Building Bridges. International Services

More than 65 years of project management experience and a track record of more than 10,000 successfully implemented programmes and projects worldwide demonstrate the IB’s know-how in project design, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation. This experience has enabled the IB to gain sound recognition as a reliable partner of bilateral and multilateral cooperation and donor agencies such as the European Union (EU), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) or the World Bank.

The IB is currently present in education, training and social development markets in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Northern Africa and Asia (e.g. Belgium, Poland, Turkey, The People‘s Republic of China, and Georgia). With its subsidiaries abroad it offers service provision and consulting services in all sectors of its expertise. Since 2010 IB integrates young adults from countries with a high unemployment rate into work in Germany mostly in the health care sector. 2000 young people have been employeed by institutions located in Germany.


Development Cooperation

International Migration Services

In 2011, the IB started to develop the International Migration Services – recruitment of skilled workers abroad – in order to help unemployed young adults from abroad to find a job in Germany.
Annually, the IB helps around 200 young people into a career in Germany. The IB is offering modular services including language courses, integration services, accommodation and support to job seekers. The well-trained and motivated experts learn German in intensive language courses and live in hotels, host families or in houses or apartments offered by the IB.
The experts are recruited abroad and afterward qualified for the labour market in Germany. Clients looking for experts are supported by the IB partner organizations abroad, who are in charge of the preselection process. The recruitment of experts, e.g. nursing staff in clinics is implemented by the IB, its partner organisations, and the client.
A tailor-made requirement profile is created for the desired candidates. The companies determine the criteria for the profile in cooperation with the partners in the respective countries. Experts from Southern and Eastern Europe are mostly integrated into work. The selection of suitable specialists takes place after a preselection in the home country. IB particularly considers the qualification level of the respective applicants. They should have at least the required technical training, the relevant university degree or the required technical conditions.

The following modules are part of the IB International Migration Services:

1. Accommodation

During the integration language course, the future employees are accommodated and cared well either in one of IBs’ guest houses, hotels, boarding houses or in host families with half-board.

2. Care and Support

Immediately after arrival in Germany, during an introductory week all necessary matters and formalities such as registration, opening account, accommodation and etc. are arranged. In addition, during the language qualification phase, if desired also a competent contact person with appropriate language skills in the mother tongue of future specialists is available to assist the participants.

3. Half-board

The shared flats have common rooms, self-catering kitchens, and sanitary facilities. During the language course, the students are provided with breakfast and lunch at our educational centre. In the evening, one can prepare his or her own dinner in the shared kitchen.

4. Integration

By integrating socio-cultural elements about the German lifestyle, IB facilitates the arrival of participants and creates the basis for their sustainable integration.

5. Intensive language course

After their arrival and an introductory week, future specialists will complete 4-5 months intensive courses, divided into 400 hours of language course and 30 hours of orientation course. The language promotion phase ends with a language test at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, (Deutsch-Test fuer Zuwanderer – DTZ). 

The partner organization is providing the following services:

6. Recruitment in the respective country

The basis for the selection of the candidates is the qualifications, which are relevant for the partner organizations in the countries of origin. The partner organizations carry out the pre-selection of candidates. Of course, the companies determine the criteria for the job profiles.  The IB partners also provide their support in the arrangement of all the necessary preparations for the selected specialists to enter Germany.


The IB also supports young adults from abroad to find an apprenticeship in Germany. Similar to the acquisition of skilled workers abroad, the IB is responsible for accommodation, language qualification, integration and support of the young people.
The IB especially focuses on supporting regions with a high unemployment rate to ensure future perspectives for the young adults. Special attention is paid to the minimum qualifications of the candidates. A prerequisite is to have the A-levels (Abitur). The selection of suitable applicants is carried out together with the employer in the respective country. In some cases, funding opportunities are also available, for example, by the employment agency. An examination of the conditions is carried out in advance.