Mentoring for Migrants - best practice report from Austria


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Presentation by Julia Hasenöhrl (Expert for migration and integration, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO)) on the occasion of the EESC LMO conference on Tapping the full potential of diversity in the workplace: culture, age, gender and disability aspects (Berlin, 21 February 2014)

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Mentoring for Migrants - best practice report from Austria

  1. 1. EESC Conference - Diversity in the workplace „Mentoring for Migrants“ 21.2.2014 Mag. Julia Hasenöhrl Expert for migration and integration Austria Federal Economic Chamber (WKO)
  2. 2. Situation in Austria  Around 1,6 million people in Austria have a migration background  Mobility and migratory flow will increase significantly  Many migrants are qualified but do not have the necessary contacts and informal knowledge about Austrian labour market  78 % of Austrian job-seekers rely on personal networks  OECD proposal: open career networks for migrants
  3. 3. Status quo Qualified migrants Austrian companies
  4. 4. Status quo Qualified migrants Austrian companies
  5. 5. Aim Mentees Mentors Mentoring for Migrants  support of labour market integration  promotion of internationalisation
  6. 6. Process application of mentors Austrian Economic Chambers Matching application of Mentees Austrian integration fund Labour market service information session Mentors information session Mentees 6 months Kick-off event (Mentors and Mentees) Mentoring partnership events (intercultural training, excursions..) closing event
  7. 7. Mentees - countries of origin
  8. 8. qualification of mentees 89 % with academic background
  9. 9. Benefits for participants Benefits for mentees professional success development of potentials motivation networking in the world of work Benefits for mentors development of communication and coaching skills intercultural experiences change of perspective extension of personal network 9
  10. 10. Results  99 % of the participants consider Mentoring as a meaningful instrument for the integration of migrants into the labour market  91 % of the interviewed persons think that the specific knowledge of the mentees can facilitate the internationalisation of Austrian economy  40 % of the mentees have already been integrated into the labour market  80 % of the mentors feel that they derive a benefit from the program
  11. 11. Mentoring for migrants – key facts  project partners: Austrian Economic Chambers, Austrian Integration Fund, Public Employment Service  since 2008: more than 1000 mentoring pairs  offered all over the country  financial support by the Austrian internationalisation initiative „go international“  best-practice-data base of the EU in the field of integration  nominated for the Austrian integration award 2010  European Enterprise Awards 2011 special mention
  12. 12. Thank you very much for your attention! 12