Posted by: achaiainstitute | February 24, 2012

Life Long Learning Programme Leonardo Da Vinci Transfer of Innovation: CIVET Counseling Immigrants in Vocational Educational Training

As the population ages over the upcoming years, the supply of labour will decrease. The need of qualified work power is anticipated. Meanwhile, the number of immigrants in European countries is increasing. Immigrants with a vocational qualification and adequate language skills are needed in the labour market. The key idea of this Leonardo Transfer of Innovation project CIVET – Counseling Immigrants in Vocational Education and Training is to make the immigrant learners’ path to working life smoother and shorter. One means to achieve it is to develop a multicultural training model for vocational education and training and for workplaces. It will focus on interaction between vocational teachers/trainers or workplace instructors and immigrant learners in work-based learning situations. Tools and material for better multicultural interaction will be created. Also the importance of multicultural counseling will be enhanced.

CIVET aims to affect work-based learning so that vocational teachers/trainers and workplace instructors will have a distinct model of interaction with immigrants. They will have more courage and less prejudice in counseling situations and they will be able to pay attention to challenges caused by cultural diversity. They will be able to observe and analyze their use of language and also make it easier and more understandable for immigrants. The suspension of studies in vocational education due to language difficulties will decrease and the time used for completing a vocational qualification will shorten.

The consortium of CIVET consists of education providers with a wide experience of educating immigrants. Coordinator of the project: ΕΚΑΜI ETELÄKYMENLAAKSON AMATTIOPISTO, Kotka Finland. 

Partners: Achaia Adult Education Institute – Greece,Greta du Valey – France, BBAG-e.V. – Germany, Kristianstads – Sweden and Newham College of Further Education – United Kingdom.

The main result of CIVET will be a multicultural training model for vocational teachers/trainers and workplace instructors. A tangible outcome of the project will be a guidebook for multicultural interaction which includes a counseling model, language instructions and also instructional support material. The guidebook will be produced in a digital form and in the languages of the partner institutions.

The main impact of the project is that the vocational teachers/trainers and workplace instructors will have more competence in counseling immigrants in work-based learning situations. The impact on end-users, i. e. immigrant learners, is that their motivation for vocational studies and learning the second language will increase.

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