The target group of the project is long-term unemployed adults with severe disability status or people who, due to health restrictions, can no longer and are no longer allowed to perform their previous field of activity. This is a group of approximately 90 people. The participants will spend six weeks in the Netherlands in the province of Overijssel with the support of the participating partner (Work ID, Deventer) living, learning and working independently in activities that fit their needs. Work ID operates in the provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland in the east of the Netherlands. Work ID is specialized in consulting companies and employees. The aim of the work is to promote job satisfaction and identity with work. Offerings are: Outplacement counseling, crisis counseling and intervention, training, mentoring, communication techniques, team building workshops and individual coaching.
The goal of the internship abroad is to increase the employment opportunities of the target group by promoting transnational exchange and mobility, broadening professional knowledge and gaining job experience in the EU
abroad. Participants will have on-site contacts throughout the period. Each of the planned six groups of participants will be prepared for the stay for three months in Germany, with the aim of active participation and design by the participants. During the preparation period, an introductory week takes place in the host country to get to know internship companies that have already been acquired, to establish internship relationships, to carry out trial work days, to undertake joint excursions, to intensify team building and to experience the habits, everyday life and way of life in the host country. The trial week is supervised by employees of AWO Unterbezirk EN in close cooperation with the support staff of the exchange partner. Contents and goals are discussed with the potential internship companies in advance. The social and professional knowledge of the individual participant as well as the requirements of the company are taken into account in the acquisition of the internship position in order to ensure that the placement is a perfect fit. Regular reflection meetings take place weekly with the contents: mutual exchange, mutual learning, joint planning of cultural events. After the internship abroad, each group of participants prepares a final documentation, which is presented to the following groups and made available to all partners. During the whole project phase an exchange of experiences and knowledge between the participants, the transnational and German partners takes place under the questions: Have the hoped-for results related to the participants occurred? Have their chances of integration increased? What do the labor market systems for severely disabled people look like in the host country? What support options are there for the target group in the Netherlands and in Germany? How did the companies in the Netherlands experience the participants? What do the German companies say where participants have found a workplace? Does it make sense to include exchange opportunities in labor market programs in education and training? Three expert exchanges will also take place during the grant period at the level of the participating partners, AWO Unterbezirk EN, Jobcenter EN, the Federal Employment Agency Hagen and WorkID Netherlands. Here, further approaches for the process of integration into regular work of severely disabled adults and adults of equal status are to be jointly developed. To this end, expert conferences and job shadowing sessions will be held, which can also be used to win over or involve other partners for the project who are involved in the integration process of the participants (for example, agents in the regional economy). The exchange of experts is intended to build up a network and ensure sustainable assurance of the project results.
Source: Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Homepage IdA - Integration through Exchange, http://www.ida.de
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