Valorize High Skilled Migrants (VHSM) aims at highlighting the importance of soft skills on the labour market for the competitiveness of enterprises and for employability of people, mainly high skilled-ones.

The focus of the project is on migrants, both European and non-European. Medium-high skilled migrants generally have the so-called soft skills which are required by companies, but they are not always in a position to valorize and promote them adeguately. This is also due to the fact that such skills may be culturally-oriented and they are under-estimated by migrants who have to pay more attention to emergency problems related to their immigration story. However the theme concerms any human resources and companies in any country.

The aim of VHSM is to encourage the exchange of ideas and good practices on how to map, evaluate, train and promote those soft skills which are more requested on the labour market, among the partner countries: Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden. Unfortunately there is no consensus at a European level either on what softs skills really are, or how to describe and classify them.

Objectives and actions
- To strengthen the link between assessment of competences, training actions and insertion into the labor market for medium/high-skilled immigrants
- To map out the Soft Skills considered mostly important by companies as a factor of competitiveness and of employability for human resources (quality research to companies and other stakeholders on the labour market)  
- To develop new pedagogic molels to evaluate, strenghten and promote candidates' soft skills
- To experiment the models developed on a target group of medium-high skilled migrants in each partner country 

Project outputs and publications
• Survey on soft skills more requested by SMEs: a 12 soft skill top ten identified:
Cross-country survey on Soft Skills required by companies to Medium/High Skilled Migrants. Methodological approach for a common framework of Soft Skills at work (English version)
Annex B - Tools used for the surver (partner languages: BG, D, FR, IT, SE) 
Quali sono le Soft Skill più richieste dalle imprese? Indagine transnazionale sulle richieste del mercato del lavoro rispetto a professionalità medio-alte e migranti (abstract in Italian language)
  
• Model for Soft Skill Assessment and methodology guidelines - MOSSA 
• Model for Soft Skill Empowerment and methodology guidelines - MOSSE
• Model for Soft Skill Self-promotion and methodology guidelines - MOSP + Building a self-promotion strategy
• Pedagogical Model - MOSSA-MOSSE_MOSP General Framework

Project leader: Fondazione Casa di Carità Arti e Mestieri onlus - www.casadicarita.org

Partnership:
• Centro Estero per l'Internazionalizzazione S.c.p.a. (Italia)
• Sdruzhenie Mezhdunaroden Institut po Menidzhmant (Bulgaria) - www.vumk.eu
• E-C-C Verein für Interdisziplinäre Bildung und Beratung (Austria) - www.e-c-c.at
• Folkuniversitetet (Svezia) - www.folkuniversitetet.se
• Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germania) - www.fau.de
• Greta du Velay (Francia) - www.velay.greta.fr
• Sdruzhenie Mezhdunaroden Institut po Menidzhmant (Bulgaria) - www.vumk.eu
• E-C-C Verein für Interdisziplinäre Bildung und Beratung (Austria) - www.e-c-c.at
• Folkuniversitetet (Svezia) - www.folkuniversitetet.se
• Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germania) - www.fau.de
• Greta du Velay (Francia) - www.velay.greta.fr

Duration: September 2014 – August 2016

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