International House North Denmark helps to overcome challenges related to the labor shortage in the region by implementing the following programs. These projects help the international community network, find a job and integrating in the North Denmark region.
The Global Growth Agents program is an initiative that aims its focus towards linking the international students residing in the region.
International House North Denmark (IHND) Secretariat offers international students from Aalborg University and University College of Northern Denmark to be part of a programme, where they will to attend the Language Center’s Danish course, as well as attend a series of Danish related working & culture courses while studying. IHND Secretariat has the responsibility to find these students an internship or a study job. The project foresees the establishment of three groups of 28 Global Growth Agents over the course of three years.
In this project, IHND Secretariat has an executive role in relation the contact with the students, the program’s communication, and in relation to finding or allocating students’ internships or student jobs. We know that several companies in Northern Denmark, demand specialized labor , and labor to support business activities abroad . Unfortunately, many of the international students leave Denmark when their studies end. Therefore, we at the International House North Denmark make an extra effort to get international students linked up with the North Danish labor market.
The Expat host program is an initiative developed towards new expats in the region.
For many people coming to Aalborg and region North Denmark, it can be a challenge to get to know the local community and establish a network that would lead to better knowledge about specific interests and career opportunities. IHND Secretariat and IUVENIS have developed a program where newcomers can meet local volunteers that will help them establish links, develop friendships and get knowledge to overcome those obstacles.
This program gives expats the possibility to choose between a career host and a cultural host. While career hosts focuses on career mentoring, job opportunities and Danish labor market, the cultural host will introduce expats to cultural life, local activities and give them a chance to make new friends and acquaintances.
Spouse Space is an initiative oriented towards expats’ spouses and/or accompanying families.
Spouse Spaceis characterized by its monthly meetings, where the participants decide the topic of the meetings. The meetings are organized in to halves, where the first part has a social and networking purpose, and the other half focuses on specific topics like job, networking, volunteer work, entrepreneurship etc. The secretariat of IHND goal is to:
- create relationships between spouses and companies
- to enhance spouses’ professional skills
- brand and give visibility to the project for both spouses and businesses with the goal to retain and attract new workforce
- introduce spouses to networking and help each other with their daily challenges
Additionally, they also get introduced to the many organizations and volunteer in the region.
The IHND Secretariat cooperate with the other partners in the house – namely Work in Denmark and Job Center, to offer spouses a number of jobs searching courses, CV and applications’ enhancement techniques. IHND Secretariat has an executive role in the program by arranging networking meetings, allocating mentors and potentially finding internships.
The Global Outlook Strategy Program (GOSP) program is developed with the purpose of educating North Danish companies in thinking more globally, seeing the possibilities within globalization and in addition, to make them better suited to operate and compete globally.
GOSP focuses on teaching companies from North Denmark to think globally and to see global growth opportunities both in regards to the international qualified workforce in North Denmark and abroad, but also in regards to exporting opportunities abroad. INHDS Secretariat is responsible for GOSP initiatives such as courses within the topics of attracting and retaining international qualified workers, globalization and global mindset, diversity management and exporting. International House North Denmark has a coordinating role in finding participating company owners through its network and also while maintaining its respective marketing. The project partners assemble the team of speakers for the different courses and help setting up the seminars.
I have been attending the Spouse Space meet since its beginning. I believe this project to be very innovative in the sense, it provides a platform for international spouses to meet, interact and network. The staff at IHND also takes great care to make everybody feel at home and make the meetings participatory. I always look forward to this monthly meeting and appreciate the agenda-based structure. We know the theme beforehand and can thus prepared a bit too. I've gotte to know people from other backgrounds through this group and it helps a lot regarding networking. Another big help, I believe, is that the meetings are very informal and provides a lot of freedom to participants. Members are welcome to come with their children too, which is very helpful. Job searching takes its own time, but this group keeps the motivation alive.- Samapika Pati
I have been in Denmark for one year now, as I moved to Aalborg to join my husband who is working at a Danish company. I am educated as a computer engineer, but when I came to Aalborg I had to switch gears both in terms of my personal and professional life. It was difficult to get a foothold here when you don't have any friends. International House North Denmark's Spouse Space is this amazing place where I don't feel alone, a place where I see other people just like me trying to find their way. I also get to meet people who found their way and are coming back to lend a helping hand. Everyone working there have a zest for life and are always looking for ways to make the atmosphere "hyggelig". It's a place where people pull out all the stops to help the spouses who are new to Denmark.- Bhavani Jalkrish