AMICO will foster employment beyond boundaries by creating the Mobility Job Counsellor figure

AMICO will foster employment beyond boundaries by creating the Mobility Job Counsellor figure

Organizations from Italy, United Kingdom, Germany and Spain join this Erasmus+ project, focused on the labour ICT sector demand/supply mismatch.

January 2016

On November 26-27, the kick-off meeting of project ‘AMICO, a new Alliance for Mobility InComing and Outgoing’ held in Málaga (Spain), at the Andalusian Centre of Innovation and Information Technology and Communications (CITIC). The project is led by the Italian research and training centre Ente per la Ricerca e Formazione (ERIFO) and it is expected to last three years. The reunion was attended by the representatives of one of the largest universities in Europe, the University of Rome La Sapienza; the company Smallcodes SRL, both from Italy; the Spanish University of Seville; the German GAP Gmbh (Society for Applied Personnel Research) and the HdBA (University of Federal Employment Agency). Last but not least the British organizations Rinova Limited and the Collage Arts.

The project is funded by the European programme Erasmus+, KA2 - Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education. It will foster employment beyond boundaries by creating the Mobility Job Counsellor figure, both designing a specialization course and developing specific tools and guides to perform this activity. A total of ten universities, enterprises and research institutes from Italy, United Kingdom, Germany and Spain have joined their forces aiming to reduce labour demand and supply mismatch.

Over the last years there have been a significant increase of people interested in labour mobility. Despite that, employment rates are low. In fact, the job seekers registered on the EURES portal rose from 175.000 to 1.200.00 between 2007 and 2014, and has remained on an upward trend. Besides, there are only a few consultants dealing with this rising volume of requests, and furthermore, there is no professional training for this position profile.

The project, as a first step in the counselling area, is focused on the ICT sector, because it is one of the most intensive in terms of work recruitment. In spite of that, all the measurements could be easily redirected to other areas.

One of the strengths of this initiative is a suitable mixture of countries: it brings together the most representative European states in terms of outgoing and incoming mobility. On the one hand, Italy and Spain represents the two countries with the highest number of jobseekers registered on the EURES portal, meaning great willingness to change their work location. On the other hand, Germany and UK have the largest number of companies registered on the same digital platform, demanding workers from abroad.

Course and Welcome Service

AMICO will create a specific curriculum for the Mobility Job Counsellor as well as the didactic and teaching materials for this qualification, which could be deployed by any European university or educational centre.

This project will carry on a real experience to contrast its usefulness. In this respect, more than 160 students, job seekers, as well as representatives of enterprises, of public administration and also from private training and employment centres will participate in different activities.

The professional capabilities will be inspired on the figure of EURES counsellors, plus the experience of the organizations involved. Regarding the course, it will be divided in two, the first part consisted on classroom training and on the second half students will have a period of practice using on-line tools, where they will have the opportunity to analyse real mobility cases working with colleagues from other countries.

With the objective of improving the counsellors’ assessment efficiency, different tools will be designed to accelerate the process of matching needed profiles and job seekers competences.

Another challenge is to create specific mobility service in those organizations related to employment. AMICO will develop a handbook with the guidelines to set up what we call the Mobility Welcome Service.