The mission of the funding programme IQ – Integration through Qualification
In 2022, about 20.2 million people with an immigration history lived in Germany*. This means that new immigration to Germany will continue to increase. Many of the immigrants bring with them qualifications, vocational training or acquired professional skills.
The funding programme IQ – Integration through Qualification aims to sustainably improve the labour market integration of adults of foreign origin. It is of central interest that vocational qualifications acquired abroad - regardless of residence status - lead more often to employment in line with the person's educational background. Raising awareness of the potential of immigrants and reducing discrimination are not only important for a diverse society, but also for the successful labour market integration of immigrants. Building and embedding intercultural competence among labour market actors therefore remains a central concern of the IQ funding programme.
Structure of the IQ network
The regional implementation of the funding programme is the central task of the 23 Regional Integration Networks (RIN). They comprise further operational sub-projects and offer nationwide recognition and qualification counselling for people seeking advice with foreign qualifications, develop demand-oriented adaptation qualifications and implement them. They also provide services for labour market actors by raising their awareness of the specific needs of migrants through information, counselling and training, and by imparting professional know-how.
In addition to the state networks, there are 3 IQ offices that work nationally on migration-specific topics. The Fachstelle Faire Integration (Competence Centre for Fair Integration) is responsible for the nationwide coordination and support of the counselling centres. The Recognition and Qualification Unit is responsible for the issues of recognition, recognition counselling and qualification nationwide in the IQ funding programme. The Immigration and Integration Unit is responsible for the issues of immigration and labour market and company integration in the funding programme.
The specialist units develop qualification measures, instruments and recommendations for action for the vocational integration of people with a migration history. They are responsible for providing expert advice to decision-makers in politics, business and administration. This can include the conception of quality standards, of qualifications and training materials or the dissemination of scientific findings.
At the federal level, the funding programme is coordinated by the IQ network project. The networking project is the responsibility of ebb Entwicklungsgesellschaft für berufliche Bildung mbH. The project supports cooperation between the actors in the programme, promotes the transfer of good practice within and outside the programme and ensures the public presentation of the IQ funding programme. Together with the specialist agencies, it communicates the results of the IQ work to the ministries, the BA and the specialist public.