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Below we provide a selection of our projects in the subject area Vulnerable Groups either implemented by ÖSB Consulting or one of our associate companies.


Youth Coaching – Vienna (2019)

Country: Austria

Duration: 01/2019 – 12/2019

Client/Donor: Social Ministry Service

Contract value: € 1.730.862

Implemented by: ÖSB Consulting

The aim of this programme is to identify young people at risk of dropping out of school, and to reintegrate those who have dropped out already. Services include (1) individual student counselling and case management to develop specific and feasible educational and employment perspectives, and (2) awareness-raising workshops and information seminars for schools, parents and multipliers.


Youth Coaching – Vienna (2018)

Country: Austria

Duration: 01/2018 – 12/2018

Client/Donor: Social Ministry Service

Contract value: € 1.271.956

Implemented by: ÖSB Consulting

The aim of this programme is to identify young people at risk of dropping out of school, and to reintegrate those who have dropped out already. Services include (1) individual student counselling and case management to develop specific and feasible educational and employment perspectives, and (2) awareness-raising workshops and information seminars for schools, parents and multipliers.


Youth Coaching – Vienna (2017)

Country: Austria

Duration: 01/2017 – 12/2017

Client/Donor: Social Ministry Service

Contract value: € 1.117.989

Implemented by: ÖSB Consulting

The aim of this programme is to identify young people at risk of dropping out of school, and to reintegrate those who have dropped out already. Services include (1) individual student counselling and case management to develop specific and feasible educational and employment perspectives, and (2) awareness-raising workshops and information seminars for schools, parents and multipliers.


Work │ Counselling │ Orientation Youth (2018-2019)

Country: Austria

Duration: 07/2018 – 06/2019

Client/Donor: Social Ministry Service

Contract value: € 1.890.670

Implemented by: ÖSB Consulting

The aim of this programme is to identify young people at risk of dropping out of school, and to reintegrate those who have dropped out already. Services include (1) individual student counselling and case management to develop specific and feasible educational and employment perspectives, and (2) awareness-raising workshops and information seminars for schools, parents and multipliers.


Work │ Counselling │ Orientation Youth (2017-2018)

Country: Austria

Duration: 07/2017 – 06/2018

Client/Donor: Social Ministry Service

Contract value: € 1.790.709

Implemented by: ÖSB Consulting

The aim of this programme is to identify young people at risk of dropping out of school, and to reintegrate those who have dropped out already. Services include (1) individual student counselling and case management to develop specific and feasible educational and employment perspectives, and (2) awareness-raising workshops and information seminars for schools, parents and multipliers.


fit2work – Eastern Austria

Country: Austria

Duration: 01/2020 – 12/2024

Client/Donor: Social Ministry Service

Contract value: € 62.634.828

Implemented by: itworks (company within the ÖSB Group)

The programme aims at (1) sustaining the working capacity of employees to retirement age, (2) the sustainable (re-)integration of employed and unemployed persons with health issues, after long-term sick leave and/or with disabilities into the labour market to retirement age and (3) the development and/or utilisation of operational company structures and processes to manage especially re-integrated employees. These objectives are tackled by providing diversified counselling to individuals and businesses.


fit2work – Central Austria

Country: Austria

Duration: 01/2020 – 12/2024

Client/Donor: Social Ministry Service

Contract value: € 62.049.256

Implemented by: itworks (company within the ÖSB Group)

The programme aims at (1) sustaining the working capacity of employees to retirement age, (2) the sustainable (re-)integration of employed and unemployed persons with health issues, after long-term sick leave and/or with disabilities into the labour market to retirement age and (3) the development and/or utilisation of operational company structures and processes to manage especially re-integrated employees. These objectives are tackled by providing diversified counselling to individuals and businesses.


fit2work – Western Austria

Country: Austria

Duration: 01/2020 – 12/2024

Client/Donor: Social Ministry Service

Contract value: € 30.162.326

Implemented by: itworks (company within the ÖSB Group)

The programme aims at (1) sustaining the working capacity of employees to retirement age, (2) the sustainable (re-)integration of employed and unemployed persons with health issues, after long-term sick leave and/or with disabilities into the labour market to retirement age and (3) the development and/or utilisation of operational company structures and processes to manage especially re-integrated employees. These objectives are tackled by providing diversified counselling to individuals and businesses.


Enhancing the Employment of Vulnerable Groups

Country: Kosovo

Duration: 01/2014 – 01/2017

Client/Donor: European Commission

Contract value: € 1.194.572 (portion of ÖSB C: € 537.557)

Implemented by: ÖSB Consulting, WYG International

The aim of this project is to support employment and social inclusion of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. A variety of guidance measures will improve the performance of local stakeholders, who will then be able to identify the needs of the unemployed and design tailor-made measures. The overarching objective is to create sustainable administrative capacity for the design and implementation of active labour market policies.


EUStartGees - Entrepreneurial capacity building for young migrants

Country: Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain

Duration: 12/2018 – 11/2020

Client/Donor: EC / DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Contract value: € 654.257

Implemented by: Fondazione Eris Onlus (IT), Phoenix (FI), Migration Hub Network (DE), IVC Outsourcing CVI S.L. (ES), Chapter#2 (ES), ÖSB Consulting (AT)

By designing and implementing a holistic entrepreneurial support scheme for migrants and refugees in the partner countries the project aims at creating self-employment possibilities and enhanced integration into local communities. The project is based on a mix of training, counselling, mentoring, PR activities, analysis/ research as well as national and international exchange of experts and stakeholders.


fit2work individual counselling - Lower Austria

Country: Austria

Duration: 04/2015 – 03/2020

Client/Donor: Social Ministry Service

Contract value: € 5.877.000

Implemented by: ÖSB Consulting

After analysing the programme participant’s individual situation and respective problems, counsellors work closely with their clients to develop and implement supporting measures which address physical, social and psychological pressures. This programme aims to initiate a long-term, sustainable and healthy work life up to the participant’s retirement.


