The Diverse Europe at Work Project aims advocate intercultural communication as a key competence of lifelong learning for all in the European workplace. It will refine and disseminate existing work in the field of diversity training sourced from two previous projects, share experience from previous projects and ultimately promote diversity training for all citizens by focusing on the workplace. The concrete objectives are:

  • Disseminate improved and localised training materials produced by two previous EU-financed projects
  • Facilitate access to diversity training for all players in the workplace through courses offering transferable training outcomes
  • Promote the use of the training materials in national education systems at all levels, vocational training organisations, and businesses
  • Develop a European Certificate in Diversity Training based on the materials developed and compatible with the European Qualification Framework
  • Promote European Certification in Diversity Training by mainstreaming the Certificate into national education systems, licensing it to various institutions and businesses.

Drawing on the varying methodologies of languages and communication skills training, on business training and on staff development, the materials will have wide applicability, accessibility, transferability and so sustainability. The short term goal of regional and local training seminars instigated by the project will move to mid-term objectives of the training programmes and outcomes spreading through the mainstreaming of the materials and the recognition of the validity of the Certificate for in-service or initial training. The long term effects will be a significant increase in intercultural competence and tolerance of diversity among younger adults who will respond more positively to an increasingly diverse workplace environment.

By developing a pan-European view on diversity training, the materials and the Certification methodology will facilitate implementation at policy level. The core materials will be available in all partnership languages (as in a previous project) and this localisation offers national education systems, training providers and individual organisations a ready-to-use pack that fits the local situation and responds to the needs of the learner in their own work environment.

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