Activate skilled labour for Hamburg


The integration of more adults with migration background into Hamburg´s labour market – this is the aim of NOBI, the Regional Network of Hamburg. Eleven partners co-operate in NOBI, in areas in which there is a need for action.

Assessment and recognition

The recognition of foreign occupational qualifications is a field of action which opens new chances for migrants through the so called „Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Feststellung und

Anerkennung im Ausland erworbener Berufsqualifikationen“ (= Professional

Qualifications Assessment Act) “. There is a lot to do so that these chances can be of use. NOBI is informing skilled workers with migration background and employers about the potentiality which is offered in the Assessment Act, to link offers for recognition advisory services and to develop new procedures for recognition within the craft sector. Occasionally, after the professional recognition a further qualification is essential in order to equate foreign and German qualification. NOBI offers skill training within the craft sector and develops new proposals for medical and health care and for engineer professions.

Rethinking and linking

In addition to practical offers for adults with migration background, NOBI works mainly to improve structural conditions for occupational integration.      

In order to provide the migrants for instance with a better access to offers, NOBI informs urban projects, other stakeholders for integration, the Muslim Community Hamburg, African churches and further ethnic groups. Together with its partners it also strives to clarify the importance of professional qualifications. Or in order to strengthen the welcoming culture and recruitment of foreign students, college teachers and students are addressed and suitable

schemes are planned. Two examples to show how to organize cooperation and support networking together with institutions, authorities and further partners of the occupational integration. In addition NOBI offers to its partners intercultural trainings, especially to employment services and jobcenters

Collective and open-minded

Another aim of NOBI is to work in Hamburg not only for, but above all also with migrants for the improvement of professional integration – for example together with migrant organisations. They are partners of NOBI and they support the target group and improve the performance of migrant organisations. Finally, the work on anti-discrimination plays an important role by NOBI – a change in perspectives should be achieved by all parties involved, so that Hamburg´s diversity will become a benefit to all.

NOBI´s partner

Arbeitsgemeinschaft selbständiger Migranten e.V. (Working Committee of self-employed migrants e.V.)

basis & woge e.V.

Bildungs- und Beratungskarawane e.V. (Educational and advisory “Karawane” e.V.)

Handwerkskammer Hamburg (The Hamburg Chamber of Crafts)

Interkulturelle Bildung Hamburg e.V. (Intercultural Education Hamburg e.V.)


passage gGmbH

Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf )

NOBI is part of the nationwide support programme “Integration through Qualification (IQ)” which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Employment Service.