hosting the capacity building course and review the course material. At the end, participants shared written and oral feedback concerning the challenges they had identified throughout the process and aspects that may be improved in the future.

The UPGRADE Consortium’s partners came together in Liège (Belgium) at the beginning of November and discussed the outcomes of the pilot testing activity across countries. Based on participants’ feedback, concrete ways to improve leaners/users’ experience were identified and will be implemented before the official launch of the course in the coming months.

Discover more on the project, visiting its website.