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ACT IN TIME

Geographic Area

Portugal

City

Country-wide

Language

Portuguese

Type of Information

Case studies

Organisation

Edugep, Lda.

Contact Person

António José Gonçalves (Login to send email)

Contact Person Function

Director

Project Start

01/12/2016

Ongoing Project

No

Project End

30/11/2018

Summary

The ACT IN TIME (transnational ACTions for the access and INTegratIon of Migrants into the EU labour market) project facilitates migrants' acces to work and fosters their integration in the workplace.

It implements initiatives aimed at facilitating the access of beneficiaries of international protection and asylum seekers in particular, through information sharing, language and vocational training, skills assessments, information on recognition of qualifications and establishment of contact with potential employers.

Issue/Challenge and Goal/Assumption

The project's goal is to facilitate access to and promotion of integration within the workplace for migrants. It aims to achieve this through the implementation of various actions and activities:

  • Multi-stakeholder cooperation between Training and Learning Centres, NGOs, local institutions, Employers' Organisations and Public Employment Centres at EU, National and Local levels;
  • Increase the capacity of those Training Agencies (both public and private) which are highly labour market-oriented and therefore capable of bridging the gap between migrants and enterprises (employers);
  • Capacity building actions, addressed to the staff of local organisations and with the aim of improving both the range of services offered and the services themselves; 
  • Tailored support for migrant project participants, such as:
    - labour market guidance;
    - recognition and improvement of existing competences;
    - creation and implementation of individual action plans;
    - delivery of training programmes tailored to individual needs, through the use of different methodologies (including classroom training);
    - regular follow-up;
    - organisation of and preparation for traineeships.

How does it work

The project functions according to the following procedures:

• Designing a model of transnational cooperation between the various European project partners, to be transferred and experimented with at the local level;

• Sharing best practices and adapting methods and materials used by project partners at EU and national levels to reflect the project's specific focus of migrant labour market integration;

• Integrated and personalised methodologies, tailored according to the specific story of the migrant;

• Offering the opportunity to interested companies to benefit from a consultancy programme focused on diversity management, in relation to integration in the workplace. This would:

- enable new employees to become efficient and productive with regard to the needs expressed;
- raise awareness around reasons for and developmental benefits of the acknowledgement and enhancement of differences;
- raise awareness of responsible approaches to diversity, equality and inclusion, supporting companies to develop a vital competitive edge and build confidence on the part of their clients, investors and local communities.

Results

The ACT IN TIME project - now completed - led to:

  1. Development of a model of multi-stakeholder cooperation, involving private and public organisations and training providers (with expertise in the field of employment) that can adapt their services for migrants;
  2. Organisations are empowered to guide migrants in the EU labour market themselves;
  3. The employability of migrants is increased and their integration into the labour market is eased and facilitated;
  4. A support programme of personalised consultations is provided to participating companies, with focus on diversity management;
  5. 450 migrants are integrated into the European labour market and the efficacy and efficiency of the whole European economic and social system is thereby reinforced.

Evaluation

The results of an evaluation have not yet been published online.

Who will benefit?

ACT IN TIME works to benefit those migrants in search of a job (within the scope of this project, this amounts to 450 individuals), and those companies and organisations seeking a new, more diverse workforce. This includes the whole European labour market and, on a smaller scale, local labour markets; companies of every type, sector, dimension; employment agencies and employer organisations.

Source of funding and Resources used

This project was funded with support from the European Commission, more specifically through the Asylum Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).

The ACT IN TIME partnership has 17 supporting partners that are mainly involved in needs analysis, capacity building and dissemination of activity information, and in ensuring an effective and profitable use of resources and sustainability of project achievements.

The project was developed in partnership with:

  • IFOA, Italy
  • FAB, Austria
  • SEECEL, Croatia
  • Mayor Formation, France
  • VHS Passau, Germany
  • EDUGEP, Portugal
  • CEEDCV, Spain
  • INTEGRA, Sweden.