P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region
4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities
01.09.2017 - 30.08.2019
ENDED. 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.
PRIME - training programmes for young migrants
To promote the social and economic integration of young migrants aged 18-30 years who have limited knowledge of the host country’s language & culture and lack social capital & support, the project PRIME developed and piloted a training programme targeting young migrants with a refugee background in Linköping, Sweden and foreign students in Riga, Latvia.
The programme consisted of a toolkit of options, including, language and cultural awareness training as well as vocational training, work placements, job brokerage and community-based workplace mentoring. To measure the programme’s success, the project collected feedbacks from the young migrant participating in the training programme’s pilot & their mentors. The feedbacks showed that participants were satisfied with the training and with the knowledge and skills they acquired.
Within the programme framework, 100 young migrants participated in the training programme overreaching the initial target of 50. To support the programme, 40 mentors were also trained overreaching the initial target (15) in this instance too.
- 100 migrants involved in the training programme
- 40 mentors
- 1 training programme