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BQVB – Network for the integration of the disadvantaged into the labour market

The project

In the rural area of Biberach several institutions in the area of education and employment aligned in the year 2000 with one another to form a regional network called “Beschaeftigungs- und Qualifizierungsverbund Biberach (BQVB)” (Network for Employment and Qualification). Aim was the implementation of a common project under the European Social Fund. Since then this successful project has been executed each year - with varying focal points and goals.

The goal of the network was to create an effective offer for qualification and integration assistance. This included a consistent bundling of assistance programmes and also of qualification to create and support employability. It was important to us that among those who were helped were people who couldn’t be placed in the primary labour market. This group included the long-term unemployed, the unemployed with migration backgrounds and language difficulties as well as those with drug addiction problems or the homeless.

The offer of the network included various assistance programmes and qualification such as:

  • Qualification, employment and support of people with little or no qualification and long-term unemployed
  • Qualification and training in “daily life activities” for recipients of social support
  • Integrative qualification for persons with migration backgrounds
  • Qualification and support of people with mental-health problems
  • Orientation-, qualification- and placement assistant programmes for youths

The focal point of our work was on the consistent bundling of those activities of the projects’ partners. An example for the bundling is the co-operation of the registered association “Verein für soziale Heimstaetten e.V. Dornahof” with the Kolping Training Centre Riedlingen: After attending qualification at the Kolping Training Centre Riedlingen the participants took part in hands-on training in the ”Cafe Kumm“, a gastronomic service of the Dornahof.

Through the industry of the network much success was experienced in restoring stability to the lives of disadvantaged people and in helping them re-enter the labour market in the past years. The placement quota is approximately 27 %. This may seen humble, however, in light of extremely difficult personal situations of the participants, we consider this a success.

For information on the current network activities please click here.


Project executing
Kolping Training Institution Wuerttemberg Registered Association, Stuttgart, Germany

Project partners
Diakonische Bezirksstelle Biberach in co-operation with wohnungslosenhilfe biberach e.V. (Help for the Homeless, Registered association)
Verein für soziale Heimstaetten e.V. Dornhof, Altshausen (Registered Association)
Kolping Training Centre Riedlingen
LERNEN FOERDERN Biberach e.V. (Registered Association)
Berufliche Fortbildungszentren der Bayrischen Wirtschaft gGmbH (bfz) Biberach
Caritasverband Biberach

Contact person
Patricia Hagenbach, Project Assistant EU point projects & more

EU-Funding Programme
ESF Objective 2 / 3

Total sum of Funding
2000: 151,285 €
2001: 255,601 €
2002: 300,000 €
2003: 349,035 €
2004: 325,373 €
2005: 225,280 €
2006: 200,000 €
2007: 215,000 €
2008: 200,000 €
2009: 200,000 €
2010: 200,000 €
2011: 200,000 €
2012: 200,000 €

Period of Funding
01.01.2000 - 31.12.2012 (each project lasted one year)

Financially supported by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Families and Senior Citizens of Baden-Württemberg with funds of the European Social Fund.

ESF Baden Württemberg EU