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We publish the third Newsletter of the European project In2C

We publish the third Newsletter of the European project In2C

The third Newsletter of the European project In2C (Integration of Third Country Nationals in the Construction Sector) is now available where you will find the latest news and progress of the project.

This third Newsletter is marked by the current situation related to Covid-19. A new scenario to which the project partners must adapt, seeking new ways of working to continue advancing in the different programmed actions.

In the Newsletter you will find information related to the Focus Group held in the 4 partner countries to assess the training materials that will be offered to the TCNs participating in the project. In addition, this Newsletter publishes news related to the progress in work packages (WP) 4, 5, 6 and 7, and with the next steps to follow.

The European In2C project aims to integrate immigrants into the Construction Sector and for this an innovative methodology is being finalized based on a Training Package (Technical Vocabulary, Terminological Glossary, Labor Legislation and Occupational Health and Safety) on-site and online, through the SOnAT platform, which wants to be a meeting point between employers and TCNs looking for a job opportunity in the Sector.

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Three Focus Groups developed within the In2C project to assess their training materials

Three Focus Groups developed within the In2C project to assess their training materials

During the last weeks, DOCUMENTA developed three Focus Groups with professionals from different entities, who evaluated the training materials that will be used in the following phases of the In2C project "Integration of Third Country Nationals in the Construction Sector".

The Focus Groups were composed of professionals who work in Local Development Agencies of various municipalities of Cantabria, of the Workshop Schools, personnel of organizations such as the Red Cross or La Columbeta and by possible beneficiaries of the project, among others.

The participants valued positively the materials and verified their suitability from different points of view. They also offered very valuable opinions that will help to improve and offer a training package appropriate to the characteristics of the participants.

The materials to be evaluated referred to the areas of Labor Legislation and Health and Safety at Work, as well as a Terminological Glossary and a Technical Vocabulary based on images.

In the coming months, the In2C project will carry out this training for 100 TCNs residing in Spain interested in integrating in the Construction Sector as a contribution to the project's objective of providing a set of innovative tools and materials crucial for the integration of TCNs in the labor market, improving not only the language skills of the TCNs and their knowledge of the issues related to the job, but also the relationship between the TCNs and employers.

Invitation to the 1st employers’ workshop for the evaluation of the educational material of the In2C project in Larissa

Invitation to the 1st employers’ workshop for the evaluation of the educational material of the In2C project in Larissa

In the framework of the European project In2C- Integration of third country nationals in the construction sector, the Regional Department of Central and Western Thessaly of TCG invites you to participate in the 1st employers' workshop for the evaluation of  training material, which will take place on Tuesday 13.10.2020 and time 17:00 - 18:00, via video conference. The purpose of the workshop is for the participants (employers) to evaluate the completeness of the training material of the European In2C Project for the integrated training of Third Country Nationals and to provide feedback on it.

The In2C project aims to facilitate the timely and effective integration of Third-Country Nationals into the construction labor market through integrated training, which aims to enhance their language skills in host countries and network with employers.

For your participation, please register immediately by filling in your details in the form that you will find at https://forms.gle/Aud4XP3rP7A3qE9z8

The training material created, in the framework of the In2C project, on labor legislation and health and safety in the construction sector, which will be discussed in the video conference, will be made available to the participants electronically.

In addition at https://glossary.in2c.eu/ you can view the training material online and discuss your comments at the meeting.

Please register in time so that the information material and the electronic link for your connection can be sent to you. Order of priority will be observed for the participants.

Municipality of Larissa successfully hosts its In2C stakeholders’ focus group

Municipality of Larissa successfully hosts its In2C stakeholders’ focus group

Municipality of Larissa, partner of the project "In2C”, hosted on Tuesday 30.06.2020 at the Municipal Council Hall, the focus group meeting with the participation of local organizations and bodies,  in order to evaluate the educational material produced within the project and covers areas of special interest such as labor legislation and health and safety, with the aim of facilitating and encouraging the timely and effective integration of Third Country Citizens into the labor market in the construction sector.

The meeting, was attended by representatives of organizations related to the target group, during which issues related to the subject were discussed and corresponding views and observations were recorded that aimed at improving the material provided to trained users. The moderators of the meeting were the members of the Municipal Planning Department- Office of European Programs, Mrs Lia Gountroumpi and Mrs Sofia Papadimitriou.

First In2C stakeholders focus group held in Larissa, Greece, by TCG

The Regional Department of Central and Western Thessaly of TCG organized the 1st meeting of the focus group with the participation of stakeholders in the "Evaluation of educational material of the European project In2C- Integration of Third Country Nationals in the construction sector", on Thursday 28.05.2020, 17.00, in Larissa, on TCG premises.

Decentralized Network (DN): a personal data management system for the In2C Project

Decentralized Network (DN): a personal data management system for the In2C Project

The In2C Project partnership unanimously approves the DN for the protection of personal data of the participants in the In2C Project according to the European GDPR.

The proposal, prepared and presented by DOCUMENTA at the 2nd Consortium Meeting in Madrid, was definitively approved by the partnership at the last Skype meeting on April 24.

The In2C project continues with the planned activities at a good pace.

The In2C project continues with the planned activities at a good pace.

The strong commitment of the partnership, and the application of ICTs to online work, allow important advances in the development of the Work Packages (WPs) of the In2C Project.

