Foundations for Work

Young migrant workers with low qualifications and workplace skills have been hit especially hard by the economic crisis. Among immigrants, they are most likely to experience difficulties in accessing and retaining employment. Existing Vocational Education Training (VET) initiatives are often unsuitable for their needs.

Foundations for Work (FfW) is a project designed to increase the basic competences of young immigrants so they may improve their job prospects and benefit from mainstream training in their host country. Doras Luimní is one of six FfW partners from five countries collaborating on this project.

The steps of the project:

  • Carry out a needs analysis and best practice training report for this group
  • Generate a multimedia DVD and resource pack for VET teachers for classroom or one-to-one use and thoroughly test it with both immigrants and trainers
  • Disseminate the products with VET and immigrant service stakeholders, and identify viable implementation strategies, including mapping the route to accreditation

As a result of the project, voluntary immigrant service and VET organizations will have a methodology and resource pack for use with young underachieving migrants. In the longer term, through increased skills, adaptability and insertion into higher quality jobs, immigrants will have more opportunities to fulfil their potential in the labour market and benefit from mainstream training, as well as personal development and social integration.

The project website is For more information, contact Leonie Kerins, FfW contact person at Doras Luimní, at: