Make it in Hamburg!

Project description

Title: Make it in Hamburg!
Commissioned by: Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Country: Germany, Hamburg
Lead executing agency: Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (ESF)
Overall term: 2014 to 2016

Make it in Hamburg! International university graduate. © GIZ
Context
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg has always attracted people from all over the world who wish to work and live there. At the same time, many companies in Hamburg urgently need to recruit skilled specialists. ‘Make it in Hamburg!’ brings them together.

Objective
Many different target groups, especially from EU Member States, are integrated into Hamburg’s labour market, making a major contribution to securing the supply of skilled labour for the city’s businesses.

Approach
‘Make it in Hamburg!’ helps various target groups integrate into the labour market. The project is aimed at graduate professionals, skilled workers, apprentices, accompanying life partners, foreign students and graduates from universities in and around Hamburg.

The activities currently focus on three objectives:

  1. bringing together Hamburg companies and skilled professionals from abroad for recruitment purposes to address skills shortages
  2. facilitating access to Hamburg’s labour market for accompanying spouses/life partners
  3. integrating foreign students and graduates from local universities into Hamburg’s labour market.
The ‘Make it in Hamburg!’ concept includes support in looking for a job, for making contacts with employers in Hamburg, and on career issues. It also offers supplementary training courses, most of which are supplied by the cooperation partner ‘Arbeit und Leben e.V.’

A positive, comprehensive culture of welcome is essential for the urgently needed skilled workers to develop lasting ties with Hamburg. ‘Make it in Hamburg!’ offers assistance not only for the integration of new employees and their partners into the labour market, but also their general integration into everyday life.

Additional measures, such as encouraging the recognition of professional qualifications, providing information about finding accommodation, child care and schools, and arranging a residence permit, are provided by institutions such as the Hamburg Welcome Center and the ‘Zentrale Anlaufstelle Anerkennung’ in close cooperation with ‘Make it in Hamburg!’. This means that a wide range of complementary services is available to ensure that new arrivals always feel welcome.
Make it in Hamburg! International specialist in the lab. © GIZ

The project ‘Make it in Hamburg!’ is financed from the European Social Fund (ESF) and by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

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