Poland: Integration through education (Unofficial translation)
Type of Information
Karolina Janeczek (Login to send email)
Contact Person Function
Author and co-coordinator of the project
The main goal of the project was to support professional insertion of immigrants in Poland by improving their skills for the labour market. For this purpose, vocational trainings (HR and payroll course, a barman course, a waiter course, a tour guide course, a fitness instructor course and a carer for elderly people, the disabled and chronically ill course) as well as supplementary English language classes and computer courses were conducted. All of the participants obtained the relevant certificates.
Issue/Challenge and Goal/Assumption
Aims of the project:
- To support professional activity of immigrants in Poland through improving their skills in the labour market. This goal was to be achieved by offering immigrants flexible forms of vocational training. The wider objective of the project was to contribute to reducing the scale of illegal employment of foreigners in Poland.
- To increase awareness of the host society on the presence of immigrants in Poland, to enhance tolerance towards immigrants and to build a positive image of migrants as valuable employees involved in their individual development.
How does it work
The main task of the project was to provide immigrants with access to professional development opportunities in the form of six vocational trainings: HR and payroll course, a barman course, a waiter course, a tour guide course, a fitness instructor course and a carer for elderly people, the disabled and chronically ill course. Moreover, participants of the project could take part in supplementary English language classes and computer courses.
81 foreigners participated in vocational courses and supplementary classes organised by Instytut Innowacji. All of them have completed the trainings and have obtained relevant certificates. Upon completion of the course each participant was asked to fill in a course evaluation form. The average total mark for the trainings was 4.60 on a scale from 1 to 5.
Moreover, a 30-minute film portraying six participants of the project was made as well as a publication on life of immigrants in Poland was prepared.
Each participant of the project was asked to fill in an evaluation questionnaire. According to the results of this survey, most participants were satisfied with the trainings (the average total mark for the trainings was 4.60 on a scale from 1 to 5). In their opinion, the proposed courses were a good response to the current needs of the Polish labour market, and all participants declared that they would recommend their friends to take part in the project 'Integration through education'.
All of the project participants have completed the trainings and received the certificates.
Who will benefit?
The target group of the project were immigrants from the former Soviet Union. The majority of participants came from Ukraine and Belarus. They were mostly between 20 and 35 years old, usually had a university degree and lived in Warsaw.
Source of funding and Resources used
The project was financed by the European Union under the European Fund for Integration of Third Country Nationals and the state budget. The project budget amounted to approximately 54,000 euros. The personnel involved in the project had expertise in working in multicultural environment and a knowledge of the Russian language.