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LICK - Capacity Building in Migration & Employability 3.1

The training activity took place
in York, England
organised by Wild Cherry Training & Education
29th September to 5th October 2013

Aims & objectives


The aim was to increase the capacity of organisations in both EU and non EU countries working in the field of migration employability using a combination of language learning and the exploration of this hot topic.


we helped to increase the capacity and potential of organisations and individuals by dismantling and removing barriers to communication, thereby helping them to realise their developmental goals

we thoroughly explore the topic, interlaced with language learning, using the latest non-formal methods to be found at the finger tips of the multi-skilled training team, embracing the theme with great relevance

we provided the participants with the opportunity to access and utilise the valuable skills and expertise of a team who are crucially not only highly trained European trainers, but equally qualified to a highest level in teaching English as a foreign language/ESOL. The team comprised trainers both native and non-native speakers thus giving expertise from many angles to respond to the many needs of the participants

we gave clarity to the topic of immigration and employment in a European context using learner-centred methodology, thereby avoiding ambiguity and misconceptions based on cultural and language differences which the training team have the ability to recognise in every way

we consistently supported the participants enabling them to maximise the potential of the learning that has taken place in both the topic content and the language elements

we provided the opportunity for participants, from a wide range of languages and cultures, with a unique peer learning moment in time

we scaffolded a quality learning process which strengthened the confidence and resolve of the participants to work on a European level in their chosen topic, creating new and improved projects; a tangible measurable outcome for all stakeholders

we provided a safe space for the learning to take place and yet ensured that it also challenged the individual to be the best that they could be, leaving them with the 'can do' feeling at the end of the training course

we provided a programme that was rich in content, not only in terms of topic, but also the quality of the integrated language, one that was highly interactive incorporating all learning styles - audio, visual and kinesthetic and the 8 multiple intelligences (spatial, linguistic, logical mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalistic) wherever possible.

we created a relevant learning journey that had a logical thread running through it with a clear and transparent map for the participants to follow

we cultivated an atmosphere with the participants that was entirely professional and yet allowed us to be authentically who we are as people, as well as European trainers

we delivered a refreshing and energising training course with integrity and transparency

we empowered the participants to go out into their communities and make a real difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

We trained youth workers from the UK, Bulgaria, Poland, Spain, Romania, Armenia, Italy, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo and Moldova. Additionally because of the migrant aspect of the training it meant that we also had people from Kenya, Somalia and other parts of the world.

Training methods used & main activities

During the week we had a cornucopia of different methods to inspire and motivate the participants coupled with a delivery style from out team which enabled them to reach out immediately to even the most reticent of participants and support them on their learning journey. The innovative and relevant energisers kicked off every session and they were always linked to the next activity. The team was complemented on this and also on the flow of the team and how well we worked together with no ‘joins’ visible. We prefer to call it ‘thinking on our feet!’ Russian Roulette, Open Space. our Migrant Mission task in the city where participants had the opportunity to speak to the community at large and New Moscow Express were some of the kinds of activities that took place.

Outcomes of the activity

Each of the 26 participants took home a 'toolkit' of ideas, inspiration and new methods to work with. The written evaluations are testimony to the success of the week. You can see the blog on our website here:

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was trainer, facilitator and host.

I worked on this training for 7 Days days as a full time trainer.

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