Migrant Training and Placement Programme

THP has developed a programme which involves both training of migrants (particularly in soft skills training) as well as placement of migrants into jobs.

Businesses struggle to fill skills gaps from within their local labour markets.
Cities are faced with the challenge of effectively integrating migrants, including facilitating their access to the labour market. Migrants need to gain employment, to contribute to the local economy and actively participate in their new community.

All three of the above stakeholders tend to address their respective challenges in silos resulting in disjointed solutions that are less effective. Given the complementary needs of all three groups it is crucial for them to work on these issues in partnership to give results that can be mutually beneficial.

The THP Solution
Capitalising on 16 years of experience in working with the corporate sector and government, THP has developed a unique solution to answer these challenges by working with qualified trainers for the training of unemployed migrants in skills to then place them into jobs available in companies. This innovative approach of working with businesses, city governments, and migrants will help alleviate the challenges faced by all three groups at the same time.
The THP Migrant Training and Placement Programme forms pathways of cooperation between city government and local businesses with the aim of improving labour market outcomes in the city and increasing migrant community participation in the labour market; the net outcome is an enhanced economy in the region.

How it Works
In a comprehensive and tested process THP first examines present and future structural labour shortages and skills gaps in the city, as well as how migrants experience the labour market. We interview key players in local businesses and in local government to learn about their needs. In the second step, THP develops a tailor-made training programme based on these needs and finds suitable trainees from the migrant talent pool. Finally, the upskilled migrants are placed into jobs within the relevant businesses.

THP’s Competitive Advantage
THP offers both training of migrants (particularly in soft skills training) as well as placement of migrants into jobs. Market research indicates that there are a number of training and placement services in the form of educational institutions or in-house company training and recruitment agencies. These organisations tend to focus either on non-migrant unemployed people or on a specific niche within the migrant population. The training and placement services designed by THP are tailor-made to answer to the specific needs and challenges faced by unemployed migrants and skills and labour shortages in businesses.

The THP Team
THP currently works with a team of researchers, labour market consultants, and other staff who are experienced in gathering data as well as analysing trends in shortages in labour and skills. THP is also supported by labour market and HR experts, the THP Executive Board and its Advisory Council who draw from various areas of expertise.

Through the THP programme, businesses in the city will be better able to fill skills and labour gaps by expanding their employee pool to include skills offered by migrants, leading to greater efficiency and increased productivity in the company. The city will benefit in that it will reap the rewards of greater economic impact, increased integration and access to jobs for migrants which will also reduce the cost that migrants could potentially bare on the welfare system. Similarly, migrants themselves will be more active participants in their host communities and contribute to the economic and societal wellbeing of the city.

For more information about THP’s Migrant Training and Placement Programme please contact Nava Hinrichs, Managing Director.

E-mail: nava.hinrichs@thehagueprocess.org
Tel: +31 (0)70 711 89 89
Mobile: +31 (0)6 52 77 29 31

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Solutions Alliance – 2016 Business Consultation, 13 Jun, Amsterdam

27276793111_67923daf3d_mThe United Nations Development Programme and the NGO SPARK, which develops higher education and entrepreneurship for youth in fragile contexts, as Co-Chairs of the Solutions Alliance Thematic Group on Engaging the Private Sector, will be organising a one-day Business Consultation in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 13 June 2016.

The event will bring together a selected number of companies, humanitarian and development actors and other stakeholders to strengthen the collaborative actions on innovative and sustainable solutions for displacement initiated in 2015. Recognizing the key role the private sector plays in transforming displacement challenges into new development and economic growth opportunities, the 2016 Business Consultation will:

  1. Propose the creation of a business mechanism or matchmaking platform on business solutions for displacement;
  2. Identify opportunities to collaborate around selected displacement country contexts; and
  3. Further develop concrete proposals around ‘LinkedIn’ groups on skills mobility for the displaced, ‘Business-in-a Box’ solutions for entrepreneurship, including through connections to value chains of larger companies, and digital remote work opportunities.

More information and background documents available here: http://www.solutionsalliance.org/2016-business-consultation

Seminar: Immigration & the Impact on Corporate Culture & Inclusion

iCON Group will hold a seminar on Immigration & the Impact on Corporate Culture & Inclusion: The need for corporate engagement, on 6 July 2016 in Central London.

The aim of this conference will be to bridge the gap between business and migration through corporate case studies, expert led panel, workshops & audience driven conversation.

With a firm focus on return on investment for businesses that engage on migration we will be inviting a corporate audience to engage in the following topics:

  • What are the costs and benefits to businesses that have initiatives on migration
  • Suggestions on how, why and what businesses can do that will be of benefit to both migrants and the core of the business
  • Discuss timely topics affecting modern diversity and inclusion practice
  • Case studies of extensive refugee integration programmes

See the iCON group website for more information, seminar agenda and registration.


