First Professional Experience Shelter

3 September 2019

First Professional Experience Shelter

The pilot training “First Professional Experience Shelter” of Pinardi in the European project LIME.

Pinardi, partner of project LIME (Labour Integration for Migrants Employment) funded by the European Commission, has led a pilot training called “First Professional Experience Shelter”. It is an adaptation, aimed at young applicants for International Protection, of the experience accumulated by Pinardi in the last 5 years through the pioneering and innovative project on labour insertion “First Professional Experience” which has already achieved that 425 unemployed young people, until now, to enter the professional world.

From mid-June to 31 July 2019, 7 young migrants seeking international protection have participated in this intensive training process, which is developed jointly between Pinardi and the Guarani Association. At the same time, in the afternoons, the young people received classes to improve their technical vocabulary specialized in cooking, workshops on Spanish culture and notions on the situation of the labour market in Spain (types of employment contracts, what is social security, etc.). The 7 young people carried out catering services for events organized in the Santiago el Mayor Inspectorate, in Madrid up to two times.

The objectives of the pilot experience, “First Professional Experience Shelter” are to motivate young applicants for international protection towards the regular labour market and to build and favour their professional identity or their vocation to integrate into society. The result has been very positive and, from Pinardi, an individualized monitoring and mentoring process is being carried out to be able to know the needs of each participant and guide them towards their future in the work environment.

Soon the second pilot group will start in Spain and Italy with the aim of elaborating a joint methodology, with an innovative, integrating and very participative approach so that young migrants and refugees from 18 to 29 years of age manage to access the labour market with the same opportunities as young people of their age.


LIME, a two-year project, is made up of 7 Italian, French and Spanish partners: Pinardi, Guarani Association, CIES (Centre for Information and Education for Italian Development), CNOSFAP, (Federation of Salesian Vocational Training Centres in Italy), Confcooperative (Confederation of Italian Cooperatives), ALDA (European Association for Local Democracy) and the LUMSA University of Italy. Together they will create a joint methodology resulting from the pilot experiences being carried out in Madrid and Rome to promote the integration of young migrants into the labour market.