News - WELCOME - Workplace Enriched Language Course for Migrant Education



This project (n° 580326-EPP-1-2016-1-DE-EPPKA3-IPI-SOC-IN) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

This section offers project specific news we want to highlight during the project lifetime. For more country specific information, please go to the news section of the respective country.


WELCOME Final Conference - Kassel, 13.12.2018

On 13 December 2018 guidelines and recommendations for a curriculum of work-related language development in the construction sector has been introduced in in Kassel, Germany, during the final conference of WELCOME (Workplace Enriched Language Course for Migrant Education) which is an international joint project supported by the EU programme “Erasmus+”.

Current development and challenges regarding work-related language provision in Germany, Austria, Greece and Turkey were presented from the project partners’ point of view. The programme for some 50 participants was rounded off by the presentation and discussion of various project models focusing on work-related language training that Hessia has opened while working on WELCOME.





Final partner meeting in Germany

The final partner meeting, held on the 13th of December 2018 in Germany, was dedicated to the finalisation of WELCOME contents and outputs. The partners also discussed structured actions and realisation plans for the localisation as well as organisation of putting the project results into practice after the project lifetime in order to exploit and upscale the WELCOME project. Moreover, the meeting also addressed administrative issues.


WELCOME – Symposium on Language Development in Occupational Contexts – Frankfurt, 10th September 2018

More than 340 participants and full members of the symposium were convinced that they had made good use of their time in Frankfurt. Because language promotes work - and work promotes language. As was shown in the many contributions by experts in Frankfurt, occupational language development is a self-accelerating system which opens up new perspectives, makes qualification possible and can set professional advancement into motion.

Mr Thomas Liebig PhD from Paris (OECD) and Mr Egbert Holthuis from Brussels (EU commission) are prominent supporters of language development imbedded in educational and vocational training. At the conference in Frankfurt both declared themselves in favour of the further development of this promotion approach. Mr Liebig PhD is Senior Officer at the OECD and thus an expert concerning questions of migration from an international perspective. Mr Holthuis, in his managerial capacity at the European Commission, has for many years been involved in the programme design and implementation of the European Social Fund (ESF).

Participants were not only impressed by the multifaceted and international programme of the symposium but also by the message that work-related language development combined with certification orientated qualifications can lead to a successful integration into the labour market.

The event was furthermore enriched by the contributions and the know-how of experts form Copenhagen, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Faro, Lisbon, Zurich, Tampa (USA) and Vienna. Moreover guests from 8 different German federal states contributed to the symposium with their informative presentations.

The results of WELCOME fitted the concept of the symposium well and were made available to the participants thereby providing a methodological framework and specific design suggestions for teaching activities in this sense.

Conclusion of the symposium: an efficient language and labour market development on a par with the people and today’s challenges needs synergies. It is therefore necessary to support the individual person and their abilities and capacities as well as possible, while at the same time including the funding system as a whole in the consideration. Thus, the federal legislator in Germany opened up the possibility of cooperation between subject and language learning also for the standard system.

In future, it is relevant to build bridges through such exchanges, to establish connections and to develop conversations through language learning – in order to maintain a constant interchange, as the interest and the perceived action required in the vocational and language training sector still prevail!

We are looking forward to the continuation of the exchange at the WELCOME project’s international final symposium in Kassel on December 13th 2018.

WELCOME Closing Conference

The international congress “New pathways in vocationally integrated language learning” has taken place under umbrella of the WELCOME project in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on 10 September 2018.

Among others, keynote speakers discussed the question of which methodologies are suitable for communicating professional and linguistic knowledge in a meaningful way and for integrating digital learning opportunities.


Migration in Europe

The German news Magazine “Focus” reports about the current figures regarding migration towards Europe in its 27/2018 issue. The article is based on data provided by Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency of the EU.

In the period of January-May 2018, the most refugees, 19 848 persons came by the sea through the East Mediterranean, arriving at the costs of Italy. Further 13 450 refugees coming through Central Mediterranean were split between Italy and Malta, while the 7 923 persons crossing the West Mediterranean reached the costs of Spain.

The number of people coming by land was only a fraction of those taking the seaway. Looking at the figures between January and April 2018, 1766 people used the road through the West-Balkan, 1638 people through Albania. 283 people arrived from West-Africa through Gibraltar and 148 people from the North-East border of the EU.

Link to online article (print issue contains more info):


Migration in Austria

The Austrian news magazine Profil published a report about the current Austrian migrant politics in its issue Nr.27. of 2 July 2018.

The article reports on the radical initiative of the Austrian government presented by chancellor Kurz on the EU summit.  The proposed rule suggests that asylum should not be allowed to be requested at the regional disembarkation platforms.

The report gives an overview about the history of processing asylum in Austria. The number of persons that Austria took in, show a declining trend from the peak in 2015 (88.340 persons). The actual number of new migrants in Austria (January to March 2018), is 3992 persons, with the prognosis of achieving 18.000 persons by the end of the year. Out of the 3992 persons, most people came from Syria (938), followed by Afghanistan (661), Iran (312), Russia (265) and Nigeria (253). In the period between January-February 2018, about one quarter of all new migrants were Syrian and Afghan girls and Syrian women.

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Presentation of the WELCOME project at the "Democracy, rights and inequalities in the era of economic crisis. Challenges in the field of research and education" Conference.

