The idea of teaching and upskilling started already in 2006, when KHRS ApS together with Gribskov Municipality and the Ministry of Integration developed a special teaching model better known as “Gribskov Model Point 44”. At that time, the model targeted a specific group of women without formal qualifications and schooling, from non-Western countries. The women were on long-term cash benefits and without the prerequisites to enter the Danish labour market. The women had greater linguistic, health and social constraints to be able to enter the labour market.
Through a scoring system developed for the project, participants were taught, tested and measured against KHRS standards and expectations. During a 12-week programme, participants were taught and trained in 44 hotel cleaning job functions using special visual training materials and in-house bilingual mentors. Participants were tested and scored for each job function they could perform routinely. On achieving 44 points and subsequently completing 4 weeks of work experience, regular employment was guaranteed. Evaluation of the project showed a high employment impact, with 6 out of 10 women finding work. Of the remaining 4 who had not found work through the project, 2 were on long-term sick leave and 2 went on maternity leave. The overall employment impact was thus 60%. The project provided a basis for further similar programmes with other municipalities in the region.
Today, various municipalities in Denmark are working with the Sector Package Model, which is used for upskilling and labour market integration of unskilled refugees, family reunification migrants and long-term unemployed people with non-Western backgrounds. The Sector Package Model, developed by the analysis and consultancy firm “LG Insight”, is based directly on tested methods and results achieved in the “Point 44” project.