Integration projects at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut
Tandem, Equal and ProBAS and training from the point of view of inclusion
"Many things are possible …" – The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut was able to prove this with various different projects involving the integration of people with disabilities in the science and research job market. It is often more difficult for the disabled to find qualified employment, in particular, in the field of science. The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut recognised this problem and has thus introduced integration projects which have been running for about 14 years by now. These include the Tandem Projects, the Equal Project
"Many things are possible – tandem partners in science" and ProBAs. Since August 2013, the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut has been the co-ordinator of the "InkaA" inclusion project initiated by a company forum called “Unternehmensforum e.V. This project serves to create more vocational training places for disabled young people who intend to complete a dual training course in collaboration with non-disabled young people.
The focus is on making access to qualified employment and vocational training schemes easier for people with disabilities in the field of science and administration. Besides, the projects show that qualified staff members with disabilities, too, are able to make important contributions and – above all – contributions of a standard equivalent to that of non-disabled people, to the general job market, if they are supported appropriately.
Network for the future
A network has developed from the integration projects, whose term has recently ended, and this network is also available to other employers. It provides advice and guidance on methods for approaching successful integration.
On 23 June 2010, the network referenced here was granted the 2010 United Nations Public Service Award (UNPSA) for the project Tandem in Science – Network for Integration Projects in the category "Improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness in the Public Service" for the region of Europe and North America.
The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut presented its network at a recent forum, which bore the title "The Role of Public Service in Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Challenges and Best Practices".