Faced with the problems generated by the pandemic situation caused by COVID-19 that affect all the countries of our partnership, the In2C Project, building on the potential and opportunities offered by ICTs, has launched a system of periodic online meetings , to promote coordination and collaboration between partners, the correct execution of the activities of the different WPs designed, as well as the achievement and production of the respective objectives, outcomes and deliverables.

Via teleconference the 3rd In2C consortium meeting

Via teleconference the 3rd In2C consortium meeting

The third meeting of the nine partners of the European project "In2C - Integration of third country nationals in the construction sector" was held via teleconference on 12 and 13 March 2020, instead of Cyprus, as originally planned, due to measures received in all partner countries in order to restrict mobility and avoid coronavirus spread.

Besides TCG – Regional Department of Central & Western Thessaly (Greece) the representatives involved were: DIMITRA (Greece), Municipality of Larissa (Greece), Fundacion Laboral de la construccion (Spain), Documenta (Spain), Federation of the Building Contractors Associations of Cyprus (Cyprus), Mediterranean Management Centre (Cyprus), Folkuniversitetet (Sweden).

Dissemination event held by TCG for the integration of Trird Country Nationals

Dissemination event held by TCG for the integration of Trird Country Nationals

A dissemination event, in order to present the European project “In2C - Integration of third country nationals in the construction sector” was implemented by the Technical Chamber of Greece – Regional Department of Central and Western Thessaly, in Larissa, on Monday 21 October 2019. The project, co-funded by the European Union, from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020, aims to facilitate the timely and effective integration of Third Country Nationals into the construction labor market.

The president, Nikos Papageorgiou, in his inaugural address said:

“It is a great honor for me to be at the helm of TCG-CWT at this time. We are charting a new European course. This project is a huge success for TCG, as it now becomes an interlocutor of the European Commission and helps shape the EU's policies. It is the first time in the history of TCG across Greece that it is involved in a European project.

 In2C dissemination event in Larissa

In2C dissemination event in Larissa

TCG – Regional Department of Central and Western Thessaly organizes a dissemination event in order to present the project In2C - Integration of third country nationals in the construction sector, Larissa, on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 18: 00-20: 30, at the TCG building ( Kallithea 7, "Ioannis Varnas" event room, 3rd floor).

The In2C project aims to facilitate and encourage the timely and effective integration of third-country nationals into the construction labor market through integrated training aimed at enhancing the language skills of their host countries and networking with employers active in In2C program activities.

The project is co-funded by the European Union, the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020.

The second In2c Consortium meeting completed

The second In2c Consortium meeting completed

On 18th and 19th of July a consortium meeting was held in Madrid. The first evaluation report was presented and a discussion was held regarding the management of the project’s resources and schedule. Another project (MigErEmpower) was presented, in order to identify similar barriers with TCNs.

In the beginning of the meeting, the President of the TCG - Central and Western Thessaly, Nikos Papageorgiou, said:

"I would like to welcome all our partners who are here today. For the next two days, we will discuss and co-decide important issues of the project, both organizational and in relation to the next work packages. We have already completed the National Surveys in Greece, Cyprus, Sweden and Spain, and the project is now in its next phase of implementation.

National Survey on the Employment of Third-Country Nationals in the Construction

National Survey on the Employment of Third-Country Nationals in the Construction

TCG - Department of Central and Western Thessaly is the coordinator of the European project "In2C - Integration of third country nationals in the construction sector" (funded by the European Union Asylum and Migration Fund). The project aims to facilitate the integration of third-country nationals into the construction market through integrated training in language skills and occupational health and safety issues.

In this context, a national survey is carried out on the basis of two questionnaires.

The 1st In2C meeting, co-ordinated by the TCG, completed

The 1st In2C meeting, co-ordinated by the TCG, completed

In2C kick-off meeting was held in Larissa, Greece, on the 5th and 6th of March, 2019. In this first Consortium meeting all partners were introduced, and an overview of the project and general guidelines for management and coordination were presented.

Welcoming the meeting, the President of the TCG - Central and Western Thessaly, Nikos Papageorgiou, stated the following:

"As you know, immigration and security continue to be the two main concerns of European citizens today. The EU has in recent years developed an increasingly operational approach to address these challenges. Some of you here today have already contributed to this, helping the EU to implement its policy effectively.

TCG at the inaugural meeting of the European Commission projects on migration and security

TCG at the inaugural meeting of the European Commission projects on migration and security

The In2C project’s coordinator, Technical Chamber of Greece – Department of Central and Western Thessaly (TCG-CWT), attended the preparatory meeting for Grant Coordinators of projects funded by HOME funds in the framework of the Annual Work Programmes 2017. The HOME funds cover the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), Internal Security Fund Police (ISF-P) and Internal Security Fund Borders and Visa (ISF-B) as well as the Justice Programme Drugs strand. The objective of the kick off meeting was to inform Grant Coordinators of the latest policy developments in the area of the project as well as to introduce management aspects and specific requirements of projects co-funded by the EU.

TCG is coordinating a European program for the integration of third-country nationals into the labor market

TCG is coordinating a European program for the integration of third-country nationals into the labor market

The In2C proposal of TCG - Central and Western Thessaly, "Integration of third-country nationals in the construction sector" was signed by the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), amounting to EUR 792,966.30.

For many third-country nationals, construction is the entry into the labor market. Due to differences in culture, language barriers and knowledge of national policies, these workers are more likely to be exposed and excluded from work-related risk factors.

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