A department of the Jobcenter Pro Arbeit Kreis Offenbach (AöR)
Think european. Act socially.
The European Project Management (EPM) is a young innovative team of Pro Arbeit and responsible for the development and implementation of transnational projects. This enables the whole organisation to participate at European level.
Pro Arbeit - Kreis Offenbach AöR
is a public institution and acting as a job center in the County of Offenbach (Hessia, Germany) since 2005. Our legal mandate is to support people in social emergencies. Main tasks are the provision of benefits to support the livelihood of beneficiaries and their integration into the labor market, so that they can make a living from their own resources. Our employer service offers holistic, customer-oriented support for companies in the regional employment market - with a comprehensive range of services for the placement of qualified applicants. In order to achieve our goals, around 410 motivated employees are standing by our citizens.
Creating with each other
Our primary task - to design projects that integrate people more easily, better and faster into the labour market - is always in the focus. All projects follow the guiding principle: "Not about us without us". We live the principle of co-design in the conception phase as well as in the implementation.
All projects are applied together with our local, national and international partners in the various programmes of the European Union and, if successful, are financed on the basis of the European guidelines and framework conditions.
We work with and in different networks on European projects. ↓↓
In 2017, Youth Business International (YBI), supported by the European Union’s COSME programme, co-founded the M-UP programme. The project brings together key players in the field of migrant entrepreneurship support to share best practice, deliver new solutions and better support migrants to scale their businesses and become successful entrepreneurs. The network brings together over 20 expert organisations from across Europe to help migrants navigate the challenges of turning their existing microbusiness into a successful small to medium sized enterprise (SME).
To achieve this, it takes a bottom up approach, reaching out to entrepreneurs, who are at different points along their journey, including:
- Those that have successfully transitioned to a SME
- Those that are on the path to doing so
- Those that have potential but have not started yet
M-UP shares these findings and work collaboratively to create transnational, scalable solutions that tackle the problems head on. Findings are then used to advocate for government policy changes and ultimately break down the barriers that prevent migrant entrepreneurs from creating successful businesses and improve communities and economies in their new countries.
One of our aims is to keep learning, exchange knowledge and transfer ideas. Therefore, Pro Arbeit is member of European Social Network (ESN), the only European Network of public authorities in the field of social services. In 1999 ESN partnered with the European Commission to deliver projects. Since 2006, ESN has been a strategic partner of DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion and has signed several framework partnership agreements to support the European Commission’s social inclusion agenda.
ESN’s member network of over 125 organisations in 33 European countries supports the sharing of knowledge, practice and policies between social services across Europe. ESN organises multiple events and develops publications each year on different themes to enable this sharing, with the aim of developing best practice guidelines and policy recommendations. These themes cover the most important target groups for social services, such as older people, people with disabilities, vulnerable children and young people and more. ESN and its members also explore more cross-cutting issues for social services, such as challenges related to the social services workforce, quality or the development of evidence-based services.