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MOVE ON: Migration & Gender: Vocational and Educational counseling

MOVE ON: Migration & Gender: Vocational and Educational counseling

The MOVE ON project is a highly innovative programme aiming to share, develop and transfer effective practices, training and knowledge of professionals working with migrants, with a particular emphasis on issues impacting gender and culture.

Through a strong, strategic partnership of 7 expert organisations from selected locations in Europe, the project exchange hidden, local best practices that have proven to help address gender inequality and the marginalisation of EU migrants. The project designed and implemented effective strategies and high-quality learning opportunities for enhancing basic skills of relevant learners in the participating organisations, countries and across Europe.

The ultimate objectives of the project are aligned with The Europe 2020 Strategy, the European Agenda for Adult Learning and the Rethinking Education: Investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes. In particular, following the project’s innovative practical results, it is anticipated that services provided to EU migrants become more responsive and tailored to their needs paying particular attention to issues impacting on gender and culture as these are usually manifested in terms of integration, employment and recruitment, at the work place, remuneration and promotion.

Year(s): 2015 - 2017

Target group(s): 1) Professionals providing career guidance and counseling to EU migrants; 2) Migrants

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Using a user-led methodology and by building on evidence from existing best practices, the project exchanged innovative models:

(1) to give staff of partner organizations the opportunity to participate to a dedicated and proven accredited training programme originally developed in Germany concerning gender and culturally sensitive guidance services to migrants;

(2) to share knowledge and successful practices across Europe concerning methods currently in use in the partner countries;

(3) to identify the profile requirements of career advisors for migrants paying particular attention to issues of gender and culture.

Type of product

Online resource

Brief description of the outcomes

MOVE ON’s outputs:

1.      State of the art gender and diversity sensitive educational and counseling methods

2.      Gender and diversity sensitive career guidance and counseling for migrants: teaching programme and material.

3.      Catalogue of profile requirements for a gender and culturally sensitive career advising

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

Outcomes on key recommendations to improve counselling services addressed to migrants:

Tailored support to the personal profiles, the skills and needs of immigrants, considering their specific cultural and gender characteristics.;

Development of specific training programmes based on specific characteristics of immigrant people, considering labour market conditions and the need to combat gender and race stereotypes;

Training of counsellors and trainers providing services to immigrants and refugees in migration and refugee issues;

Training on gender and diversity sensitive counselling as part of counsellors’ and trainers’ professional training;

Introduction and application of methodologies and guidelines, as well as quality standards in providing counselling service;

Improved information on counselling/training services, both at the level of the information provided and at the level of coordination between services;

Improvement of the validation systems, for degrees and competences recognition and to be exploited accordingly in the labour market.


In terms of MOVE ON’s training impact:

“The evaluation is similar of the other questions about the contents: only a person judged the impact as sufficient, all the other trainees were satisfied by the training impact on their professional skills (Excellent 52.9%; Very good 41.2%). They also declared that they will be able to develop further skills thank to the training received (Excellent 64.7%; Very good 29.4%). They also declared they will share the experience with their colleagues(Excellent 58.8%; Very good 23.5%).”.

Promoter of the initiative: Independent Academic Research Studies International Institute

Country: United Kingdom

Languages available: English Greek Italian Polish Spanish German

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