The 4th and last Transnational Meeting of the Vocal in Need project has been hosted in the police department of Dresden (DE) by Hochschule der Sächsischen Polizei on the 12th of September 2019.

This transnational meeting was the occasion to pull the strings together and discuss minor open questions in all intellectual outputs as well as to go through the outcomes of the piloting phase to check what needs to be corrected in the online training modules and in the Mobile Assistant App.

After having discussed about the last administrative issues of the project, the last details for the organization of the final conference where arranged.

At last, partners have shared ideas for a follow-up of this project as well as for new collaborations for the next Erasmus+ deadline of next year.

From December 2018 to April 2019 the partnership conducted a survey in their own countries about the target group sector. Through these surveys with security staff and staff of agencies providing integration services, they were able to find out which challenges these target groups face when dealing with refugees / migrants and how they can overcome them.

Thanks to the data gathered, partners could transfer the information (linguistically and culturally) of all five modules into their own language and their own country context.

In total, 96 replies to the VIN survey have been received (80 % of the plan). According to the profile, the majority of respondents areteaching staff (28 people) and coaches/counsellors (15 people).

By the end of February 2018 a needs analysis had been carried out in the project partner countries. It aimed at understanding the training needs of security and agency staff in terms of intercultural and the linguistic/communication skills they would need to better interact with migrants /refugees. The results of this survey have been used to design an online training and an app for smartphones based on real-life scenarios where security staff feel their language and intercultural competences are not sufficient.

A total of 115 NGO/agencies staff (educators, trainers, coaches, vocational guidance and career counsellors, managers of training providers / services for migrants) and 79 security staff (police staff, border guards, guards at entrance points of refugee shelters ) were interviewed.