WORKEEN - A Game for EU Labour

Stakeholder: SolidarityNow
Type of stakeholder: Non Governmental Organizations

Service last updated on 14-10-2022

General Information

Population Groups
Refugee / immigrant population
  • General population
Services Categories
Days / Hours of service
  • 24/7
Supported languages
GREEK FRENCH

Description

A new app called WORKEEN has come to help immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees access the job market.

WORKEEN is a “serious game app”, created by a team of political scientists, sociologists, economists and software engineers based in seven European countries and Canada, to provide hands-on guidance and hands-on training for anyone entering the job market for the first time time. The app draws from research carried out in the Horizon 2020 SIRIUS research program ‘Skills and integration of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in European labor markets’ and is one of the first of its kind to offer interactive ‘learning’ that helps newly arrived migrants, jobseekers and EU citizens who are new entrants to the labor market to get and start work effectively in their new country.

The app guides job seekers through the two stages of job search and workplace integration. It provides extensive information on how to adapt to new or unfamiliar work and social environments and provides interactive game scenarios to help users develop the skills they need to be successful.

Stage 1) What you need to know and do to get a job offer

The first stage of WORKEEN helps the immigrant, asylum seeker or refugee to follow all the necessary steps to secure a job offer. The app provides a checklist to help the user identify the documents they will need in their job searches, such as their identity documents, language certificates, proof of previous employment or education, and work permits. The user is then guided on how to present their skills and past experience through the creation of an online profile relevant to the new work and social environment they are entering. WORKEEN guides users through the final stage of their job search, providing information on how to contact a placement agency, write a cover letter and resume, and prepare for a job interview.

Stage 2) How to succeed in your new role

Once the first stage is successfully completed, the job seeker can explore WORKEEN’s interactive activities to help them prepare to enter a new workplace. Stage 2 is designed to help new employees familiarize themselves with their new country or position to avoid unpleasant tensions. It also informs them of their rights and prepares them to deal with potential exploitation and abuse. Apps like WORKEEN provide participants with training on topics such as workplace etiquette, gender issues, daily habits, communication issues, dress code, as well as work standards and regulations. WORKEEN creates scenarios to help users navigate difficult situations, from simple miscommunication in everyday meetings with colleagues or supervisors to dealing with bullying or abusive behavior in the workplace or rights violations.

Participation/referral information

The WORKEEN app is available for free on the Google Play Store for Android devices. It can be used in individual or collective training sessions organized by employment agencies, migrant organizations and other stakeholders. Of course, it can be downloaded directly by migrants, refugees and asylum seekers or anyone who wants to develop their skills to gain employment. The app is available in English, Arabic, Farsi, and six different European languages ​​(Czech, Danish, Finnish, French, Greek, and Italian).

SIRIUS, is an EU-funded project that started in January 2018 and will last for three years. It consists of 11 partners from 7 countries and is based on a multi-dimensional conceptual framework in which host country or political-institutional, social and individual conditions act as either enablers or barriers for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. integration through the labor market.


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