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Federal Initiative New Quality of Work (INQA)

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
The programme bundles together a multiplicity of activities of the Federal Ministry for Employment and / Social Affairs concerning the quality and sustainability of work. Though the programme is not restricted to older workers, it is clearly focused on demographic ageing and a ‰working longer¡ agenda. The programme consists of / (1) networking activities (roundtables with social partners, HR practitioners, professional consultants) / (2) knowledge transfer (conferences, website, good practice database, online tools, leaflets, brochures) / (3) applied research funding / (4) testing of models and tools on the shop floor.
Target group
Older Workers
Policy Field
  • education
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • public
  • publicly mandated to non-state organisation
Duration of the policy
Since 2011
Scope of innovation
  • Budgets: 9 million annually; about 5 million of these available for project funding, remainder for public awareness activities
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: 4,000 employers and 2 million employees involved
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The general objective is to help firms and the social partners at sectoral and firm level to develop and use human resources in sustainable ways and thus to foster the employability of workforces. This includes foresight of age structures and training needs within the firm, life-long learning activities, co-operation and knowledge transfer between generations of workers, combating hazards at work and developing strategies for coping with inevitable strain, management of health-related absence and supporting re-integration after the return to work, opening up pathways to alternative careers for workers unable / to continue in their previous capacity, and the general promotion of diversity management and inclusive strategies.
Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
The general objective is to foster a sustainable and more age-friendly working environment and to maintain firms¡ innovative capacity and competitiveness under conditions of demographic ageing
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • typical strategy for the innovation (optional; according to Obinger)-flexicurity
Type of innovation
  • new form of partnership or cooperation
  • new form of policy implementation/delivery
New outputs
  • learning workplaces
  • lifelong learning
Intended target group
All employees, with some emphasis on older workers and the perspective that all workers will be older eventually (‰sustainability of work¡ perspective); on the employers¡s side clear focus on SME¡s (under the assumption that large companies have the necessary HR resources and professional knowledge themselves)
Working age population
  • main source of income: paid work
Employers-private institutional actors
the programme involves and targets mainly private, not public employers, with an emphasis on SME¡s
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • making/implementation and/or evaluation-central state (federal ministry)
  • making/implementation and/or evaluation-employees (organised or individual)
  • making/implementation and/or evaluation-employers (organised or individual)
  • making/implementation and/or evaluation-private not-for-profit organisations (e.g. Third Sector organisation or NGO) (commissioned to manage projects funded in the framework of the programme )
Intended output
  • learning workplaces
  • lifelong learning
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