IdA II: People with disabilities

In September 2010, a second call for projects "to enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities by promoting transnational mobility and exchanges of experts" was made. In spring 2010, 45 project networks were launched with a financial volume of approx. 46.2 million Euro from the European Social Fund plus 6.3 million Euro from the budget of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
Moreover the project networks receive 3 million Euro from the National Rehabilitation Fund attached to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
The objective was to give 4,000 participants, including 800 persons with a recognised severe disability, an opportunity to improve their occupational prospects.
Its main focus was a mentored stay in another EU Member State for a period of 1 to 6 months (internship, job camp, training). As a support instrument IdA complements the existing support architecture for persons with disabilities. Funding was provided to project networks involving the local basic income support providers (job centres), employment agencies as well as advocacy organisations, specialised integration services, rehabilitation funds and self-help organisations of people with disabilities.

Objectives and priorities

  • Using stays abroad to enhance the chances of disabled students and school leavers of finding a training place

    Pre-vocational training, short-term qualifications and traineeships in other EU countries are used to help young disabled students and school leavers to develop the maturity necessary for training and employment and to improve their employability.

  • Using traineeships in other EU countries to help young unemployed persons with disabilities make the transition from initial training to employment
    After having completed vocational training young adults with disabilities rarely have a smooth transition to employment. Gaining practical work experience through traineeships in other EU countries can help to ease the transition to employment.
  • Enhancing the labour market integration of unemployed adults with disabilities through traineeships abroad
    Unemployed adults with disabilities find it particularly difficult to leave unemployment and return to the labour market. Above all skilled adults with practical work experience are to be given the opportunity to go to undertakings, enterprises and public agencies in other EU countries for traineeships and observation visits.
  • Initiating transnational study visits of labour market experts and representatives of self-help organisation of people with disabilities
    In connection with the afore-mentioned stays abroad of the participants themselves, there is the opportunity for labour market experts and representatives of self-help organisations of people with disabilities to undertake transnational exchanges and study visits to Germany.

The regional distribution of the 45 project networks is as follows:

Baden-Würtemberg2Lower Saxony2
Bavaria2North-Rhine Westphalia9
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania4Thuringia2