PROJECT NUMBER: 1620202
Migration and Skills: Successful Labour Market Integration through Recognition of Professional Qualifications
2-3/Mar/2016 • Berlin
The seminar is of particular interest for organisations involved in labour market integration of migrants (from both within and outside the EU), including ministries, agencies at national, regional and local level, chambers of commerce, employment services, labour market offices and vocational and education training institutions.
Migration flows into Europe have been dramatically increasing in 2015. A key challenge across Europe is to ensure a successful labour market integration of immigrants – for the benefit of the individuals as well as of the economy as a whole. Skilled immigrants can mitigate skill shortages which many sectors already face and thereby contribute to economic growth. A fundamental basis for such a successful integration is to establish robust professional qualifications recognition systems. This seminar is developed in cooperation with the winning project of the European Public Sector Award - EPSA 2015 (National level category), BQ-Portal (Berufsqualifikationen) – The Information Portal for Foreign Professional Qualifications, managed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
The BQ-Portal is entirely unique as it is the first online work and knowledge-sharing platform in Europe to pool all of the relevant information on foreign professional qualifications and vocational training systems in one platform. It provides employers and Chambers of Commerce with comprehensive information and practical guidelines that help them assess foreign professional qualifications. As such, the portal serves as an information platform that consolidates relevant information and know-how about foreign professional qualifications, thereby contributing to comparison of qualifications obtained abroad with the German qualifications.
The two-day seminar will take place in Berlin at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and provides an excellent opportunity to learn in detail about the BQ-Portal. The seminar is designed to give participants insights in how the BQ-Portal has been designed, how it is managed, how different stakeholders use and benefit from the portal. Furthermore, the seminar gives the participants the opportunity to jointly discuss recommendations for implementing similar recognition systems in other European countries. Presentations will be provided by experts in the education and industry sectors, by experts from chambers of commerce who are advisors involved in the recognition of foreign professional qualifications, by representatives of the companies actively recruiting foreign professionals as well as by representatives from the German employment service. Furthermore there will be a visit to an educational institution from the motor vehicle sector, which offers adjustment qualification programs for recognition seekers.
The seminar applies a practice-learning perspective and will benefit from the EPSA 2015 winning project to illustrate how to organise a robust cooperation between the competent bodies, responsible for the recognition process, employers, employment services and training organisations by the use of a common platform in order to facilitate a successful labour market integration of immigrants for the benefit of economic growth.
Participants will gain first hand practice insights on:
• how to design and manage a common e-platform for recognition of professional qualifications:
• how different labour market stakeholders benefit from this e-platform to fill open vacancies;
• how vocational training programmes should be tailored to enhance the employability of immigrants by meeting specific national standards (in case of Germany).
The objective is to enhance participants’ understanding of quali-fications assessments and recognitions and to equip them with concrete methods for a successful labour market integration of migrants. This understanding shall help them to transfer the approaches to their own institutional context.
WEDNESDAY 2 MARCH 2016
Welcome and registration of participants
Welcome by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Boris Petschulat, Director VIIB, Crafts, Commercial Law and Business promotion, Education policy, Liberal Professions, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin (DE)
Introduction - seminar objectives and programme
Susanne M. Nielsen, Capacity-Building Specialist and Manager of the European Public Sector Award, EIPA, Maastricht (NL)
The German Dual VET-System
Success factors and challenges for closing skills gaps
Dr. Regina Flake, Economist, Unit for Vocational Education and Training, Cologne Institute for Economic Research, Cologne (DE)
BQ-Portal – The Information Portal for Foreign Professional Qualifications
Insights into the project: Background, Objectives, Structure, Stakeholders Inclusion and Transferability
Daniel Wörndl, Team Leader BQ-Portal, Unit for Vocational Education and Training, Cologne Institute for Economic Research, Cologne (DE)
Lunch at restaurant Esszimmer Berlin
Tour through the antique building of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
The Importance of the BQ-Portal for stakeholders
The role of the German Chambers of Commerce in the process of recognition of foreign qualifications
Daike Witt, Head of Unit of Vocational Education and Training, German Confederation of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses, Berlin (DE)
The recognition process: from the initial consultation to the equivalence review
Insights into the advisory and recognition practices: the BQ-Portal from the viewpoint of different competent bodies
Dilek Intepe, Unit for Vocational Training, Berlin Chamber of Skilled Crafts, Berlin (DE)
Olga Alferova, Recognition Centre, Hannover Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Hannover (DE)
End of the official part of the first day
Sightseeing and dinner (optional): Visit of the TV-tower (with dinner on top of the tower, tbc)
THURSDAY 3 MARCH 2016
Bus shuttle from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy to the Centre of Education and Innovation of the Guild of the Motor Vehicle Sector
Visit of the Centre of Education and Innovation
Learning opportunity from the centre on adjustment qualification programmes designed for applicants who received only partial recognition and wish to achieve full recognition
Thomas Schade, Guild of the Motor Vehicle Sector, Berlin (DE)
Bus shuttle back to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Group photo at the Lichthof
Lunch at the Lichthof
Labour Market Integration – From the Federal Employment Service’s Viewpoint
Knowledge sharing on the ways in which the BQ-Portal assists the Federal Employment Service in facilitating the labour market integration of their clients
Anja Block, Expert on Migration Issues, Federal Employment Service, Nurnberg (DE)
Knowledge sharing on the ways in which the BQ-Portal assists companies in securing a qualified workforce and supports while accompanying applicants in the recognition process
Marc Aßheuer, Regional Key Account Manager Labour Market Projects, Randstad Germany, Berlin (DE)
Conclusion and lessons learnt from the BQ-Portal Project
Martina Kollberg, Executive Officer, Division for Vocational training in the Service Sector, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin (DE)
Susanne M. Nielsen
End of the seminar
The programme will commence on Wednesday 2 March at 09.45 and will finish on Thursday 3 March at 16.00.
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Room D 0.031
The seminar will be conducted in English.
EIPA Members’ fee*: €995
Regular fee: €1105
The participation fee includes documentation, two lunches, and refreshments. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration. Please tick the relevant box in the registration form when registering for a seminar. Note that reductions cannot be accumulated. For more information, please click here.
* EIPA Members can take advantage of a reduced fee; this is available to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s member countries (i.e. AT, BE, BG, CY, CZ, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, GR, HU, IE, IT, LT, LU, MT, NL, NO, PL, PT, SE, UK), and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.
The hotels listed below are in close range of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel on checking out.
Nordic Hotel Berlin-Mitte
Mercure Hotel Berlin City
Ibis Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Motel One Berlin-Hauptbahnhof
Lunches will be served at a restaurant in town. Should you require a special menu (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic), please inform the Programme Organiser so that this can be arranged.
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