Final Conference in Graz, AT

During the last two years, the eight NCNA project partners from seven European countries have been dealing with how to best assess and acknowledge informally and non-formally acquired professional competences of refugees and asylum seekers. In addition to a comprehensive research report, which can be downloaded from this website, the partners developed a groundbreaking model that makes it possible to measure informally and non-formally acquired professional competences in the four sectors of metal, construction, wood, and tourism in a detailed and hands-on way and to document the results in a database, which was also developed under the NCNA project. For the first time in Europe, the partnership described more than 30 professions in terms of knowledges, skills and competences on level 2 of the European qualification framework, elaborated tangible ways of measuring competences for the individual professions and developed a database to map the possible professional development of the client in a holistic way and under consideration of the client's social environment.
At the NCNA Final Conference, these project results were introduced to the public for the first time. The conference started with an introduction to the project and its background by Michaela Meier (Jugend am Werk Steiermark, Project Coordinator) and a paper by Edith Zitz (inspire - Education and Management) on the acknowledgement of professional competences of disadvantaged people. Then Pia Winkler (Fachhochschule des Mittelstands, Project Partner) introduced the NCNA Research paper, Muna Hamoud-Seifried (National Austrian Labour Market Service) gave an update on the latest labour market-related aspects with a special reference to refugees and asylum seekers, and René Halla (Jugend am Werk Steiermark, Project Coordinator) introduced the NCNA Model, including the NCNA Handbook and the NCNA Database. The conference ended with an interesting panel discussion with representatives from the NCNA partner organisations and countries.
You can download the NCNA products and the conference presentations from the Download Section on this website.

SHOW YOUR ABILITIES: Assessing professional competences
Date/Time: 29 June 2018 | 09:30 to 15:00 | Registration starts 08:30
Venue: Europäisches Fremdsprachenzentrum | Nikolaiplatz 4 | 8020 Graz | Austria

Final Partner Meeting in Graz, AT

The 4th partner meeting took place on 28 June 2018 in Graz, AT. The meeting was hosted by the Austrian project coordinator of Jugend am Werk Steiermark.

In this final transnational partner meeting, the main focus was on the final project phase. In addition to discussing the results of the pilot phase in the individual partner countries and to working on the finalisation of the two major project results, the NCNA Model Handbook (IO2) and the NCNA PIP Database (IO3), the partners dedicated sufficient time to dissemination and sustainablility as well as to quality-related issues. Another item on the agenda covered the preparation of the final report.
In the second major part of the meeting, the partners focussed on last preparations for the NCNA Final Conference.

Representatives from all partner organisations took part in the meeting.


Joint Staff Training in Graz, AT

In March 2018, all partner countries sent experts to Graz, AT, to take part in the NCNA joint staff training. This activity, which took place from 5 to 9 March 2018, was organised by the Austrian partners of Jugend am Werk Steiermark.

The main aim of this learning and teaching activity was to transfer the NCNA Model and the use of the NCNA Personalised Labour Market Integration Database to trainers and experts; these experts would then implement these tools in their countries and organisations. The following topics were covered in the joint staff training: introduction to the NCNA project and background of the NCNA Model; principles of ECVET and competence assessment for informally acquired competences; use of the NCNA Model Handbook and its tools; principles of personalised labour market integration planning (PIP); introduction to and use of the NCNA PIP Database; elaboration of and monitoring personalised labour market integration plans (PIP) for refugees; and planning and implementing the NCNA Pilot in the partner countries.
The participants' feedback was very positive, and all partners were ready to start the piloting process.


3rd Partner Meeting in Rauma, FI

The 3rd partner meeting took place on 14 and 15 December 2017 in Rauma, FI. The meeting was hosted by our Finnish project partners of WinNova.

Besides a variety of dissemination- and quality-related topics and administrative issues, the first day of the meeting was dominated by finalising IO2, the NCNA Model Handbook. Partners presented and discussed their work on the handbook; final adaptations were agreed. Furthermore, partners discussed IO3, the personalised labour market integration plan (PIP). The PIP structure itself was presented by the Italian partners of FormAzione Co&So Network; its realisation in the form of a database was presented by the Austrian partners of Jugend am Werk Steiermark. Partners discussed and agreed on a final layout of the PIP database.
On the second meeting day, the partnership focussed on planning both the Joint Staff Training (to be held in Graz, AT, in February 2018) as well as the pilot implementation phase. During the latter, each partner country would thoroughly test both the NCNA Model Handbook as well as the NCNA PIP Database with 30 participants. Finally, our Finnish partners organised a very much appreciated and interesting tour of their VET school and its facilities.

Apart from the Scotish partners, representatives from all partner organisations took part in the meeting. Due to most serious weather conditions and numerous cancelled flights, our Scotish partners of Bridges Programmes were not able to join the meeting. The next meeting, which will be the final partner meeting, will take place in Austria. The meeting itself and the final conference were scheduled for June 2018.


