Strong in the work place – Migrant mothers get on board
The ESF programme "Strong in the work place – Migrant mothers get on board" aims at facilitating the entry into employment of mothers with a migrant background and at improving access to already existing opportunities for labour market integration. To deliver on this goal, the women receive individual support on their path towards employment, and access to existing labour market integration services is improved.
Despite being well qualified and highly motivated, mothers from a migrant background in Germany are far less likely to be in gainful employment, or tend to work less hours, than women who do not have a migrant background. In a pilot phase, 16 model centres nationwide received support between 2012 and 2013 in the initiative to "Strengthen resources - safeguard the future: employment prospects for mothers from a migrant background". The pilot phase demonstrated that with the right tools it is possible to successfully help mothers from a migrant background on their pathway into the labour market.
Under the new "Strong in the work place" ESF programme, over 80 projects are expected to commence work at the start of 2015 to help mothers from a migrant background enter the labour market. These projects apply a combination of approaches specifically related to the target group and structures. Apart from activating the women in the target group, the aim is also to raise business awareness of the potential this group offers and forge better links between existing structures and local stakeholders.