P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region
4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities
01.09.2017 - 30.08.2019
The PRIME project addresses the urgent need of supporting the social, cultural and labour market integration of young recently arrived migrants between ages 18-30. The project focuses on developing a joint Young Migrants Training Programme. A cross-border approach is needed as young migrants in the partner regions to face common barriers of inclusion, including limited language skills and knowledge of local culture and economy, low skills/qualifications, high unemployment and a lack of social assets and support.
The cross-border approach will bring together the distinct specialisms of the partners, enabling them to develop a more comprehensive response to the target group’s needs. The project is highly innovative in its development of a holistic programme customised to individual needs. It will consist of a toolkit of options, including informal education to support engagement, language and cultural awareness training, vocational training, work placements, job brokerage and community based workplace mentoring. As a result, a sustainable cross-border network for addressing the integration challenges is created. The network is piloted among a group of migrants.
2. The project will also recruit & train 15 mentors, either community or workplace based who will offer guidance and support to young migrants on the training programme. In addition it will establish stakeholder support networks in each participating region involving representatives of municipalities, training providers, employers and communities with high concentrations of young migrants from where the young migrants will be recruited. This will mean that additional results will be that at least 120 people will participate in the project as a whole, and at least 3 further geographical communities will be improved through the project. Participating community stakeholders will be surveyed at the end of the project and at least 90% will confirm that the project has improved social/economic inclusion in their communities.
3. These project results will directly contribute to achievement of the project overall objective and the specific objective of the programme and its main results indicator. A key output of the project will be the development of the holistic training programme & this will provide the basis for mainstreaming, dissemination & sustainability supporting the social & labour market integration of many more young migrants in the future. Both participating young migrants & stakeholders will be surveyed with 90% confirming that the programme has made a positive contribution to social/economic inclusion at individual & community levels.