The Technical Institute of Heraklion Chamber of Commerce and Industry participated at the 4th Annual Conference of the "Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences entitled: "Democracy, rights and inequalities in the era of economic crisis. Challenges in the field of research and education".  The TIHC presented the activities of the WELCOME project at the Conference's Session entitled "Migration and Refugees' Flows".  The tittle of the presentation was  “Creation of policy proposals for the combined professional and language training of immigrants through the WELCOME project (Workplace Enriched Language Course for Migrant Education)”.


3rd partner meeting in Greece

The 3rd partner meeting took place on the 29th May 2018 in Heraklion, Greece. The  main aspect of this meeting was the evaluation of the “WELCOME package for VET providers and stakeholders”. The aim was to finalise the “WELCOME ECVET Curricula recommendations” and “WELCOME Methodological Guidelines for implementation of workplace enriched language training in construction sector”. Furthermore, partners discussed  action plans for upcoming national lobbying events in each of the partner countries and the “WELCOME Policy recommendations for public authorities in charge of migrants and their (language) training."

Jobmeile 2018

The „Jobmeile 2018“ („Job mile 2018“) provides the opportunity to inform about labour market policy and fosters the exchange about labour market policy developments.

This years’ event marks the 10th anniversary and will take place in the occasion of the “Day of unemployed people” in the 5th district in Vienna on 25th April 2018.

Further information are available under the following link:


4th European Migration Forum

The European Migration Forum fosters coordination and cooperation between civil society representatives and European policy makers and provides a platform for dialogue about issues related to migration, asylum and the integration of third-country nationals.

The 4th forum will be based on the theme “Integrating Migrants in the Labour Market” and will take place on 6-7 March 2018 in Brussels. In plenary debates, but mainly in an interactive way, like in workshops, obstacles and challenges for migrants when entering the labour market, solutions and good practices will be discussed.

Further information:


Results of the second partner meeting in Vienna

The second WELCOME partner meeting took place in Vienna on 19th October 2017. The Greek and Turkish partners discussed the “WELCOME ECVET Curriculum Recommendations” and “Methodological Guidelines” with the hosts at BEST Institut to approve the final prototypes for their evaluation. In a next step all partners will organise meetings with VET providers, enterprises and educational stakeholders to collate helpful feedback during the next months.



WELCOME partner meeting on 19 October 2017 in Vienna

The second WELCOME meeting is hosted by Vienna and will take place on the 19 October 2017 in order to exchange and discuss further stages of the project. The main item on the agenda will be the „WELCOME ECVET Curricula recommendations“ referring to the European Qualifications Framework (level 3) for 5 professions in the building sector, as well as the discussion of the piloting.


Development of the WELCOME ECVET Curricula recommendations

Based on the key messages and recommendations of the WELCOME Experience Exchange report, the WELCOME ECVET Curricula recommendations for vocational education in the construction sector are currently being developed.

The project partner organisations will meet again in Vienna, October 19th, to strengthen the partnership and discuss the ongoing development of the curricula as well as further steps in the project.


WELCOME Experience Exchange

The project organised a small scale field research in Austria, Greece and Turkey as WELCOME Experience Exchange on language and vocational training of newly arrived migrants to sum up good practices and projects dealing with successful language acquisition in vocational training by migrants from Syria, Afghanistan.

Besides a presentation of different practices, positive values and techniques on cultural, motivational and technical aspects that might be an added value to consider in the Welcome project were highlighted in a report. Additionally, the report provides a detailed analysis of the target groups' needs and most relevant occupations in the construction sector in each partner country.

In Austria for example, a training/ counselling measure for the learner groups in question called “Kompetenzcheck” includes checking participants' knowledge and skills first, followed by workshops on the recognition of foreign qualification, social/work-life integration, values and orientation courses. The Greek “ODYSSEUS” programme offers introductory courses in Greek language, history, culture and society aiming at developing language and social skills. The program “TAMEB” offers Turkish language courses for Syrians in level A1-A2 in Turkey e.g.

Based on the output of this report the further products – the WELCOME package: WELCOME Methodologies Guidelines for implementation for workplace enriched language training in construction sector” and the WELCOME ECVET Curricula recommendations – will be developed.


WELCOME – Kick off Meeting in Hessia

Representatives of WELCOME partner organisations from Austria, Germany, Greece and Turkey met in Hessia, Germany on March 2nd - 3rd during the official project kick off meeting.

They discussed detailed aspects about the project and its corner stones, outputs, objectives and expectations. Furthermore, the partners also agreed on several administrative topics like partners’ individual tasks, time schedule.


Initial WELCOME Transfer Workshop, March 2nd 2017

As the aim of the Welcome project is to adapt and further develop a methodology focusing on a combination of vocational training and language training in education, qualification and integration of newly arrived migrants, an initial exchange workshop provided an opportunity to study an existing methodology performed as “Flüchtlinge und Asylwerber in Bauhandwerk Waldeck-Frankenberg” (refugees and asylum seekers in the construction sector Waldeck-Frankenberg, short FAB) by Berufsförderungswerk des Handwerks gemeinnützige GmbH in Korbach.
It helped participants understand how in other trainkng centers this could work.


WELCOME Opening Conference and media result


TV interviews given in Greece

PR in Austria