We know that across Europe, immigrants who do not speak the language of their adopted country as a first language do not do as well in vocational education and training as native speakers. There are many reasons for this and, as educators, trainers and employers, we cannot solve all the problems. This partnership has brought together research and practical experience to tackle issues in vocational education and training that can hold migrants back from reaching their full potential.
The European Commission has published a number of documents detailing the role of intercultural awareness and the recent UNESCO publication ‘Intercultural Competencies, Conceptual and Operational Framework (2013) emphasises the importance of developing intercultural skills in all educational settings. This model contributes towards the intercultural understanding and respect that is necessary to achieve this objective.
The project is aimed at vocational trainers and teachers who work with migrants. The Intercultural Training Model is presented in three parts: the training framework, the guidebook and additional national support material.
The materials have been produced for use within the training framework and we strongly recommend that they be delivered in this way to maximise learning through discussion and group interaction. The framework consists of a half day workshop, a period of self directed study (supported by a mentor if appropriate) and then a further half day workshop.
The guidebook has been produced and made freely available for those who train vocational teachers and workplace trainers to allow them to use the background information and the practical exercises it contains. Many of the exercises can be used as they are but they can also be adapted to meet local needs and situations.