A digital job bank giving work to refugees in Germany

  • Two refugees working at a food factory / Photo: Bea Arscott, Flickr

    Two refugees working at a food factory / Photo: Bea Arscott, Flickr

  • Workeer logo / Image: workeer.de

    Workeer logo / Image: workeer.de

  • Two young Syrians working in the catering sector / Photo: Zeinab Mohamed, Flickr

    Two young Syrians working in the catering sector / Photo: Zeinab Mohamed, Flickr

Workeer was set up by two young Germans with the aim to facilitate access to the labour market for refugees.

David Jacob and Philipp Kühn, two young entrepreneurs from Germany, have created a digital platform called Workeer, the goal of which is to put in touch refugees and companies with an open outlook and positive attitude towards this group of people. The digital job bank, which is also available on an App for smartphones, has been designed to support refugees when it comes to finding a job and starting an independent life in Germany. “A special motivation for us is to see that the first refugees have already found a job through Workeer”, say both the creators of the job bank while talking for the independent magazine The Hundert.

The job bank currently displays 2470 job vacancies in the fields of architecture, marketing, public relations, telecommunications, medicine, tourism, catering, energy, etc. A distinctive feature of the job offers is that they can be filtered by language level. For example: people who don’t have a high enough level of German can search for jobs that don’t require a high level of oral expression in German and, vice-versa, people who do have a high level of German can look for jobs with a broader idiomatic filter. In total, according to data from the platform, there are 2998 people looking for a job on Workeer and 2227 recruiters.

The two young creators, who live in Berlin, came up with the idea of setting up the first job-searching platform focusing specifically on refugees in Germany so as to help them integrate into the German society and also to contribute to a better social climate. According to Jacob and Kühn in declarations made to Global Voices Online, in doing so, “their successful access to the labour market is an achievement for society as a whole”.

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