Fair Plus Cleaning – Promotion of female employees in the cleaning sector

Country: Austria

Duration: 08/2017 – 07/2019

Client/Donor: European Social Fund

Contract value: € 865.341

Implemented by: ÖSB Consulting

The outcomes and outputs of Fair Plus Cleaning include (1) a study on the actual situation of women in the cleaning sector, (2) the creation of possibilities for enhanced qualification and career planning in the cleaning sector, (3) enhanced work conditions, (4) the initiation of gender and diversity measures in the cleaning sector, and (5) business consultancy aiming at the promotion of women and equal opportunities.


Start-up Services

Country: Austria

Duration: 09/2018 – 08/2022

Client/Donor: Vienna Business Agency

Contract value: € 186.192

Implemented by: ÖSB Consulting

The aim of this project is to support unemployed persons, especially migrants and refugees to become sustainably self-employed. Services include workshops on key entrepreneurial skills, such as the development of feasible business plans, finance plans, legal issues, marketing etc. In addition, workshops are also held in languages spoken by the largest migrant communities in Vienna.


Fund of the City of Graz for Advancement and Promotion

Country: Austria

Duration: 03/2019 – 03/2020

Client/Donor: City of Graz

Contract value: € 273.899

Implemented by: ÖSB Consulting

The aim of this project is to promote career and income opportunities of working poor living in Graz (persons aged 18 to 64), through financial support and customised training and re-training. ÖSB Consulting implements the project by establishing and maintaining the project´s public relations, cooperating with local educational institutes, and compiling low-threshold proposal packages for this target group.


Technical Assistance for “Increasing School Attendance Rates Especially for Girls”

Country: Turkey

Duration: 03/2015 – 05/2017

Client/Donor: Ministry of National Education/ European Commission

Contract value: € 4.580.559 (portion of ÖSB: € 595.473)

Implemented by: ÖSB Consulting, HIFAB International AB. Finish Consulting Group (FCG) Limited, SIPU International, Ankon Consulting, GDSI Limited

The aim of this project is to contribute to increasing attendance rates at all levels of education, especially the attendance rates of girls at secondary level for vocational schooling and training, and to bring students (especially girls) who are out of the education system back into the system. Services include e.g., capacity building, awareness-raising training, conducting surveys, organising meetings, and providing policy reports.


B.A.S.I.C.

Country: Austria

Duration: 09/2017 – 02/2019

Client/Donor: ESF, Public Employment Service Lower Austria

Contract value: € 3.599.286

Implemented by: itworks (part of ÖSB Group)

Refugees granted the status of asylum eligibility and persons eligible for subsidiary protection (= refugees with a preliminary residence title) aged at least 25 years were prepared for the integration into the labour market. The target group was supported with competence checks, social pedagogic counselling, social and personal competence trainings, on-the-job trainings and job placement.


step2Job (2018-2019)

Country: Austria

Duration: 01/2018 – 06/2019

Client/Donor: ESF, Public Employment Service Vienna

Contract value: € 2.699.984

Implemented by: itworks (part of ÖSB Group)

The project offers individual support to long-term unemployed persons including refugees granted the status of asylum eligibility and persons eligible for subsidiary protection (= refugees with a preliminary residence title) as well as persons aged 50+ by providing social pedagogic counselling, enhancing of job-related skills (workshops) and assistance at job applications.


proactive Vienna (2019)

Country: Austria

Duration: 01/2019 – 12/2019

Client/Donor: Public Employment Service Vienna

Contract value: € 9.999.750

Implemented by: itworks (part of ÖSB Group)

The programme aims at increasing the employability of the target groups (youths, persons aged 50+, long-term unemployed, youths and adults granted with asylum in Austria) by (re)training attitudes and skills necessary for a sustainable integration into the labour market. The support is carried out on a practical level (work training within itworks’ social enterprise, on-the-job training and individual psychosocial support during first steps in the labour market.


proactive Vienna (2018)

Country: Austria

Duration: 01/2018 – 12/2018

Client/Donor: Public Employment Service Vienna

Contract value: € 13.304.433

Implemented by: itworks (part of ÖSB Group)

The programme aims at increasing the employability of the target groups (youths, persons aged 50+, long-term unemployed, youths and adults granted with asylum in Austria) by (re)training attitudes and skills necessary for a sustainable integration into the labour market. The support is carried out on a practical level (work training within itworks’ social enterprise, on-the-job training and individual psychosocial support during first steps in the labour market.


Jobservice Vienna (2019)

Country: Austria

Duration: 01/2019 – 12/2019

Client/Donor: Public Employment Service Vienna

Contract value: € 1.695.210

Implemented by: itworks (part of ÖSB Group)

The programme aims at increasing the employability of the target groups (youths, persons aged 50+, long-term unemployed, youths and adults granted with asylum in Austria) by providing individual job counselling, social pedagogic support and qualification assistance to achieve job-readiness and job placements.


Jobservice Vienna (2018)

Country: Austria

Duration: 01/2018 – 12/2018

Client/Donor: Public Employment Service Vienna

Contract value: € 2.067.857

Implemented by: itworks (part of ÖSB Group)

The programme aims at increasing the employability of the target groups (youths, persons aged 50+, long-term unemployed, youths and adults granted with asylum in Austria) by providing individual job counselling, social pedagogic support and qualification assistance to achieve job-readiness and job placements.