"Integration through Qualification (IQ)"

Regional Networks

Integration into the job market is successful when all labour market actors connect and work together. At the local level, the IQ regional networks cooperate closely with relevant actors, such as employment agencies, job centres, chambers or counselling centres. In the 2015-2018 funding phase, the sixteen regional networks and their about 380 subprojects in all federal states focus on three priority areas.

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.