INforEX is a European project funded by the Erasmus+ programme that aims to help disadvantaged groups, such as marginalized low qualified ex-offenders, by enhancing their basic skills and key competencies and providing certification of both the formal and informal skills gained through training.
The project involves six partner organisations from six European countries: VšĮ Žmogiškųjų išteklių stebėsenos ir plėtros biuras (Lithuania), Eurosuccess Consulting in cooperation with the Cyprus Prisons Department (Cyprus), CASCAID (UK), Lazzarelle Cooperativa Sociale a r.l. (Italy), Collegium Balticum (Poland) and Gestión para la Integración Social -GINSO (Spain).
INforEX will develop an integrated working methodology that combines theoretical analysis with qualitative research, as well as hands-on activities that are based on a participative and bottom-up approach. This will result in the active involvement at any stage of all the relevant participants, whether they are project partners or external stakeholders.
The project’s objectives are:
- To develop a training model which could be performed on-the-job and not in classrooms
- To train entrepreneurs so that they are able to work with the target group – (ex) offenders
- To issue a certificate to the participants- validating the skills obtained
- To involve 12 entrepreneurs as adult trainers in each participating country
- To ensure that each entrepreneur involved will train 2 participants (in total – 144 beneficiaries)
For this reason, from 9 to 13 October 2017, GINSO, with the collaboration and support of the consultancy K-veloce I+D+i (http://kveloce.com/) organised the “Train the Trainer” workshop at its headquarters in Madrid.
The 40-hour workshop involved discussion groups, role-playing, case studies and video visualisation in order to disseminate and transfer the groups combined skills and expertise amongst all partners involved in the project. The main topics discussed were:
“How to be an effective coach”
- The Characteristics of Effective Coaching
- Communication skills: how to communicate with ex-offenders
- Psychologic and social factors when you work with ex-offenders
- Some recommendations for working with low skilled adults
“How to evaluate competencies and skills”
- The Competencies-Based training
- Labour competencies and skills for the employment
“How to develop a checklist for labour competencies”
- Setting up a checklist that is useful for employers during the training assessment
Finally, at the end of this productive and informative event, a visit was made to the “Teresa de Calcuta” Children’s Center, in order to publicise and better understand the model of training, conducted with juvenile offenders within the Community of Madrid, and to use it as a model of good practice.
For more information please visit the project website here or contact Ella Bujok email@example.com.
by Ella Bujok, International and Partner Business Manager