National Diversity Day & 6th signing session of the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg, 12 May

On 12 May 2016, Luxembourg will celebrate its second national Diversity Day.bandeau_en
On this day the Committee for the Diversity Charter Lëtzebuerg will also celebrate the 6th signing session of the Charter.
The 157 signatories of the Charter will be joined by several new signatories that wish to commit officially to the promotion and management of diversity in the workplace.

The official signing session will be followed by a keynote speech by Nava Hinrichs, Managing Director of THP, on the Business Case on Migration: What is in there for businesses to integrate migrants and refugees in particular into the labour market? What role can a company play in the current context?

For more information see: http://www.chartediversite.lu/en/conferences/official-signing-ceremony

IAVE Forum on Corporate Volunteering: Response to the Refugee Challenge, 19 May, Berlin

IAVE-1Nava Hinrichs, Managing Director of THP, will speak at the upcoming Forum on Corporate Volunteering, organised by the International Association for Volunteer Effort, on 19 May in Berlin. The theme of the Forum will be the Response to the Refugee Challenge.

The purpose of the Forum is to understand the refugee crisis in Europe, learn how the private sector is currently responding through their employee volunteer programmes, and discuss what companies could do individually or collaboratively to respond to the situation. The goal is to inspire new approaches, initiatives, partnerships and action on the refugee crisis.

For more information and the event agenda see: https://www.iave.org/iaveforum2016/ 

European Migration Forum, 6-7 April, Brussels

THP recently took part in The European Migration Forum which met for the second time on 6 and 7 April 2016 at the EESC’s headquarters. The Forum, organised by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee is a platform for dialogue between civil society and the European institutions on issues relating to migration, asylum and the integration of third-country nationals.

Following on from the subject discussed at the first meeting (the management of mixed flows of migrants across the Mediterranean), the Forum now focused on a long term approach to sustainable labour migration and successful integration.

On the second day of the event Kim Atkinson, Communications Officer at THP, hosted a workshop on the role of the private sector in migration and integration. The defining sentiment from the workshop was that involving and engaging the private sector is essential to create a win-win situation in migration and integration.

More information from the European Migration Forum, including the event agenda, background paper and list of participants is available on the EESC website.

Also available online are the opening speech by Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the European Commission in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship and the speech by the EESC president, Georges Dassis.



The Return on Investment on Migration: What is in it for Business?


DATE: February 2016

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Migration is no longer an issue solely for the attention of governments; it is a topic that also directly concerns businesses. Businesses are in a position to influence positive change and improve the legal frameworks protecting migrant workers and migrant engagement can directly benefit company performance.

This study blazes a trail by answering to the call from businesses to demonstrate the costs and benefits, as well as the potential ROI for migration. The results of this innovative study provide a tool for businesses to apply in their consideration of direct involvement with the topic of migration, including those that do not have a history in addressing it.

The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP), together with the Turkish Chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) 2014-2015, designed the current study called: “The Return on Investment on Migration: What is in it for Business?’. This study contributes to bridging the gap between businesses and migration and builds on THP’s previous experience in addressing private sector involvement in the migration issue.

The main aim of this study is to determine a return on investment (ROI) for businesses on migration, including specific effects on different areas of business activity. This calculation is done by capturing the perceived benefits and costs for businesses related to migration (recruitment and retention, government engagement, product and service innovation, market expansion, corporate social responsibility and job creation). ROI is an economic metric that compares the benefits and the costs of an investment.

THP worked in collaboration with a multidisciplinary expert Steering Group to apply the methodological framework. Companies interviewed were based in eight countries: Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States. The sample included large companies as well as SMEs.

Study Highlights

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The Ditchley Foundation Conference, 18-20 Feb

Europe and migration: how can the flows be managed?

On 18-20 February 2016, Nava Hinrichs, Managing Director of THP, attended the second Ditchley Foundation conference of 2016, which focused on the topic of Europe and migration: how can the flows be managed?

A diverse group of participants from a range of backgrounds came together at this conference for an intense two days of discussion and debate.

The final conference report is now available for download.

Global migration: from crisis to opportunity, ODI event, 10 Feb

On 10 February THP took part in an event titled “Global migration: from crisis to opportunity” which was hosted by The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London.

This event with Peter Sutherland, United Nations Special Representative for International Migration, dealt with some key questions like: What would an effective global approach to migration look like? How can we respond to the aspirations of those residing in poor and conflict-affected areas? And how can the movement of people be recognised as an opportunity rather than a threat that needs to be contained and curtailed?