Federal Minister Heil visits Integration Workshop in Knesebeck

The German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil, recently visited the Integration Workshop in Knesebeck. Uschi Schüller, the head of the Integration Workshop, showed him around the facility together with Tobias Heilmann (the SPD member of the state parliament), Silke Hallmann (the deputy head of the Gifhorn job centre) and regional politicians.

During the tour Heil addressed the participants directly and asked about their background and personal circumstances. He was impressed by what is produced in the individual workshops, ranging from creatively designed woodwork in the wood workshop to the cultivation of over 60 raised beds in the garden. According to Heil, "it is remarkable how strongly the Integration Workshop is networked with the companies and social institutions of the Northern District in its work." Silke Hallmann reported that "the integration workshop is unique in the Gifhorn district. In the Northern District, in particular, AGH (work opportunity) jobs are otherwise quite rare." 

The aim of the Integration Workshop is to enable the long-term unemployed and refugees in our district to participate fully and equally in all areas of society. This is intended to stabilise, activate and motivate participants and prepare them for their reintegration into society and work on the basis of their individual situation.                                                        

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