Since the end product of this project will be a set of self-study learning materials, it will be appropriate to provide a way of documenting progress using the EU Skills profile for third country nationals as a tool to gauge current skills as well as skills gained as a result of the course. The project will explore the use of a system of badges or microcredentials for documenting progress. The badges will build on the work done with the EntreComp framework and will also be linked to adding to the EU Skills profile.
Report – Intellectual Output 3
Integrating EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals into Entrepreneurial Learning
- Introduction – General Background
Refugee flows across Europe, especially after 2015, have increased significantly.
Many European Member States, in the context of integration policy for refugees in
local societies, organise training programs in the corresponding national language.
The immediate next step is to help refugees permanently established in one
Member State to join the labor market. Some northern European countries, such
as Denmark, are pursuing a policy of helping refugees learn the language through
employment, notably in the context of specific funded programs, so that they can
join the labour market at an early stage of their establishment to the country.
Other Member States, particularly in the South such as Greece and Italy, where
refugee arrivals are dramatically larger, are forced to concentrate their efforts
mainly on saving people arriving on dramatic conditions and taking care for their
basic, needs such as medical care and accommodation. A common fact with regard
to these countries is that most of the refugees consider them as entry points having
as target for their establishment some country of Northern Europe.
Whatever the national policy, there is a stage, two or three years after their arrival,
when refugees cease to attract adequate support. At this stage many still do not
have sufficient linguistic knowledge to be able to easily enter the labor market. Due
to this fact (as well as due to other issues), the unemployment rate for refugees is
remarkably higher compared to other segments of the population….
EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals
The multilingual EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals is intended for use by organisations offering assistance to Third Country Nationals. It helps to map the skills, qualifications and work experiences of the third country nationals and to give them personalised advice on further steps, e.g. a referral to recognition of diplomas, skills validation, further training or employment support services.