In the canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the regional Integration Office and the Neuchâtel Chamber of Agriculture and Viticulture are working together on the AGRIV project. Since September this year, a group of refugees with previous agricultural experience has been following a 6-week training course that combines technical language lessons, professional training and short internships in farms spread around the canton.
In this way the refugees get to know local farmers, acquire the basics of farming in an entirely new context and gain the practical experience required to enter the labour market. At the end of the 6-week traineeship participants are registered in a jobs exchange managed by the Chamber of Agriculture and Viticulture. In this way local farmers are made aware that they can save a lot of paper work by hiring competent refugees locally instead of recruiting seasonal workers from abroad.