First NCNA Event in Florence, IT

The first NCNA dissemination event took place in Florence, IT, on 6 November 2017. The event was organised by our Italian project partners of FormAzione Co&So Network at Palazzo degli Affari, and more than 50 people came to find out more about the NCNA project.

Following a general introduction to the NCNA project, the first part of the event focussed on a detailed presentation of the NCNA Research Study (IO1). The morning session was completed with an overview of the NCNA Model Handbook (IO2), one of the core outputs of the project, and a workshop part. The two parallel workshop sessions dealt with the topics of evaluation of skills of migrants (WS 1) and good practices with regard to migrants' training needs (WS 2). The workshops were supported by representatives of the local employment centre.
After a lunch break, the afternoon session was dedicated to the topic of migration and its challenges for Europe.


2nd Partner Meeting in Glasgow, UK

عقد الاجتماع الثاني للشركاء في 27 و 28 نيسان / أبريل 2017 في غلاسكو بالمملكة المتحدة. وقد استضاف الاجتماع شركاء مشروع سكوتش لبرامج الجسور.

وركز الجزء الأول من الاجتماع على الانتهاء من المخرجات الفكرية الأولى، الدراسة البحثية NCNA. وفي حين قدم الشركاء الألمان في Fachhochschule des Mittelstands عرضا تفصيليا لنتائج الدراسة، قدم الشركاء الآخرون تغذية مرتدة عن عملهم. وناقشت الشراكة الحالات الخاصة بالبلد والعواقب المترتبة على نتائج العمل المقبل بشأن المخرجات الفكرية الثانية.
وركز الجزء الثاني من الاجتماع على مناقشة تفصيلية لكتيب نموذج NCNA -IO2 ومحتوياته. وعقب مناقشة متعمقة، أدارها الشركاء المسؤولون في Jugend am Werk Steiermark ، تمكن الشركاء من التوصل إلى اتفاق بشأن جميع المسائل المفتوحة ووضع خطة عمل تفصيلية لوضع هذه النتيجة الأساسية للمشروع.
وخصص جزء ثالث من الاجتماع للناتج الفكري الثالث. وقدم الشريك الإيطالي لشبكة FormAzione Co&So أول نظرة عامة على خطة التكامل الشخصي، والتي ستكون أيضا قاعدة لقاعدة بيانات NCNA. وأخيرا، ناقش الشركاء أيضا النقاط الأخرى ذات الصلة، مثل النشر وإدارة الجودة والمسائل الإدارية.

وشارك في الاجتماع ممثلون من جميع المنظمات الشريكة؛ ومن المقرر عقد الاجتماع المقبل، الذي سيعقد في فنلندا، في كانون الأول / ديسمبر 2017.


Additional Meeting in Graz, AT

وعقد اجتماع إضافي مع الشركاء من كرواتيا وسلوفينيا في 18 تشرين الثاني / نوفمبر 2016 في Graz, AT. وقدم منسق المشروع في جوجند آم ويرك ستيرمارك للشركاء جميع المعلومات الأساسية وأطلعهم على ما يصل إلى موعد مع جميع النقاط التي تم الاتفاق عليها خلال اجتماع الانطلاق في Schwerin, DE.


Kick-off Meeting in Schwerin, DE

في 4 و 5 أکتوبر / تشرین الأول 2016، اجتمع شرکاء المشروع لاجتماعھم الأول للمشروع في شفایرین، ألمانیا. وقد ركز الاجتماع، الذي استضافه شركاء المشروع الألماني في جامعة Fachhochschule des Mittelstands، على التعرف على بعضهم البعض وعلى موضوع المشروع.

وعقب عرض مفصل عن فترة المشروع لمدة سنتين من قبل منسق المشروع النمساوي ومناقشة وتوضيح الأسئلة المفتوحة، ركز المشاركون على المخرجات الفكرية الأولى. وكان من بين أعمالهم المكثفة في دراسة الاستكشاف التي أجراها المركز الوطني للبحوث الاجتماعية، ضمن جملة أمور، تحديد جدول زمني لهذه المرحلة من مراحل المشروع، وعرض الحالات الخاصة بكل بلد فيما يتعلق باستضافة اللاجئين والاتفاق على خطة عمل ومسؤولية مفصلة للعمل المشترك بشأن الناتج الفكري الأول. وساهم جميع المشاركين بخبراتهم ومعرفتهم الواسعة. وعلاوة على ذلك، ناقش الشركاء المسائل التعاقدية والمالية والإدارية، ووضعوا مبادئ توجيهية للاتصال، وتحدثوا عن معلمات النشر والجودة.

وباستثناء الشركاء من كرواتيا وسلوفينيا، شارك ممثلون من جميع المنظمات الشريكة في الاجتماع؛ ومن المقرر عقد الاجتماع المقبل في نهاية نيسان / أبريل2017.