KEYROMA – Develop key competences in social skills for Roma women to increase their participation in the service sector

The main aim of the KEYROMA project was to address a very common problem among Roma women, namely their lack of integration in the labour market as a consequence of poor education. Partners found ways to tackle this widespread problem by motivating, encouraging and enabling them to participate in learning.

The main objectives of the project were to:

• improve Roma women’s socio-economic integration through adult education;

• contribute to the improvement of the quality of adult learning by providing tailored information applicable to a very specific target group;

• increase Roma women’s participation in learning, as well as their chances on the labour market;

• establish a direct dialogue with the target group and at promoting social cohesion, active citizenship and personal fulfillment of the participating women.

The main results of the project were:

• Development of a methodology for the evaluation/assessment of competences and for taking interviews from service sector employers

• A Survey on Roma women state of the art on their abilities and social skills

• A Handbook on service sector labour market requirements concerning social and communication competences

• Case-studies (examples of good practice concerning the results of the learning modules)

• A Final Learning Module

The main beneficiaries of this project were:

• Roma women;

• Associations, organisations and other entities working with Roma people;

• VET providers, teaching staff and non-teaching staff, local organisations, associations, public authorities and NGOs sensible to the subject of Roma social and economic inclusion and access to education;

• Employers of service sector;

• Organisations working with disadvantaged groups (immigrants, people with disabilities, etc.) who want to adapt the KEYROMA methodology in their internal processes.

Country/partner countries

Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Bulgaria, Belgium

Project duration:

January 2012-January 2014.