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European Intercultural Workplace!

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Project 2004 IE/04/C/F/TH-81200

The European Intercultural Workplace Project (2004-2007) brings together partners in 10 European countries to investigate challenges posed by an increasingly intercultural work environment. Funded by the EU Leonardo da Vinci Programme II, the project is intended to highlight key issues for managers, employees and customers from host and immigrant cultures in public, private and education sectors. Although similar in some respects, workplaces across Europe often differ according to context, demography, geographical area, economic sector and intercultural issues.

Focusing on the experience of work in 10 countries across Europe, including Accession States, the aims of the project are to

  • Investigate workplaces in various sectors in each participating country
  • Compare the results across Europe
  • Make our results available to relevant constituencies

Our findings are particularly targeted at Employers/Manager, Employees and Clients. In addition, potential users of the project results include:

  • Policy Departments of National governments and local authorities
  • EU Department of Education, Trade, Justice
  • Trade Unions
  • Professional business organisations
  • Migrant Organisations
  • Training Organisations for the development of training curricula or modules
  • Schools
  • Higher Education Institutions & Centres of Further Education
  • International business consultants
  • Teacher trainers

The project is investigating workplace practices in the following key areas:

  • Education (primary, secondary, third level)
  • Public Sector (healthcare, security, transport)
  • Private Sector (SME's, multinationals, tourism/hospitality)

In each target group, the experiences of both those belonging to the host/majority culture and those belonging to immigrant/minority populations are examined, highlighting common and group specific issues.

There are three main strands to the project’s activities. The first part involves a survey and analysis of existing studies and the situation in each partner country. The second part involves conducting empirical case studies in those economic sectors most in need of attention in the individual partner countries, and providing a comparative analysis between sectors on a national and trans-national level across partner countries. The final strand is to produce a set of human resource development modules reflecting best practice and local needs, with the aim of informing and educating the workplace target groups and policy makers and supporting the future development of enhanced national training policies and initiatives across the European Union.

This project is being carried out with the support of the European Community in the framework of the Leonardo da Vinci 2 programme.

The content of this project does not necessarily reflect the position of the European Community or the National Agency,
nor does it involve any responsibility on their part.

2004-2007 European Intercultural Workplace project partnership.