The Ministry for Integration, the Public Employment Service Austria and the Austrian Integration Forum present Austria-wide cooperation in providing Values Courses for refugees

Values and Orientation Courses to be included in integration activities launched by the Public Employment Service Austria

On 9 March Minister for Integration Sebastian Kurz, Managing Director of the Public Employment Service Austria Johannes Kopf, head of the Public Employment Service Vienna Petra Draxl and Director of the Austrian Integration Fund Franz Wolf presented the nationwide implementation of Values and Orientation Courses for persons entitled to asylum or subsidiary protection across Austria. The Public Employment Service Austria (Arbeitsmarktservice, AMS) will provide all persons entitled to asylum or subsidiary protection that are registered with its services with information about Values and Orientation Courses and include these courses operated by the Austrian Integration Fund (Österreichischen Integrationsfonds, ÖIF) in its portfolio.

Values important are for access to the Austrian labour market

Minister for Integration Sebastian Kurz: “The current refugee situation faces us with the challenge of integrating those persons who are allowed to stay in Austria as successfully and as quickly as possible into our society. Alongside the acquisition of German language skills and access to in the Austrian labour market, the communication of fundamental values shared by Austrian society plays a pivotal role. People who have a different cultural background and come to Austria, must familiarise themselves with the fundamental values and social standards and norms upheld in Austria. With the Values and Orientation Courses provided so far, the Austrian Integration Fund has already reached out successfully to a number of persons entitled to asylum. Thanks to this cooperation with the Public Employment Service Austria it will now be possible to roll out the Values and Orientation Courses even more comprehensively across the whole of Austria.”

Managing Director of the Public Employment Service Austria Johannes Kopf: “Values are important for entering the labour market. The content of the Values and Orientation Courses provided by the Austrian Integration Fund not only covers the explanation and sharing of fundamental democratic values, such as equality of men and women, but also includes the provision of a range of very practical information for persons who want to successfully join the Austrian labour market. Cooperation with the Austrian Integration Fund and the Ministry for Integration in this respect thus enables us to expand our portfolio of training activities in a meaningful manner.”

Values and Orientation Courses as part of the training opportunities offered by the Public Employment Service Austria

Whenever there are sufficient participants to run a course, Values and Orientation Courses will from now on be integrated into the portfolio of training activities provided by the Public Employment Service Austria (AMS) to persons entitled to asylum or subsidiary protection and registered with the AMS services. The AMS coordinates the groups attending the courses and, as required, provides the necessary premises. The courses will be conducted by trainers from the Austrian Integration Fund. For participants who understand very little German, assistance is given during the courses by interpreters for Arabic and Farsi/Dari made available by the Austrian Integration Fund. The classes, which are free of charge, are designed in seminar-format and attended by small, mixed groups of about 15 men and women. In order to enable the contents shared during the courses to be addressed in greater detail, a training document is available in Arabic, Farsi/Dari and English.

“For the Vienna AMS, the sharing of values has already become an integral element of its training offer. We have already coordinated the provision of German language courses with the Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF). As the ÖIF has expanded its offer of A1 level German classes we are now cooperating even more closely”, Petra Draxl stated. As is the case in the whole of Austria, Values and Orientation Course are also integrated in the courses offered by the Vienna AMS, including for instance skills checks. This bundling of know-how aimed at integrating persons entitled to asylum and subsidiary protection is very well supplemented by efforts undertaken by the City of Vienna, for instance in the context of the START WIEN programme, which also includes values courses directed at migrants. “With respect to measures aimed at successful integration, we are very well placed in Vienna. The experience we have gained with our skills checks is very much sought after across Europe. The AMS Vienna will continue to invest extensive know-how in the integration of persons entitled to asylum into the Vienna labour market”, Petra Draxl underlined.

Franz Wolf, Director of the Austrian Integration Fund stressed: “The Values and Orientation Courses not only provide a good overview of everyday life in Austria but also very specific information about the fundamental values upheld by Austrian society, such as equality of men and women or freedom of expression, for instance. Thanks to this cooperation with the AMS we are able to reach out to an even larger number of persons entitled to asylum with our activities and thus facilitate their sustainable integration.”

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