“From settlement to employment” is an introductory programme which is jointly carried out by the Department for Welfare and Labour Affairs of the Norwegian municipality of Bamble (NAV) and VIVA (a municipal-owned organisation in the field of integration, adult education and activation) in order to better integrate refugees into Norwegian society. Consultants in the area of labour affairs and pensions from the municipality of Bamble work together with adult educators and teachers from VIVA for the programmes offered to the refugees.
When refugees arrive in Norway and the municipality of Bamble they are met by a team consisting of an adviser for the introductory programme, teachers and consultants from welfare and labour affairs. In co-operation with the refugees; they then take track of the refugees’ background, education, work experience, language and other skills, their interests and aims they want to achieve in Norway. With the help of this information, individual integration plans are compiled for each refugee.
Thus, from the very beginning, they participate in a work-related activity at least one day a week, according to their skills and aims. Foreigners who are able to communicate in Norwegian are matched with different jobs that can give them relevant experience for their future. This initiative is very beneficial for them as they can learn from the day-to-day business activities, improve their language skills and get to know many people, thus building up their own network within the enterprise. To be better equipped for the job search afterwards, refugees can get a certificate for this work period. In addition, by working once a week, people automatically learn about the Norwegian culture and way of life, which facilitates their integration and contribution to social and working life tremendously. Moreover, this supports the integration work of VIVA and NAV.
During this introductory programme, teachers visit the refugees once a week in order to assist them in their language learning process. Depending on the tailor-made plans for each person, the adequate learning pathway is decided together with them (e.g. further education such as vocational education and training for people without academic background).
Those refugees who are not able to work receive assistance (guidance and financial support) from NAV during the introductory programme. For example, there are social activities like cooking, knitting or sewing, etc., which help them to integrate and get to know new people.
This programme is built on the belief that social activities contribute to people’s wellbeing as everyone would like to be part of society, family and work. By looking at people’s individual skills, VIVA and NAV help them find a meaningful way of their lives as many of the refugees lost everything. It is VIVA’s and NAV’s philosophy to assist refugees in building up new and good lives in Norway based on their individual skills and resources matched with the Norwegian labour market, education system and cultural life.
|Award category:||the public sector as partner for a better society - cross-cutting|
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|Keywords:||Language learning, learning culture, labour market integration, integration, refugees|
|Short English description:||“From settlement to employment” is an introductory programme which is jointly carried out by the Department for Welfare and Labour Affairs of the Norwegian municipality of Bamble (NAV) and VIVA (a municipal-owned organisation in the field of integration, adult education and activation) in order to better integrate refugees into Norwegian society.|
|Organisation:||VIVA, Bamble Kommune|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||1-25|
|Number of people involved:||6-10|
|EU membership:||other European country|