MigHelp’s project ‘MigHelp’s labour market competence training and migrant career-centre’ is a success!

Our largest and longest project ‘MigHelp’s labour market competence training and migrant career-centre’ ended in October 2017. The project, which was co-funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) of the European Union, lasted 17 months and offered complex services to migrant and refugees to help their future employment possibilities.

The core of the project included three trainings for 75 participants: European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) course, Family Day Care course and a Car Driving (B-category) course.

• We are happy to say that 19 people completed successfully the 7-months long European Computer Driving Licence course and we rewarded with ECDL certificates.

• Twenty migrant and refugee women finished the Family Day care Course at the end of 2016. MigHelp also managed to secure internships for ten women in kindergartens and family day care centres.

• Between February 2017 and October 2017 MigHelp ran its first B-category Car driving course for migrants and refugees. Within the project 19 participants have since acquired a driving licence and even after the course’s official end other participants are taking the test required to pass their practical driving test. We believe that 23 participants will soon complete their practical driving and the others will continue with their driving course, as well.

In total, Fifty-eight migrants and refugees, more than two-thirds of the participants, have completed their MigHelp trainings successfully.

Within this project, we also organized MigHelp’s own MigComp module training for all three course groups. The aim of the training was to offer practical personal, social, communication and computer skills that assist the participants finding employment.

These competences have made participants more competitive on the job market and also help broaden their knowledge. They have become more self-confident and the modules raise their awareness about how to find the best job for themselves. Sixty participants succeeded to acquire a MigComp certificate.

During the project, migrant mentors and a career consultant were made available to help the participants in their trainings and also with job searching and other employment-related tasks.

On 28 October 2017 we celebrated the ending of the project (see picture above) with guests and other participants. The participants received their MigComp and other certificates and we shared the results of the project.

MigHelp looks forward to organizing more courses and training for the migrants and refugees of Hungary.

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Media articles: (in Hungarian and in English)

http://hvg.hu/gazdasag/20171028_Kepzett_migransok

https://merce.hu/2017/10/29/59-menekult-vehette-at-a-magyarorszagi-munkavallalast-lehetove-tevo-oklevelet/

https://archive.org/details/2017.10.29-Mindenki.Joga-155

MP3: http://www.klubradio.hu/klubmp3/klub20171030-065900.mp3 (26.perctől) és http://www.klubradio.hu/klubmp3/klub20171030-072900.mp3 (első fél perc)

MigHelp’s ‘Roadmap to Employment/Career Day’

On 22 April more than thirty people joined MigHelp’s ‘Roadmap to Employment/Career Day’.
A full day of presentations and workshops were offered about entering the Hungarian labour market for migrants. All kinds of personal experiences – both positive and negative – were shared by migrants who wish to enter the Hungarian labour market.

MigHelp's Career Day 2017


MigHelp’s ‘Roadmap to Employment/Career Day’
photo: Evelin Dóra Nagy, from Randstad Hungary with Zéphirin Flaubert, Senior Consultant in Finance at EY company

Today there is a lot of confusion for migrants living in Hungary – which legal residency status allows a person to work? Or, what rights one has within the workplace? One of the female migrants who participated in the event mentioned that she was told by a potential employer that they were not allowed to hire people from outside Europe. This is absolutely untrue, and it is the more reason why migrants need to be well informed about their employment rights.

If a migrant has a legal residence permit in Hungary (by marriage, refugee status, stateless status, a student, etc) he/she can be legally employed.

To help clear up the confusion MigHelp invited a representative from the official Budapest Labour office (Budapest Főváros Kormányhivatala Foglalkoztatási Főosztály), Human Resources (HR) experts and a lawyer experienced in these areas of law to inform migrants and refugees about rules and regulations regarding the employment of migrants in Hungary .

Other topics presented were how to register as a job seeker in the Budapest Labour office, negotiate a salary, how to prepare yourself for a job interview, and in the past MigHelp has also offered presentations on how to write a CV/resume. At the end of the day, people had the opportunity to personally meet and discuss their problems with the presenters.

One marketable skill that many migrants in Hungary may have is their own native language. Many multinational corporations operating in Hungary often seek native or fluent speakers to communicate with their customers in countries abroad.

MigHelp will continue to offer ‘Career Days’ and other events that help Hungary’s migrant community integrate in their new home.

MigHelp's Career Day 2017

MigHelp’s ‘Roadmap to Employment/Career Day’
photos by JD / MigHelp©

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Current Courses

Last summer’s crisis stirred a sympathetic response from many, MigHelp included. MigHelp wants to call to everyone’s attention the fact that hard-working migrants and refugees are struggling every day to find ways to integrate into and contribute to Hungarian and European society.

With that in mind, MigHelp is happy to announce it currently has the following courses up and running:

Language Courses
– German (Beginner and intermediate)
– Hungarian (Beginner and Intermediate)
– French (Beginner)
– Spanish (Beginner)
– English (Pre-intermediate/Intermediate)

IT courses
– HTML
– CSS
– PHP
– JavaScript
– MySql (Database)
– CMS (Content Management System)

These courses are taught by a group of committed Volunteers who sacrifice their time and energy to bring about changes in the lives of those in despair. They impact knowledge to those who have no means to afford, those who have lost hope, those who have been broken down by wars, conflicts and other forms of inhumane treatment.
MigHelp welcomes, with open arms, volunteers who wish to champion this course.

Our project, ‘Job and Integration-IT courses for migrants’ has been a success!

Migrant’s Help Association, MigHelp, with its partner and service provider ControllTraining KFT has successfully completed a 10 Month basic and advance computer skills training project supported by the European Integration Fund. Two trainings were available for the participants, at two locations: an accredited 7-month course in European Computer Driving Licence (196 lessons)for beginners in Avicenna College and an advanced 6-month web-programming course for migrants with basic computer skills (210 lessons) in McDaniel College.

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The project started in November 2013 and finished in August 2014.

There were altogether 30 migrants who participated in the two trainings. The ECDL-course consisted of 7 modules (IT-security, Access and others), while the participants of the web-programming course had the opportunity to learn about MySQL, PHP, adobe Dreamweaver and other web-programming tools. Altogether 23 students successfully completed the courses and passed the exams. Twelve participants received their European Computer Driving Licence while eleven were certified by ControllTraining.

On 28 August we had a successful project-closing event attended by about 100 people. This event was also the graduation ceremony where students received their certificates and gave their testimonies alongside other speakers from Mighelp, Avicenna and McDaniel Colleges.

MigHelp would like to thank all its friends and supporters for all their support and a special thanks to the European Integration Fund for making funds available for the development and integration of migrants into Hungarian society.

more photos on MigHelp’s Facebook photo album.

James Peter, Dir of MigHelp

James Peter, Dir of MigHelp

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