FORWORK - Fostering Opportunities of Refugee WORKers
EaSI-Progress research project
26 November 2018
The National Agency for Active Labor Policies (ANPAL), during the three years period from 2018 to 2020, will implement a poject that aims at promoting the social and working inclusion of asylum seekers and refugees hosted in Extraordinary Reception Centres (CASs) of the Piedmont Region and in reception facilities in Albania. In particular, Employment Centres will develop a model of taking charge of migrants through an individual integrated action plan. The project is funded by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, within the EASI – PROGRESS program.
The project implemented in Italy will establish a personalized work integration path for asylum seekers in about 90 CASs of the Piedmont Region, for a total of about 600 beneficiaries. Specifically, the program includes:
- prior assessment of linguistic and professional skills of potential beneficiaries and elaboration of an Individualized Action Plan;
- monitoring and mentoring activities carried out by a job mentor;
- support from cultural mediators;
- introduction to regional emplyment services;
- identification and development of formal and informal skills ;
- language and professional training courses;
- individualized placement services
A qualifying element of the FORWORK project is the counterfactual design method adopted to evaluate the effectiveness of the actions, a method that guarantees the highest standards of scientific quality.
To this end, the project involves the collection of individual information relative to the 600 beneficiaries of the FORWORK activities and another 600 asylum seekers as a "comparison group". This information will be collected through two fact-finding surveys, which will take place respectively at the beginning and at the end of the project. The surveys will be carried out by the Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti, partner of the project as the evaluating body. The surveys will involve a total of 1,200 asylum seekers. All asylum seekers will be interviewed in the reception facility where they are hosted.
Finally, in parallel with the survey, all the 1,200 asylum seekers will start the procedures to enroll (or update the date) within the SILP (Piedmont Labor Information System). As a consequence, the partners of the project will be able to use the administrative data for evaluation purposes.
The FORWORK consortium combines a multilevel governance (national and regional) and a mixed partnership (including the public, private and third sector), thus guaranteeing the participation of a plurality of subjects with different but complementary competences. The project implemented in Piedmont will be is coordinated by Piemonte Lavoro Agency (APL), in collaboration with Anpal (National Agency for Active Labor Policies) - Division V and Anpal Servizi, and will involve two non-profit organizations that will provide job-coaching, placement and intercultural mediation services (KAIROS and Inforcoop). With regard to the implementation in Albania, the National Agency for Vocational Training and Adriapol will be involved. The Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti will be in charge of monitoring and evaluating the impact of the project in terms of the work placement of the beneficiaries, using counterfactual assessment methods. ITC ILO will be mainly involved in the conveyance of results and the exchange of good practices. Finally, the four associated organizations (Ministry of Labor and Social Policies, Ministry of the Interior, Piedmont Region and Prefecture of Turin) will play a key role in building a strong collaboration between all the players in the field of reception policies and integration of asylum seekers and refugees in Italy and Piedmont, as well as in the spread of the project results at regional, national and international levels.
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