Integration through education

Pressalit and five other companies join forces as part of an integrational project, which combines integration and education to upgrade and educate industrial operators.

In collaboration with the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration, Pressalit and five other companies take part in the “IGU”-project. The project combines integration and education in order to meet the shortage of trained industrial operators. As part of the project, one refugee and one company employee complete the education as industrial operator, taking turns at going to school and working in the company.

Today, Omar, who has fled the Syrian civil war, and Pressalit employee Ulf have their first day in the project, and from October 22nd, Helen, who has come to Denmark from Eritrea, and Torben will take part in the project as well. To Helen, the project represents a unique opportunity: “It is a chance of getting a job. Now, I will be able to provide for myself and my family, as well as being a role model to my children”, Helen says.

CSR is good business

Pressalit has been involved in the integration project since 2016 as part of our social responsibility profile. The project naturally aligns with Pressalit’s focus on UN development goal 4 concerning quality education. However, the project is not just a CSR initiative; it is also a win-win situation for both refugees and companies

“At Pressalit, we believe that responsibility and performance goes hand in hand. Therefore, it is only natural to us to take part in a collaboration, which fundamentally works with recruitment, development of competencies and integration”, says Dan Boyter.

Global problems, local solutions

The “IGU”-project idea springs from midtVask’s experiences of raising the educational level of employees in their production. According to Pernille Lundvang, the CEO of midtVask, the project represents a business model where the education of production employees benefits both the individual, the company, and society.

In the wake of the international refugee and migration crisis, the Danish model has also caught the interest of international organizations like the UN Refugee Agency and OECD, as it proposes a local solution to a global challenge.