EUMentorSTEM aims at supporting the employ ability of migrant women with a STEM background (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), either as employee or as entrepreneurs. This objective will be pursued by the Consortium through the development and testing of innovative and self-tailored Mentoring & Coaching (M&C) learning and training materials targeting both migrant women and the professionals interacting with this highly specific group of beneficiaries. Training and learning materials will be available on a virtual hub hosted in the project website www.eumentorstem.eu
Up to now, support to migrant women in European societies has focused mainly on their basic needs. Few initiatives are specifically designed to support migrant women with a STEM background, who can face not only a double discrimination operating at the intersection of gender and ethnicity in the access to STEM professions (Grigoleit-Richter 2017), but also deskilling more broadly in the process of labor market inclusion in receiving country. Little is known, though, on this highly heterogeneous category who can include so called transnational élites and middling migrants , but forced migrants (asylum seekers and refugees) and economic migrants as well.
In order to develop and adapt existing training and learning materials to the project’s targets’ real needs in the different countries of the Consortium (Italy, United Kingdom, Greece, Sweden and Hungary), partners – under the University of Bologna (UNIBO)’s coordination – carried out a Diagnostic Assessment – also known as pre-assessment – aimed at:
- outlining the background situation in each partner country;
- identifying structural and individual barriers preventing migrant women in STEM from becoming active in the labour market;
- collecting information on the available training and support opportunities and initiatives for migrant women in STEM, and on the M&C tools available to career advisor and educators in each partner country;
- better understanding the (potentially fluctuating) needs of both target groups so that the training and learning methodology can be adapted appropriately.
The present report describes the methodology underpinning the Diagnostic Assessment and some of the results of both the Environmental and the Qualitative Needs Assessment carried out by the Consortium. A synthesis of the main points emerging from the qualitative research is provided in the following pages, while more details are available in the Country-level Reports elaborated by the each partner.