The MILE project engages with European mobility of people with low formal qualifications but valuable experience acquired in the course of work, family occupations or other informal activities. Such experience can become their biggest asset in successful integration in the country in which they want to settle. Our main goal is to support them in making their experience recognised and thus raise their chances of finding satisfactory employment.
The MILE Guide published on this website is primarily addressed to adult educators who support various groups of migrants, both those coming to the EU from other countries and those moving from one European country to another. You can download the publication in four language versions directly from the homepage. We also invite you to consult other Resources developed by other organisations and presented in the respective section of the website.
The need to support people in mobility in making their experience recognised is fully acknowledged in European policy statements. Our project follows recent European guidelines for validating non-formal and informal learning which encourage a wide range of stakeholders, including education providers and voluntary organisations, to engage in the process. We propose an approach to facilitate the first two essential phases of validation which relate to identification and documentation of knowledge, skills and competences.
We are also dealing here with the basic skills of reading and writing needed to prepare documentation of one’s work-related experience (literacy) and effective ways of its communication (digital skills of editing a portfolio and communicating it online). The need for such support to people in mobility in our countries is immense in view of the current migration challenge. Efforts have to be enhanced to facilitate recognition of their learning outcomes in order to promote their adaptation to a new socio-cultural environment.
We propose an individualised approach in which building a portfolio of skills and competences begins with the actual experience to document instead of a predefined template to complete. The MILE Guide is therefore designed as a practical resource for adult educators seeking ways to effectively support people in mobility in having their informal learning experience recognised.
The MILE project is supported by Erasmus+ grant in the field of adult education and carried out by three organisations from across Europe: IASIS NGO (Athens, Greece), the Association Key & Key Communications (Deruta / PG, Italy) and Education Centre EST – project coordinator (Wadowice, Poland) between November 2016 and October 2018.