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Power DAF – German as a foreign language

Deutsch als Fremdsprache

The project

The economical situation and the labour market of the region Schwaebisch Gmuend are showing positive development trends. Though, the benefit does not include all participants of the society. Particularly young immigrants have problems of integration into the labour market. The reasons are manifold: communication deficiencies in German, poor or non school certificates and low or insufficient professional qualification. Young migrants, not having passed the regular German school system, are often not informed about support opportunities such as vocational guidance of the employment centres. Furthermore the experience of professional traineeships is missing. Besides that the non-native parents do not have the know how to support their children by searching apprenticeships and possible jobs.

The current project addressed this complex of problems. By means of three sequently sub-projects young migrants (until the age of 30 years) have been prepared for an occupation in the labour market. Three partner organizations, the Kolping Training Centre Schwaebisch Gmuend, the adult education centre VHS Schwaebisch Gmuend and the IN VIA Catholic Social Work, have been responsible for the implementation of the project. Within the first sub-project the participants attended a German language course “German for the job” offered by the VHS Schwaebisch Gmuend. This course concluded with a certificate “German for the job”, an international approved exam. The course was followed by vocational qualification in the Kolping Training Centre in connection with a vocational traineeship. During these two sub-projects the participants received individual assistance from the staff of IN VIA, which was based on specific profiling and the method of case management for each participant. This support was extended beyond the traineeship to assure the success of the project.

Almost 94% of the participants completed the qualification successfully. Four weeks after the course 75% of the participants were attending further training, vocational training or took up employment.


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

Project partners

VHS Schwaebisch Gmuend
IN VIA Katholischer Verband für Maedchen- und Frauensozialarbeit Dioezese Rottenburg-Stuttgart e.V. / IN VIA Jugendmigrationsdienst Schwaebisch Gmuend

Contact person
Patricia Hagenbach, Head of Kolping Training Centre Ostwuerttemberg

EU-Funding Programme
ESF Objective 2

Sum of Funding
46,719 €

Period of Funding
14.01.2008 - 13.10 2008

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