About the Project
A mini project in North Rhine Westphalia, conducted by Europe Unlimited in November 2018, has shown that even simple, free training courses for migrants and former prisoners can be used to achieve successes with the topic “Basic economic training for European adults”. According to this transnational project, the lack of knowledge on economic and financial matters should be counteracted. Interviews with teachers, career counselors, migrants’ caregivers and prison officials prior to submitting the project application have shown that a need for targeted training and documents on economic and financial matters exists, as there are hardly any independent free offers for the target group in this respect.
The FINANZFIT collaboration of eight project partners has set the goal of developing innovative methods and tools to assist people with low qualifications in acquiring knowledge on economic and financial matters as well as key competences to strengthen basic skills in the fields of
- Financial assets
- Current account
- Retirement planning
The objective of the project partners is to work on these topics to make them understandable for the target group, low qualified persons, in the project partner countries. Experience has shown that people with lower qualifications in particular have lower incomes (compared to those with good professional training), so it is even more important to have the knowledge in order to make the right financial decisions. People who have experienced lower education often are difficult to motivate themselves for further education. In order to reach the uneducated clientele in the project regions, the project also addresses stakeholders such as career counselors, migrants’ advisors, social workers, media and volunteer education initiatives.
The projects started on 1st September 2019, the duration is 30 months.
Full title: FINANZFIT
Τhe participating countries and partner organizations are:
The Westdeutscher Handwerkskammertag (www.whkt.de) with registered offices in Düsseldorf is the regional council representing and joining together the seven Chambers of Crafts and Skilled Trades in North Rhine Westphalia. The specialist topics prioritised by the WHKT include craft and trade & industry law, organisational matters and vocational training and schools’ policy. In addition, the WHKT deals with economic observations and statistics, expert consultants, planning and environmental matters, Europe, multimedia, design and programming and PR work.
The non-profit organization Europe Unlimited e.V. (www.europe-unlimited.org) was founded in 2015 and aims at designing, implementing and testing measures and actions, which can serve to break down prejudices and borders by understanding, encounter and intercultural learning between persons of all popoulations and ages to enable a cross-border cultural exchange at a European level. Europe Unlimited sees its role and particular strength in the fact, that it brings experts from different specialist fields together so that these can use their complementary expertises to implement the statutory aims.
VondiConsulting (www.vondi.eu) is an independent and internationally operating consulting company and specialized in project and event management. The company has more than 15 years of experience in the development of European projects and events. A team of specialised consultants and a broad network of professional partners offer their experience on all areas of European project and event management.
SCVAP (www.centroedilepalladio.it) is a vocational training center for numerous occupations in the construction sector and trains around 2,500 apprentices every year. The education center is under equal leadership by equal numbers of employee and employer representatives. In addition, CEAP works closely with local authorities, for example to re-train unemployed people.
Datça MEM (https://datca.meb.gov.tr) is the competent authority for the Datça region, which manages, supports and controls the area of education and adult education and is responsible for all formal and non-formal educational activities. In addition, the institution coordinates all European Lifelong Learning projects in Datça. The main task in the project is the compilation of good examples in an online catalog.
EILD (www.eurolocaldevelopment.org) is a Greek organization that carries out projects to strengthen international cooperation and mutual recognition between national and international authorities, research institutions, universities and non-governmental organizations.
Mobilizing Expertise (www.mexpert.se) is a swedish KMU which aims at implementing Nordic, European and international projects. Workspaces of ME are training in general adult education but also vocational training courses (e.g. IKT, start-up training), creation of educational concepts for regional and European projects, professionalization of voluntary work in the Swedish region Schonen, takeover of project management tasks in regional and cross-border educational initiatives as well as the promotion of entrepreneurship among young people and adults in the region Schonen.
Euro-Net (www.euro-net.eu) offers the following services in the education sectors for children, adolescents and adults: Center for the development of information and projects; organization of training, exchange and cultural, artistic and sporting activities; sector studies; research; advice; crisis assistance and prevention; e-learning, networking, partnerships, training and workshops as well as publications, newspapers and websites.