The consortium NordPlus Adult consists of partners from Lithuania, Finland, Norway and Sweden, countries really far from the Mediterranean region. But not so distant in terms of integration of the women in the society. Scandinavian countries has lately experienced large inflow of immigrants from non-European countries where women account for 45 % of migrants with an employment rate 16.9% lower than of women of EU nationality. Among this group there is a large number of women with low educational/working experience, dependent on social welfare. There is a wide range of activities to break their social isolation in all participating countries but, in practice, only a little percent of participants manage to enter the labor market. The reasons that many immigrant women do not seize the opportunity to use the pre-vocational preparatory courses are often low self-esteem, complexity of information and lack of prior references. The overall objective of the project is to form a Nordic network consisting of VET organizations, Adult Education organizations, NGOs working with integration and gender equality, Social Welfare Offices and Public Employment Centers for pooling experience and knowledge in order to elaborate a strategy for assisting immigrant women without prior education into the vocation/professional education system in the participating countries.
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