The peer learning event will be targeted at 40-50 European and national policy- and decision-makers, researchers, experts and practitioners, who show a professional interest in multicultural guidance and issues linked to the labour market integration of immigrants.
The objectives of the peer learning event are as follows:
- to map out the current state of affairs in the area of guidance provision for immigrants in Europe as well as to act as a driver for the exchange of information and best practices between Member States;
- to identify how guidance policy and practice should be further developed to support the labour market integration of immigrants across the European Union in the coming years; and
- to provide directions and input to the forthcoming Cedefop in-house study reviewing specific guidance measures launched by the Member States to support the labour market participation of immigrants.
The starting point of the event is the fact that career choices are becoming more complex due to greater careers diversification and multiplication of career-related transitions over the human lifespan. This is a tremendous challenge for immigrants who often are not that well informed or knowledgeable about the local labour market, nor necessarily even familiar with the concept of career. Therefore, national authorities in cross-sectoral policy and strategy cooperation (education, labour, youth, social and health care) as well as local and regional guidance services should more intensively work on removing barriers to learning and working for newly-arrived, second and third generation immigrants. Against this reality, the event will explore how guidance policy, practice and research could be further developed to support the labour market integration of immigrants across the European Union in the coming years.
For further details of the event, see the attached draft agenda and the background note.