Project description

The ISLAH Project

Instruments at Support of Labor Market and Higher Education

The project, moving from a long lasting cooperation between the applicant and the European and Moroccan partners, and from the existing strong synergies, aims at supporting the structural reform processes in place in the partner countries in line with TEMPUS program goals. These reforms embrace two strictly interconnected aspects related to graduates employability:

  1. the monitoring of graduates features and labour market trajectories;
  2. the enhancement of high qualified human resources (HR) supply on local, national and international labour markets according to employers skill needs.

Actions will be deployed at national level with the set up of national observatories for job insertion and employability and at university level with the parallel promotion of a unifying model for local careers observatories upgrading. On the regional level project achievements will enable the provision of harmonized documentary bases of same phenomena in 5 different Mediterranean countries (Morocco, Tunisia, Spain, France, Italy) including relevant issues like intra-regional mobility dynamics and migrations.

The process wants to enhance quality and relevance of higher education in the partner countries by the implementation of two national observatories for job insertion and employability (one in Morocco and one in Tunisia). The Observatories will be responsible for main monitoring activities of national/regional relevance to be carried out on yearly basis and having at the core the Maroc-Laurea graduates data collection system, already implemented for the 4 former GrinsA Project partners and now to be extended to the newcomers. Same system will be replicated in Tunisia and put at disposal of the National Observatory, after a thorough analysis of the local context and training of local staff.

Therefore, after system population start and technical set up, intensive data exploitation for monitoring purposes will start. The most important output will be the graduates’ job condition survey carried out one year on from graduates leaving date. For the first time Morocco and Tunisia will have a system for annual monitoring reports enabling them to track their graduates among their first professional experiences, university-to-work transition dynamics, professional mobility, employment conditions and perspectives.

In addition, the wide implementation of the graduates data collection tools will enable national observatories to get first hand information on graduates’ profile. The information, broken down according to single university, faculty, and degree course, compare graduates characteristics and performance in the light of a multitude of variables (i.e: parents’ education, social class background, study abroad, use of university facilities, internships, satisfaction, foreign languages, IT skills, work experiences during studies, further study intentions, characteristics of the preferred job). This Profile is a second concrete monitoring output of the project.

The establishment of the two above national Observatories will be accompanied by the valorization of all experiences arising from local observatories of labour market conditions and university-to-work guidance, extending them to the whole group of participating universities.

The partnership will implement knowledge transfer actions aimed to build up new local observatories and strengthen the existing ones using a network/partnership approach, having at the center, as reference point for the monitoring activities, the National Observatories (hub and spoke network).

Local observatories will act as guidance centers for career and training opportunities. They will collect job postings, analyze and disseminate information on graduates’ employability, provide new practices and service for a better match between training and employment including: wide use of web platform developed in the context of the project for recruitment services provision and directly linked with the national graduates database (among these: post of job and internships offer; monitoring of skill needs, search and selection of graduates to hire); guidance tools for internship and post graduate studies search.

The platform works as a job marketplace common to all universities. Local observatory will also promote the establishment of alumni associations for effective communications and relationship between the University, its alumni and the local community. Local observatories will also focus on the development of university-enterprise relationships in order to plan ad hoc enterprises’ skills needs surveys, benchmark companies required competences against the main vocational degrees learning outcomes implementing a new national degrees inventory, identify best practices of internship/stages an any other professional opportunity at local/national level, spread the culture of employment and self-entrepreneurship, designing the axes of new communication policies with the business world.

To this purpose the main Moroccan entrepreneurs organization will take part to project activity (CGEM liaising UTICA) and ONEQ in Tunisia.