03.11.2016 PROJECTS

Recognizing migrants' competences in Germany

EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2016. Helping migrants to make their job applications more appealing, VHS Thüringer in Germany launched an innovative course.

The article series shares good practices by introducing the nominees of the EAEA Grundtvig Award 2016.

The project Recognizing competences – revealing potentials is part of a bigger programme Integration through qualification run by Thüringer Volkshochschulverband e.V in Germany. Its overarching aim is to help migrants increase their employability and find out more about the job market in Germany.

During a language class, participants can create videos to be later used during a job application. The classes are taught by a language teacher and a video expert, who are ready to support learners at every step of the way.

The creation of the videos as part of a language class motivates the learners to connect closer with the German language, culture and professional conventions as well as discover their own skills and qualities. This way, the project strengthens not only the participants’ competences, but also their self-confidence.

The concept of the class can be replicated elsewhere in Germany, as the project team also developed handouts on German job market and on developing video applications, as well as guidelines for German teachers.

The project: Recognizing competences – revealing potentials

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Text: Aleksandra Kozyra
Photos: Thüringer Volkshochschulverband