Ethnic minority participation through education and employment
The regional consultation meetings are meeting organized by the partners on their territory to promote dialogue between the local stakeholders. Alt Empordà released a report on their meeting, as well as Santa Cruz.
On the 26th of November 2013, the Labour Plus Council Officials of Newry and Mourne (Northern Ireland) met with key stakeholders including representatives from the Department of Employment and Learning, Office of First Minister/Deputy First Minister, the Equality Commission, the Northern Ireland Strategic Migration Partnership and members of the business community to discuss labour market integration with a particular focus on vulnerable groups including migrant workers and Irish Travellers. Find the press release here.
Nieuwegein (Netherlands) organized their meeting on vulnerable young people on the 3rd of December 2013. The minutes are available here.
"School and vocational training of refugees in Marburg" titled the invitation for the Regional Consultation Meeting of Labour Plus in Marburg. On December 12, 2013, different experts of the region who deal with this topic discussed the legal framework and the possibilities for local institutions to help refugees that their individual biographies of schooling, vocational training and integration into labour market can be organized without interruptions. The participants arranged forthcoming steps of collaboration. A minute from the event could be found here.
On the 10th of January 2014, the European New Towns Platform invited associations and local authorities from Brussels region to discuss employment and initiatives to fight against discrimination. A summary of the meeting is available here.
The province of Padua organized on the 27th of June 2014 its regional consultation meeting on Public Employment Services for a multicultural labour market. The labour market in Northern Italy is rapidly changing and the Public Employment Services (PES) have undergone important reforms and devolution processes to keep up pace with the so-called post-industrial economy. In the last five years however, the economic downturn has exacerbated the negative opinion that migrant workers represent a threat to the growth and competitiveness of local society and economy. This has been the main topic of discussion for the group of practitioners gathered at the headquarters of the Province of Padua for the Labour Plus project. The meeting has developed as an interactive SWOT analysis session where participants were called to contribute to the identification of the internal (Strengths and Weaknesses) and external factors (Opportunities and Threats) that positively or negatively affect the delivery of services - not only for migrants and other minorities, but also for workers in general.
On 11th of June 2014, The University of Latvia (UL) organized the Regional Consultation Meeting (RCM) together with the projects’ international conference “Towards Labour Market Challenges for Inclusion, Equal Employment and Mobility”. Best integration practices were presented to more than 40 participants of whom 16 were representatives from public and local authorities – Ministry of Welfare, Ministry of Education and Science, State Employment Agency and 8 municipalities.
Participants discussed main challenges of integration of vulnerable groups, identifying common aspects among Latvian municipalities as well as common and different aspects with project’s partners. Important target groups in all municipalities are unemployed young people as well as pre-retirement-age people. For more information click here.