In times of globalisation and increasing immigration, sustainable mobility and access to different transport modes is a precondition for finding work, feeling socially included and successfully integrating into a new society. This growing importance of social equity and equal access to transport systems is a driving force for the TOGETHER consortium to develop new, but necessary support for immigrants.
TOGETHER on the Move offered energy efficient transport training for immigrants and develops teaching and training materials for sustainable mobility like walking, cycling, public transport and greener car use. Furthermore, opinion leaders from immigrant institutions and associations were encouraged and trained to implement the issue of mobility in their formal and non-formal integration courses and activities. These project activities sought to enhance the quality of life of immigrants, to facilitate social inclusion as well as conserving essential energy resources for future generations.
TOGETHER on the Move offered more than raising awareness of the applied target groups. It developed and applied existing knowledge in a way that motivates, facilitates and reinforces rational and responsible mobility behaviour.
In concrete, TOGETHER on the move:
- Developed, adapted and implemented energy efficient transport modules for immigrants and accompanying didactical tools for teachers of adult education.
- Established successful mobility training in formal and non-formal adult education.
- Generated a broader awareness raising and learning process through widely disseminated learning materials targeting additional immigrants.
- Set out to change attitude towards and to increase use of more sustainable modes.
- Raised awareness on energy efficient mobility behaviour and its impact on integration and social inclusion to a wide and diverse target group, stakeholders and key actors.
- Exchanged experiences and good practices between countries and formulates policy recommendations.
A changing society demands new measures adapted to the demographic developments of each individual country. TOGETHER on the Move implemented soft measures in order to support migrants and all stakeholders in being able to develop sustainable mobility behaviour. Therefore, the following target groups were included in the process:
- Immigrants, who participate in formal or non-formal adult education as part of their integration in their new country.
- Immigrant support groups and related associations on local, national and international level to ensure good communication with existing immigrant networks.
- Teachers and trainers who work with immigrants in formal and non-formal adult education institutions.
- Local, regional and national authorities and interested stakeholder groups, e. g. immigration and integration offices, transport and mobility departments as well as the adult education sector.
- Transport operators as important key actors alongside the government.
Three partners have delivered training; FGM AMOR, JMP Consultants Ltd and Mobiel21. Collectively, these partners delivered formal training to 145 participants and non-formal training to 217. This is equivalent to approximately 104 sessions and a total of 489 hours of training. FGM-AMOR has implemented all modules with a focus on the safe cycling module. They have so far reached 26 participants through formal channels and 121 participants through informal channels.
This equals to roughly 44 sessions totalling 91 hours. Two groups were evaluated. JMP implemented the modules within 2 colleges in two parts of the UK, Peterborough and Goole. So far, in the UK only formal training has been implemented and between two colleges, a total of 119 migrants have been reached with approximately 44 hours of training between them.
All modules have been covered. However, due to the formal system for practical sessions, no specific site visits/practical sessions have taken place. Cycle training has been offered through the local authorities and other practical elements have been set as homework.