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Integration through Qualification (IQ)

Since 2005, the Network “Integration through Qualification (IQ)” has been working on improving the sustainable and qualified integration into the labour market of people with a migration background. One key target group involves both adults with a migration background living in Germany and newly arrived migrants regardless of residency status (e.g. refugees).

Detailed information about Network IQ is available here.

Vocational integration is most successful when stakeholders in the labour market come together and cooperate with a common goal. The IQ Regional Networks therefore work together closely with the relevant local stakeholders. These include, for example, employment agencies, job centres, Chambers and counselling centres. In the 2015 to 2018 funding phase, the 16 IQ Regional Networks (see network structure below), with approximately 400 subprojects covering all federal states, are focusing on three priority areas:

Counselling on recognition and job training

Recognising the foreign professional qualifications of employees increases their chances of finding a job in Germany. The aim of Network IQ's counselling on recognition and job training is sustained integration in the German labour market appropriate to one’s level of qualification. Under this priority area, individuals with professional qualifications acquired abroad receive support from a network of experienced and competent IQ counselling centres. Those seeking assistance are supported as they make their way through the recognition procedure, the adaption training or compensation measures, and, in individual cases, in securing employment appropriate for their qualification.

Key information from Network IQ about professional recognition for refugees is available here in five languages (German, English, Arabic, Dari, and Tigrinya).

Job training schemes in the context of the Recognition Act

The projects under this priority area focus on adaption training and second chance qualifications in order to support the recognition of foreign professional qualifications. For full equivalence, necessary qualifications can be compensated for as part of a job training scheme following certification of “partial equivalence” or “rejection of equivalence”.

Job training provision within Network IQ as well as other provision for migrants is available here.

Development of intercultural competence and other provision

The main focus of the third Network IQ priority area is to establish and develop intercultural competence. This involves direct and close collaboration with job centres, employment agencies, municipal administrations as well as small-and-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and their associations. This collaborative work is focused particularly on identifying cultural barriers, taking practical and sustainable measures to reduce these, initiating intercultural dialogue, and reducing discrimination.

The structure of the Network IQ

The main task of the 16 IQ Regional Networks is the implementation of the support programme. Besides the regional networks, there are five IQ Competence Centres working on migrant-specific issues at a national level. They are responsible for providing expert advice and support to the regional networks. The support programme is organised at national level via the IQ Dissemination Project (IQ DP).

Detailed information about the structure and the respective stakeholders in the network is available here.

The Network “Integration through Qualification (IQ) is a programme funded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) and the European Social Fund (ESF). Strategic partners in implementing the programme are the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Employment Agency (BA).