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Engagement for inclusion

The biggest hurdles are those in the head
03 Dec 2018 | Press Release No. 34

The Federal Employment Agency (BA) is taking the International Day of People with Disabilities as an opportunity to focus more robustly on the topic of inclusion.

"Our aim is to make the integration of people with disabilities into the labour market more and more self-explanatory," says Detlef Scheele, Chairman of the BA Executive Board. "The integration of these men and women is often hindered by prejudices against them, e.g. by the assumption that they will become ill more frequently than other employees. The biggest obstacles are those in our heads," Scheele emphasises.

Statistically speaking, unemployed people with severe disabilities are better qualified than other unemployed people. Sixty per cent of them have a company-based, school- or academic education. The figure for all other people unemployed is fifty per cent.

"Personnel decisions are often made based on focusing on assumed under-performance. We need to move more towards focusing on the potential and special talents of all people. This is what lived inclusion means," says Scheele.

The BA is committed to numerous initiatives and measures to promote inclusion in Germany, beyond this day. For example, it contributes to the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, by providing workplaces suitable for the disabled. The BA wants to be a pioneer in this field and is itself targeting employees with severe disabilities with job offers - and successfully so. The BA exceeds the required severely handicapped rate of five per cent; currently, 10.3 per cent of the BA's employees are severely handicapped.