Vocational rehabilitation centres for young adults with disabilities are vocational rehabilitation facilities within the meaning of § 51 SGB IX. In vocational rehabilitation centres for young adults with disabilities, young people with disabilities can complete initial vocational training or vocational preparation.
The target group of the vocational rehabilitation centres for young adults with disabilities are young people who need the services of a vocational rehabilitation centre because of the type or severity of their disability or to ensure the success of their training. The services are predominantly financed by the Federal Employment Agency on the basis of Section 117 (1) sentence 1 number 1a SGB III in conjunction with Section 51 SGB IX.
The services of the vocational rehabilitation centres for young adults with disabilities cover a wide range of preparatory measures, training opportunities, the accompaniment of participants to later active participation in working life and additional offers for adolescents and young adults without rehab status, but with complex participation restrictions.
With individually designed diagnostics, aptitude assessments and work trials, the vocational rehabilitation centres for young adults with disabilities can determine the training readiness of the young people and find the right occupation together with them. Various recognized assessment procedures are used for this purpose.
During vocational preparation, young people with disabilities can find out which occupational field and level of requirements are suitable for them. Basic knowledge is taught in the desired training occupation. The goal is to achieve trainability.
Vocational training centers prepare young people with disabilities and impairments for the primary labor market - from vocational preparation to dual training with a chamber diploma in over 250 professions at 52 locations.
Young people with disabilities need clear orientation for their start in working life: What can I do, which profession suits me? Vocational rehabilitation centres for young adults with disabilities works with young people to identify their talents and abilities (initial analysis). Building on this, we support in finding the right profession for them (vocational preparation) and then deciding on training in a company or vocational training centre.
Qualifications in vocational training centers are much more than conventional in-company training: In addition to vocational expertise in theory and practice, the focus is on positive personality development, stable mental and physical health, and the reduction of disability-related hurdles.
The vocational rehabilitation centres for young adults with disabilities dovetail their high level of expertise in training young people with practical experience in companies. The young people complete up to half of their training directly in the company. The in-company phases are accompanied by individual support from the Berufsbildungswerk. Interlocked training is possible in principle in all of the more than 250 training occupations offered by the vocational training centers and is sought with every participant. The important thing for companies is that they have a contact person at the vocational rehabilitation centres for young adults with disabilities at all times, can "test" the young people for their needs in a protected environment and have them count twice towards their mandatory employment quota during this time.
Many businesses and companies work closely with vocational training centers. The more intensive the joint cooperation, the smoother the transition from training to employment subject to social insurance contributions. Internships lasting several weeks are often the first step.
Living and leisure
In the "Learning Place Living", the young people are supported by pedagogical staff in different, successive forms of living in order to quickly become independent and to take their own lives into their own hands. Various leisure activities are available, from theater and film evenings to dance and sports programs and joint excursions.
Job application training
The training also includes ongoing job application training for all participants. This gives them confidence and practice in preparing documents according to current standards and in preparing for job interviews.
In the final year of training, the vocational rehabilitation centres for young adults with disabilities prepare the trainees specifically for their entry into working life. Case managers provide support in finding a job in a suitable work environment.
Even after the training, vocational rehabilitation centres for young adults with disabilities employees are available to advise the young people for a further six months.