Welcome to the 6th e-newsletter of the LIME (Labour Integration for Migrants’ Employment) project! Our partners have been intensively working on adapting the activities to the difficult times we are living. However, actions to create social and labour inclusion opportunities for third country nationals haven’t stopped.
Have a look at this newsletter to learn more about what the LIME Consortium is up to and what steps the project is going to take in 2021!
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"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the future."
This sentence by C. S. Lewis expresses the essence of our LIME project which sees the collaboration of a varied group of motivated and experienced Italian and Spanish partners.
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What are the next steps?
In the past few weeks we all hoped that the new year could bring us new occasions to meet in person, taking back our lives and projects. Yet, these challenging times are going to stay with us a little longer than what we wished. Despite this situation, we hope that you will be glad to hear that the LIME project will continue its activities until June 2021!
So, what will happen in the next period? Each month we are going to organize a Capacity Building Workshop. These meetings were thought to be gathering of local socio-economic stakeholders and therefore they were planned to take place in several cities. Having remodeled them in an online mode, they will still be targeted to actors in specific areas so as to foster a discussion on ways to spread and replicate the MEIC model at the local level. The first online capacity building workshop “MIGRANTS’ LABOUR INCLUSION: ACTIVATION OF NETWORK AND CLUSTER” held on the 17th March was enlightening and enriching; as it gathered 13 international experts and 54 participants to discuss on good practices for TCNs’ labour integration, in particular in France.Take note of the following dates: Spanish case study 21 April (you can already registerHERE); Initiative “Employers together for Integration” 5 May; Italian case study 19 May; 9 June - international workshop; 21 June - final conference.
We will keep you posted on the practical details but in the meantime don’t forget to spread the word to your colleagues and friends that might be interested in joining!
On the subject of the Migrants Economic Integration Cluster methodology, in the “Resources” part of the LIME website we have added an information tab on it where you can easily access the full text of the Italian and Spanish Strategic Plan written by the LUMSA University. The section will provide you with more in depth information about how the MEIC has been developed and the rationale behind it! Also, on the same page, we offer you the chance to discover more on an European Commission’s initiative called “Employers together for integration” aimed at giving visibility to actions done by enterprises to support the integration of migrants and refugees in their workforce. Don’t forget to check it out!
On another note, the Community of Interests of the LIME project is growing! We have reached almost 50 stakeholders among NGOs, research institutes, municipalities, associations and enterprises. We have asked them to fill in a survey on their best practices in the field of migrant integration in the labour market which will be published in the interactive map of the LIME website. Would you like to have your activities featured in it? Do not hesitate to contact us!
Finally, last November the LIME Consortium met collectively online for its third coordination meeting. It has been an occasion to plan the next steps but most importantly to discuss the results achieved so far. The LUMSA University presented the state of the research on the elaboration of the methodology and our operational partners in Rome and in Madrid reported on the courses and activities they had with the young third country nationals taking part in the LIME project. Continue reading this newsletter to find more information about this!
What is the CNOS-FAP National Federation?
The National Federation "CNOS-FAP - Centro Nazionale Opere Salesiane - Formazione Aggiornamento Professionale", our project partner, is an Association constituted in 1977, which coordinates the Salesians of Italy committed to promoting a service of public interest in the field of Vocational Orientation, Training and Professional Updating in the educational style of Don Bosco. Members of the Federation are the Salesian Institutions and the local and regional CNOS-FAP Associations/Federations that promote vocational guidance and training initiatives and actions, especially through the Multifunctional Vocational Training Centres. The Federation is currently present in 15 Regions and has more than 60 operational centres coordinated by the National Headquarters; in the LIME project, the Federation operates through the CNOS-FAP Regional Delegation of Lazio, which coordinates 4 Vocational Training Centres, 3 in Rome and 1 in Ariccia (RM).
Salesian activity in Lazio has a long history, which can be read in the places where CNOS-FAP now operates. For example, the Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco Centre, located on the site where the Fort Prenestino was up until 1947, which Pope Pius IX wanted as one of the city's defence points, now promotes initial vocational training activities in the automotive, electrical and mechanical fields. Similarly, the Teresa Gerini Institute also specialises in these areas and encourages students to find work in the many companies and workshops in its vicinity. The Pio IX Salesian Institute, on the other hand, which has been active since the 1930s with more than 200 students, has been transformed over the years into a Technical Commercial Institute in the field of graphics, with adjoining printing factory.
