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Integration through Exchange (2009-2014)

Action: European Social Fund |

Project coordinator: Stiftung ev.Jugendhilfe St. Johannis Bernburg



Promoted by our German YES member Stiftung ev.Jugendhilfe St. Johannis Bernburg (Stejh) in collaboration with the YES Forum and partners from Finland (city council of Oulu), Italy (OIKOS/Lucca and CSCS/Pistoia), Spain (IMFE/Granada) and Sweden (IDEUM/Arvidsjaur), "Integration through Exchange" (Integration durch Austausch - IdA) endeavoured to increase the labour market opportunities of disadvantaged young people through transnational mobility. Furthermore, unemployed young adults were given the possibility to expand their job-related experiences and to acquire professional skills in other EU countries.

The aim of this ESF funded project, which started in November 2009 and ended in 2014, was to allow about 120 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 to go abroad for training purposes. Target groups were disadvantaged young people in transition from school to training, who are

  • without school leaving certificates,
  • unemployed or
  • supported by qualification schemes from job centres.

The young people acquired basic knowledge in one of the following fields:

  • catering and bakery
  • gardening, landscape gardening
  • mechanics
  • electrical engineering
  • media and communication
  • IT, computers and other.

The young people participated in a 3-month preparation before going abroad in groups of 10 to 12 young people, accompanied by a social worker.

The German federal IdA scheme supported the sending of young people and, thus, it was not a reciprocal exchange programme. But the programme did foster experts meetings for practitioners. The project promoter organised these meetings in such a way that they reached a wider audience so that other interested parties had the opportunity to participate.

In November 2009 the first two groups of German young people went for a four weeks training to Sweden and Finland. Throughout 2010, groups of 10-12 young people followed them and spent a month abroad in Spain and Italy as well as, again, Sweden. In 2011, Groups visited Finland, Sweden and Spain.


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