The impact of skills development for migrants expands beyond personal benefit and to a more collective level. Labor market absorption can have a strengthening effect on individuals. Furthermore, the integration of migrant populations supports labor markets; as they make up for any deficiencies, due to aging population and low-skilled workforce.
To a greater extent, migrants’ integration in the labor market contributes to their social integration at large.
So, what are the desired requirements that facilitate migrants’ labor market absorption?
Skills Development for Migrants: The Competences Required
Migrants’ employment skills development should meet the labor market standards of the host country. With this purpose in mind, understanding of the market’s demands is imperative. However, these qualifications shouldn’t be restricted to the professions’ practical aspects. In fact, culture-wise social competences supplement their professional profile; and, by extension, support workplace stability.
In addition, migrants’ overall competences spectrum must cover areas of knowledge processing and self-competence as well.
There is no doubt that communication skills are crucial for all life aspects and interactions, including work-related communication. Therefore, language proficiency should be evident qualification.
Apparently, social skills matching the cultural context shouldn’t be neglected. Such skills are verbal and non-verbal communication; appearance, along with gestural and body language signs. Furthermore, intercultural competences overcome cultural differences and facilitate adaptation at work.
Sharpening personal skills is important in the workplace context. This skills category includes soft and hard skills; and maximizes the impact of the existent professional skillset.
Moreover, in case of no direct experience, transferrable skills can be an indication of a person’s potentials. Finally, any acquisition of employment qualifications should be accompanied by valid certifications.
EDU4SENT is an Erasmus+ project aiming at the professional empowerment of young adult refugees and asylum seekers in social entrepreneurship. With this intention, the strategic partnership focuses on equipping educators, working with these populations, to enhance the impact of their work.
Feel free to visit the official webpage and learn more about this initiative.
All in all, migrants can be conducive to a country’s labor market and to the society at large. Therefore, host countries should form their migrant policies to adapt to migrants’ work rights. Furthermore, encouraging these populations to proceed to further knowledge acquisition will enhance their employment opportunities for pursuit.
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