The IQ Network Baden-Württemberg supports the integration of migrants into the labour market. For this purpose, suitable structures are being developed in cooperation with the partners. Migration-sensitive consultation and qualification opportunities thus emerge. Instructions on specific topics are offered for labour market institutions in the state of Baden-Württemberg in order to strengthen their competences.
Recognition and qualification counselling
Each administrative region in Baden-Württemberg has an initial contact point and competence centre for the recognition of foreign professional qualifications which provides information and advice on individual cases both to persons seeking help and to labour market institutions and which also, if requested, accompanies the recognition procedure. The initial contact points and competence centres are a joint project of the IQ Network Baden-Württemberg, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Integration and the League of Non-Statutory Welfare in Baden-Württemberg. Since 2015, recognition counselling is supplemented by an IQ qualification counselling. The target group of this offering are people who have further need for support after having completed the recognition procedure. In particular, the service is aimed at people who have acquired a partial recognition and need a technical or linguistic qualification measure to compensate for the substantial differences identified by the competent authority, i.e. to acquire full recognition. Similarly, persons who have received a rejection or negative prognosis from the recognition body can inquire about pathways to qualification. Another target group are people with certificates in non-regulated academic professions who have received an expert opinion from the ZAB (Central Office for Foreign Education) and now need information about bridging measures and other paths to their occupation.
Qualification measures in the context of the Recognition Act
In Baden-Württemberg, qualification measures for persons with foreign certificates are conceived and implemented in the context of the IQ funding programme. These measures provide adaptation training for regulated medical (medical doctors, health and care occupations) and pedagogical (nursery teachers, early years teachers) occupations as well as for dual training occupations. They serve the purpose of filling in the gaps in the professional knowledge and imparting the required German language skills, thereby remedying the shortcomings identified by the recognition body (both in regulated and non-regulated occupations) and leading to full equivalence of the vocational certificate. In the non-regulated academic professions it is not required, or even possible, to acquire recognition in order to pursue the profession. The IQ Network Baden-Württemberg is offering bridging measures for engineers, architects and IT professionals in order to make it easier for people with foreign certificates to access the labour market and to extend their professional, methodical or linguistic knowledge.
Intercultural competence development
Establishing or improving the intercultural competence of the stakeholders in the labour market is the third priority. The target group of the Network's services in this field are labour market institutions (in particular employment agencies and job centres), small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and municipal administrations. The objective is to raise awareness to migration-specific topics and to initiate sustained intercultural opening-up processes within the organisations and reduce discrimination.
The services offered by our Network in Baden-Württemberg can be found in the "Services" section.
If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact the IQ Network Baden-Württemberg.
Phone: 0621 437 73 112