On 21-22 May, UNIMED hosted the second transnational partner meeting of the UPGRADE project (UP skillinG Refugees And aDult Educators) in Rome.
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.
The first main result of the project consists in a capacity building course targeting low-skilled migrant and refugees adults in order to facilitate their social and cultural inclusion in the EU. The course comprises four modules including information on: Europe’s cultural diversity, cross-cultural communication, specific sectors of the EU labour market (agriculture, health and care, catering and tourism), soft skills and EU integration tools (Online Language Support and EU Skills Profile Tool). The course will be hosted on a web platform which includes a forum for interaction amongst course participants, both migrants and adult educators.
During the meeting, the partners of the consortium led by the University of Piraeus and including UNIMED, the European Association of Career Guidance (EACG), the Haute Ecole de la Province de Liège (HEPL), the NGO Organization Earth and Enoros Consulting, discussed progress made on implementation and started planning the pilot testing phase of the capacity building course. Initial conversations also took place concerning the development of the next phases, consisting in a multicultural and skills assessment methodology tool for educators and professionals working with low-skilled learners with a migrant background.
The next transnational meeting of UPGRADE partners will be hosted by the Haute Ecole de la Province de Liège in Belgium, in November 2019.