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Factsheet for measure DE-2020-26/1216 – measures in Germany
, applies regionally
|Time period||Open ended, started on 22 June 2020|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
|Author||Sandra Vogel (IW)|
|Measure added||02 October 2020 (updated 27 November 2020)|
The regional associations of sheltered workshops in North-Rhine Westphalia (WfbM), the Ministry for Labour, Health and Social Affairs in North-Rhine Westphalia, regional labour office and pension insurances are of the opinion that the current legal criteria applicable to people with a disability and in need of a high level of support were set too broad at the national level. With the goal to continue employing people with a high level of support in sheltered workshops or offering them alternative working opportunities, they have developed guidelines to keep as many affected people at their workplaces as possible.
The regional labour office, the regional pension insurances and the municipal associations Rheinland and Westfalen-Lippe are organising a participation process and issued guidelines organising this process. This means that there will be an individual needs assessment to determine whether the affected person with a disability can be granted access to a sheltered workshop or another facility. Furthermore, as part of the participation process there is a qualification process to improve the participants performance ability. People with a high level of support are offered the basic module 'vocational training for people with the need for a high level of support'. After both processes are completed work at a sheltered workshop or at another facility can be resumed/started.
There are no numbers available on people who have entered the participation process nor on people resumed/started working due to these guidelines.
||Does not apply to businesses||
Local / regional government
Public employment service
Public support service providers
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Unknown||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Not applicable||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The regional associations of sheltered workshops (WfbM), the Ministry for Labour, Health and Social Affairs in North-Rhine Westphalia, regional governments, the regional labour office and pension insurances took initiative and developed this guideline in cooperation.
The aforementioned social parnters are of the opinion that the legal criteria 'minimum usabable economic work performance' has been set too broad for people with a high level of support. They determined the common goal to continue employing people with a high level of support in sheltered workshops or offering them alternative working opportunities.
Eurofound (2020), Guidelines for the support of people with special needs, measure DE-2020-26/1216 (measures in Germany), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/DE-2020-26_1216.html
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