Almost 100,000 people with a migration background lived in the Leipzig region in 2021. This corresponds to about 17% percent of the region’s total population. Many factors mean that people with a migration history are affected by unemployment about twice as much as people without a migration background. In recent years, Leipzig has seen growing immigration – especially from EU countries and the world’s crisis regions. Many of them have vocational training qualifications or other valuable qualifications that are often not recognised in this country. At the same time, shortages of skilled workers are becoming increasingly noticeable here as well.

To this end, 8 partners from the region have joined forces to form the LeIQ network (duration: 01/2023 – 12/2025) and applied for ESF+ funding from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS). The aim of the network is to improve the educationally adequate integration of people of foreign origin into the labour market. To this end, the partners will work closely together and offer adaptation qualifications, bridging measures, coaching and support as well as low-threshold procedures to make non-formal and informal competences visible.

Another goal is to reduce barriers and discrimination in labour market integration and to ensure that employees remain in the region in the long term. To achieve this, the network will link up with labour market actors such as companies, employment agencies, job centres, the Federal Employment Agency, state and local governments and other project networks.

Partners: Aufbauwerk Region Leipzig GmbH (coordinator), Department for Migration and Integration of the City of Leipzig, Wirtschaft für ein weltoffenes Sachsen e.V., DAA Deutsche Angestellten-Akademie GmbH, Handwerkskammer zu Leipzig, ZAW Zentrum für Aus- und Weiterbildung Leipzig GmbH, Verwaltungs- und Wirtschafts- Akademie Leipzig GmbH and Arbeit und Leben Sachsen e.V.

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