Refugees & Migrants – Educational Work
Recognizing Existing Skills and Abilities
Work with refugees and migrants represents a major focus at ÖJAB’s BPI.
Educational Work at ÖJAB
ÖJAB has been housing refugees at its dormitories since 1956. And ÖJAB also supports the education and integration of refugees with various offerings at its BPI.
The BPI works to ascertain refugees’ existing job-relevant skills and offers targeted training and support in order to integrate them into Austria’s working world.
“START WIEN” (GETTING STARTED IN VIENNA) FOR REFUGEES – INTEGRATION FROM DAY 1
Literacy, Basic Education, and German Courses
This program was launched in cooperation with Wiener Volkshochsschule GmbH (lead partner), Diakonie, BFI Vienna, Caritas, and Interface. It targets refugees between the ages of 15 and 65 who are beneficiaries of the government’s basic welfare program (Grundversorgung), providing them with active support for their ongoing integration. As part of this project, German classes at levels A1, A2, and B1 are offered that include career orientation. The point is to reinforce existing knowledge and skills while these individuals’ asylum cases are pending. This way, their integration into Austrian society and the Austrian labor market upon being granted residency permits will be faster and easier. The Wiener Bildungsdrehscheibe (Vienna Education Turntable), a center that advises asylum-seekers, coordinates participants’ referrals to various programs and connects them with suitable educational offerings.
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This project is financed with funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) for Vienna and the Vienna Social Fund (FSW). It also receives support from the Vienna Employment Promotion Fund (waff).
Asylum, Migration And Integration Fund – AMID
Language, Education, and Employment! ÖJAB’s BPI makes it possible for asylum grantees, individuals with subsidiary protection status, and citizens of third states to successfully integrate into Austrian society with German language training and career orientation including impartation of the relevant values.
This is accomplished by the project “I1 Sprache und Bildung - ‘uBUNTu – Ich bin, weil Wir sind’” (I1 Language and Education – “uBUNTu – I am, because we are”) of the Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Federal Chancellerly of Austria. This project is aimed at adolescents and young adults aged 25 and below who have little knowledge of German. The focus is on solid general education, career orientation, and the impartation of values.
The second AMIF project, “I2 Vorbereitende Maßnahmen zur Arbeitsmarktintegration” (I2 Preparatory Measures for Labor Market Integration), provides preparatory courses for the final apprenticeship examination for office clerks to around 120 individuals (who may be asylum grantees, individuals with subsidiary protection status, and/or citizens of third states – with preference given to women), for whom this measure lays the cornerstone for successful integration into the Austrian labor market.
As confirmation of the good work being done at ÖJAB’s BPI, both of these projects have been renewed.
The new AMIF project “Chance Technik – Intensivausbildung in den Lehrberufen Metalltechnik-Maschinenbautechnik, Elektrotechnik-Anlagen- und Betriebstechnik und Mechatronik-Fertigungstechnik” (Technology As an Opportunity – Intensive Training in the Apprenticeable Trades of Metal Technology Specializing in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Specializing in Plant and Industrial Engineering, and Mechatronics Specializing in Manufacturing Engineering) is aimed at participants’ successful completion of the apprenticeship exams in the respective areas. Participants can also take the German test for the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF) Diploma at level B2.
These projects are supported by the AMIF and the Federal Chancellerly of Austria under the heading “Integration of Third-Country Nationals and Legal Migration.”
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This project is co-financed by the Asylum, Migration und Integration Fund and the Federal Chancellerly of Austria
GIG – Gender Integration Gamification
The innovative project GIG aims to use game development and gameplay (especially where it involves the use of new media) to convey curriculum content and realize developmental goals among game participants while initiating processes of skill development. This gamification tool’s thematic orientation is the integration of young male and female migrants.
The emphasis here is on dealing with gender-related topics and gender-specific understandings of roles. Alongside asking questions of the participants in the target group and encouraging their participation, this project also involves measures in which trainers (from various integration-related programs) as well as integration experts are interviewed on the overall topic and invited to contribute their work.
During this project’s run, a gamification tool is to be developed and implemented in a playable form. The BPI’s responsibility in this project is above all that of creating a field of activity and research as well as actively leading the development of learning and teaching goals for the target group.
Together with several project partners (MAKAM Research GmbH, die Berater® Unternehmensberatung GesmbH, University of Vienna – Institute of Sociology), new methodical and didactic approaches are being pursued here.
GIG is supported by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
This project was officially launched in September 2019 and runs for 24 months.