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

The 2nd partner meeting took place on 27 and 28 April 2017 in Glasgow, UK. The meeting was hosted by the Scotish project partners of Bridges Programmes.

The first part of the meeting focused on finalising the first Intellectual Output, the NCNA research study. While the German partners of Fachhochschule des Mittelstands gave a detailed presentation of the study results, the other partners provided feedback on their work. The partnership discussed country-specific situations and consequences from the findings for the upcoming work on the second Intellectual Output.
The second part of the meeting concentrated on a detailed discussion of the NCNA Model Handbook (IO2) and its contents. Following an intesive debate, which was moderated by the responsible partners of Jugend am Werk Steiermark, partners were able to reach agreement on all open questions and fixed a detailed work plan for the elaboration of this core project result.
A third part of the meeting was dedicated to the third Intellectual Output. The Italian partner of FormAzione Co&So Network gave a first overview of the Personal Integration Plan, which also will be the basis for the NCNA database. Finally, the partners also discussed other relevant points, such as dissemination, quality managment and administrative issues.

Representatives from all partner organisations took part in the meeting; the next meeting, which will take place in Finland, was scheduled for December 2017.


Additional Meeting in Graz, AT

An additional kick-off meeting was held with the partners from Croatia and Slovenia on 18 November 2016 in Graz, AT. The project coordinator of Jugend am Werk Steiermark gave the partners all basic information and brought them up-to-date with all the points that had been agreed during the kick-off meeting in Schwerin, DE.


Kick-off Meeting in Schwerin, DE

On 4 and 5 October 2016, the project partners met for their first project meeting in Schwerin, Germany. The meeting, which was hosted by the German project partners of Fachhochschule des Mittelstands, focused on getting to know each other and the project's subject matter.

Following a detailed overview of the two-year project period by the Austrian project coordinator and the discussion and clarification of open questions, the participants concentrated on the first Intellectual Output. Their intensive work on the NCNA Exploration Study included, amongst others, defining a timeline for this project phase, introducing the country-specific situations with regard to hosting refugees and agreeing a detailed work and responsibility plan for the common work on the first intellectual output. All participants contributed their experiences and their extensive knowledge. Moreover, partners discussed contractual, financial and administrative issues, they set up communication guidelines and talked about dissemination and quality parameters.

Except for the partners from Croatia and Slovenia, representatives from all partner organisations took part in the meeting; the next meeting was scheduled for the end of April 2017.