Started in 2021, the Talenti Latenti project aims to exchange best practices, conduct research and carry out testing to certify the competences of neurodivergent people. This project is funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme.
Talenti Latenti focuses on the specific characteristics and competences of autistic people, as well as other neurodivergent people in order to support their inclusion in the labour market. These communities may be excluded from professional activities, thus having to rely on their families and public assistance. The project will develop useful criteria, methodologies and tools to promote an innovative model of job services aimed at social operators, employment agencies as well as public and private companies.
The project’s European partnership will tackle the challenge of conceiving adequate tools and procedures to certify the skills of neurodivergent people. Such measure should enable them to actively participate in social life, as well as broadening their job opportunities.
The expected outcomes of this project are far-ranging: public institutions involved in social and employment services will be able to deploy recruitment strategies in compliance with existing laws, companies will be able to hire candidates with certified skills and neurodivergent people will have access to a more independent life.
Skills validation is the proposed solution for professional training, job placement and HR management. The main activities of Talent Latenti are:
- Compared analysis of European systems and skills validation services.
- Modelisation of tools for competences certifications aimed at neurodivergent people. (2.1 Testing of procedures and assessments in Italy, Spain and France. 2.2 Training for operators. 2.3 Frameworks of cognitive non cognitive competences, evaluation assessments).
- Online platform with taxonomy, ontology and design to promote, evaluate and register certificates in public databases.
- Dissemination with parent training activities, seminars, meetings aimed at associations, families and stakeholders.
Seven partner organisations, from different cultural and working backgrounds, have come together to develop and implement Talenti Latenti: Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati – SISSA, CEQF and Neuropeculiar APS from Italy; Universidad De Huelva and Confederacion Plena Inclusion from Spain; Institut Régional d’Insertion Professionnelle et Sociale (Irips) from France; and Autism-Europe from Belgium.
More about the Erasmus+ Programme
Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. It has an estimated budget of €26.2 billion. The 2021-2027 programme places a strong focus on social inclusion, the green and digital transitions, and promoting young people’s participation in democratic life.