In September 2023, five experts from the Department of Working Life of the Borås Municipality (Sweden) participated in a job shadowing in Stuttgart (Baden-Württemberg). The exchange, funded by the Erasmus+ Mobility grant, aimed at learning from German guidance services work with persons with disadvantages.
The exchange idea was born out of Borås Municipality’s colleague’s willingness to get to know the German guidance system, as both countries are facing similar labour market challenges. Moreover, both are members of the EARLALL network, which offers a trustful platform to build mobility exchanges and partnerships between its members and associate members. Another good example of this cooperation is the Erasmus+ project NEETs for NEETs – Co-creating Social Sustainability, in which EARLALL, Borås Municipality and Baden-Württemberg are participating and which will hold its final conference on 29.11 in Brussels.
Learning from the Baden-Württemberg Guidance Department services
The colleagues from Borås aimed to learn and compare examples from Germany on what sort of services are available for persons who have difficulty finding employment due to different sorts of disadvantages. Borås Municipality Department of Working Life provides guidance, skills, and services for people with all kinds of backgrounds such as new immigrants in need of orientation or perhaps lacking certain skills for working life, youth not having a completed education or employment background, persons suffering from mental health issues, post-addiction life or post-incarceration. Therefore, they were curious to learn about how it works in Stuttgart with work placements within companies or other entities that are not necessarily municipal.
The job shadowing participants shared their main learning lessons from the exchange:
Nicholas Waller, one of the participants in the exchange, described the experience as
“Refreshing and inspiring. It created perhaps even more curiosity and a desire to continue looking for partnerships to strengthen the way we work at home and how we can perhaps work together.”
EARLALL facilitates mobility and internationalisation across the EARLALL network and outreach
This exchange takes place in the framework of the EARLALL network and it follows the strategic priority 2 to facilitate mobility and internationalisation across the EARLALL network and outreach (see here). EARLALL aims to empower its members to become more inclusive and international, through increased
exchange among the membership, work to recognise lifelong learning and qualifications obtained
in each region and increased efforts to boost the attractiveness of their lifelong learning structures
to other regions.
The municipality of Borås would like to receive Baden-Württemberg colleagues in the future for a visit.