CNOS-FAP is active in the field of initial vocational training for young people and adults, through continuing education initiatives in dialogue with the world of work, also through distance learning programmes. In this sense, it also promotes three-year vocational education and training courses, which are less theoretical than school courses and more in line with the world of employment, while still seeking to provide an adequate basic cultural education. CNOS-FAP also works on international projects, especially with partners in the European Union, alongside activities in the ecclesial and Salesian spheres. In fact, CNOS-FAP not only promotes the dissemination of professional culture and offers guidance services through special centres, but also wants to encourage the growth of spirituality and solidarity in the world of work.
What is the added value of CNOS-FAP?
It responds to the demand for training within the weaker social strata, especially among young people;
It combines the training aspect with that of the occupational demands of young people, promoting links with local businesses that foster their occupational and social integration.
It takes care of the overall maturation of the person, promoting the spiritual, educational, cultural, social, political and solidarity dimensions of human work and educating to civil coexistence at local, national, European and world level;
It develops the specific professional skills of all those working in the federated institutions, qualifying their educational, psycho-pedagogical, didactic and technical roles.
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The first online Capacity Building Workshop - French Case Study
19 March 2021
On the 17th of March, the LIME project held its first online Capacity Building Workshop “Migrants’ Labour Inclusion: Activation of Network and Cluster” to discuss the integration of young migrants into the labour market particularly focusing on the French case. The online event gathered 54 participants and 13 speakers who together reflected during 4 hours on the good practices to implement in order to foster the swift labour inclusion of young TCNs.
Registration is opened for the 1st capacity building workshop of the LIME project - Join us on the 17th of March!
9 march 2021
The LIME project is organizing its first online capacity building workshop “MIGRANTS’ LABOUR INCLUSION: ACTIVATION OF NETWORK AND CLUSTER” on the 17th March 2021 from 9:30 to 13:30 CET. You can already register HERE. The first capacity building workshop of the LIME project will focus especially on the integration of third-country nationals into the labour market with a special focus on France, and on which extent the involvement of several stakeholders can benefit the social and labour inclusion of migrants.
In Madrid, our partners Pinardi and Guaranì, together with the company VIPS, are implementing the “First Professional Experience Refuge” action. They target participants from 18 to 29 years old with a red card working permit a level A2 of Spanish but above all according to their motivation towards the training offered. Read the article to know more!
In Rome, our partner CNOS-FAP implemented two types of activities. On the one hand, the design and implementation of customised work schemes, on the other hand, the development of professional and profiled paths for learning Italian at A2 level. Read the article to know more!
The Third Coordination Meeting - the LIME partners meet online
9 December 2020
On the 10th and 12th of November, the Seven partners of the LIME project (Labour Integration for Migrants Employment) met for the Third Coordination Meeting in an online mode, this time. They discussed together the results achieved so far and the planning of future activities.
What happens when the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and development (OECD), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO), and the World Health Organization (WHO) come together to brainstorm on ways to collectively further support local authorities in the processes of the local inclusion of migrants and refugees? A very interesting report is published! The publication showcases best practices and gives recommendations to foster the social and economic of third country nationals.
Cities do indeed bring together people of diverse origins and generate novel forms of economic, social, cultural and political exchange that allow them not to stagnate. Outside the cities, however, many migrants work in the agricultural sector and suffer from a very severe level of vulnerability. The Covid 19 pandemic has exposed them even further to risks. By studying the critical situation of agricultural workers in Capitanata, Apulia, Southern Italy, Serena Tagliacozzo, Lucio Pisacane and Majella Kilkey published an interesting article on the concept of vulnerability. We highly recommend you to read it by accessing it here.
A last interesting reading we would like to share with you is this interview with Girbil Faal, the president of the African Foundation for Development and Jan Jongbloed, the director of International Entrepreneurship, a Dutch NGO which helps expats start businesses in their countries of origin. They discuss their work in mobilising immigrants’ skills and helping them to get investment projects off the ground in their countries of origin!
This newsletter has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union thanks to the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of DG Home. The contents of the newsletter are the sole responsibility of the LIME Consortium and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.