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General overview

Stage of development: Implementation

Policy sector: Employment and training

Start date of service provision: Jul 2015

Capital raised (minimum): Swiss Francs 2.70m (USD 2.81m)

Service users: 120 individuals


Based on the "Supported Employment Approach", the aim is to integrate refugees into the primary employement market as quickly as possible (first place, then train). After assessing a potential for a direct placement into the employment, an integration plan is drawn up with each participant, which sets out the goals and measures in the short and medium term; the future employer is closely involved in that process. Qualifying support measure take place during employement; likewise participants receive ongoing coaching. If a direct entry into employment is not considered as appropriate, particpants receive individual support measures to get employment ready. Each participant is allocated to a single coach. Employers can receive for a period up to 6 months a subvention for training in case the participant is not fully capable of fullfilling the work requirements.

Target population

Recognised refugees or other migrants with a temporarily right to stay who are not in training or employment, show a medium to high likeliness for employment integration and fall under the jurisdiction of the canton of Bern.



  • Switzerland

Service delivery locations

  • Bern, Switzerland

Involved organisations

Outcome metrics

  • Entry into the primary employment market or completion of a vocational training. Number of refugees and other migrants who are employed on a permanent contract basis at industry standard conditions in the primary employment market or have completed vocational training at level 2 (equivalent to GCSE).
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