Ethnic minority participation through education and employment
The Labourplus Project has developed an innovative Labour Market Integration Model and Tool. You can click on this link: www.pearltrees.com/labourplus and go directly to the tool. You might want to add the address as a "favorite" on your browser.
The Labourplus tool is delivered using Pearltrees , an innovative, collaborative mind map-style social bookmarking service. You do not need to be a member of Pearltrees, but we believe your experience will be enhanced if you join (free and easy) and you can do that here: http://www.pearltrees.com If you have never used Pearltrees before you might want to view the short video here: http://youtu.be/YBy6jnmht3U
Suggested learning approach
This overview will show you the way we suggest you use, initially, the Labourplus online tool. When you first arrive on the start page you will see this visual representation of your first choices. In this case the countries/regions who are participating in the Labourplus project, together with information on "What is the Labourplus" project. We suggest you choose your own country and thereafter you will mainly see the tool and its contents in your own language.
Each of these circles or "bubbles" is referred to as a Pearltree [a collection of "pearls"] and represents a topic (or sub-topic) of interest. So, as an example, let's imagine that you are a recently appointed integration officer in a local council in Northern Ireland. Clicking on the UK and then Northern Ireland brings up this screen.
By simply clicking on the UK and then Northern Ireland you now see (above) the five main learning areas. Starting at the beginning, just after the arrowhead, and going clockwise, we can see the key topics in this order: topic 1 ... the Partner participating in the Labourplus project, topic 2 ... Statistics and Research pertaining to labour market integration in Northern Ireland, topic 3 ... Stakeholders involved in Labour Market integration in NI, topic 4 ... the Challenges faced in developing and implementing labour market integration strategies and topic 5 … Good practices and local initiatives which are Addressing the Challenge of labour market integration. Now, let's suppose you are just starting your learning activities. Let's take a deeper look at one of the sub-topics.
For example, let's go deeper into the pearltree entitled "Challenges". By clicking on this sub-topic we can see (here below) that the learning tool material is organized in a straight-forward, easy-to-understand fashion.
Simply stated, in each subtopic (pearl) you will cover, at least, the key areas of:
Language and Cultural Differences
Racism and Discrimination Myths
Absence of Advocates
Lack of Information
Effects of the Economic Crisis
Specific Local Issues
Each learning item is represented by a "bubble" or circle which we call a "pearl" and, as with the topics and subtopics, you can see the detailed information just by clicking on the pearl.
By clicking on the "Next" arrow, in the upper right, You can navigate through all of the "pearls", in order, without having to return to the subtopic "". However, to return to the overall view of the topic a simple click on the "Pearltrees" arrow on the upper left of the screen will suffice. You will be able to advance at your own speed, review materials as often as you need, and start/stop when and where you like and then easily return. In summary, all of the information and good practices related to the labour market integration of Migrants is available online - easily accessible and in a logical, well-thought-out fashion. We wish you an excellent learning experience and much success.
Should you experience any difficulties whatsoever (access to the site, navigation, usage, etc.) please contact Canice Consulting at:
- via telephone: +44 28 9266 6161