Integration into the job market is successful when all labour market actors connect and work together. The Network “Integration through Qualification (IQ)” works to improve employment opportunities for people with a migration background. One central objective is to ensure that professional qualifications acquired outside Germany more frequently lead to employment appropriate to one’s level of education, regardless of residence status. In the 2019-2022 funding round, provision for professional recognition will be significantly expanded. More than 70 advice centres for credential recognition and job training as well as nearly 170 projects supporting training in the context of the Recognition Act have been launched across the country. In addition, the priority area “Regional skilled worker networks - immigration” has been added to the programme.
Priority Area 1: Counselling on Credential Recognition and Job Training
The counselling infrastructure on the recognition of foreign qualifications established by the Network IQ in support of the Recognition Act of 2012 has been be extended to include counselling on job training. Advice-seeking migrants will receive competent advice on bridge training and compensatory measures for attaining full recognition and for securing employment that is appropriate to one’s professional qualifications.
Priority Area 2: Bridge Training within the Context of the Recognition Act
The second priority area involves the design and implementation of training schemes for persons with foreign professional credentials. This includes, for example, bridge training for regulated professions in medicine and education to fill knowledge gaps or build the necessary language proficiency. Moreover, people holding foreign university degrees are offered special courses to enhance their professional, methodological or language skills as a bridge to employment. These training options will clear the way to full recognition of existing professional credentials and adequate integration into the labour market.
Priority Area 3: Development of Intercultural Competence
The third priority area is the development of intercultural competence among labour market stakeholders. The primary target groups are job centres, employment agencies and local governments, as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The goals are to raise awareness about migrant-specific issues, to initiate sustainable intercultural opening processes and to eliminate discrimination within organisations.
Priority Area 4: Regional skilled worker networks – immigration
As of 2019, the fourth priority area “Regional skilled worker networks – immigration” will involve the funding of regional structures to support the labour market integration of recent immigrants who are skilled workers. To support this, networking with the stakeholders involved is to be established or expanded. Provision of information and advice for companies and skilled workers is to be more closely interlinked. Furthermore, existing skilled worker networks will be supported by IQ stakeholders with expertise specific to the target group concerned.