TIMELINE - Launched 2016
Labour market, social integration and education & training
Everest was developed by SOS Kinderdorf Berlin, a youth oriented NGO, and BSR, the state funded Berlin City Cleaning Service. Three more employers partnered with the initiative: Vivantes (healthcare), Charité CFM (healthcare logistics), and Rewe (retail). Volkshochschule (VHS), a state funded language and adult education school, supports language
acquisition. In 2019 Everest was integrated into labour-market integration supports offered by the Berlin Senate’s Dept of Education, Youth and Family.
Everest offers young people with a refugee status the chance, in a 12-18-month project period, to orient themselves professionally. They have the opportunity to learn what professions interests them, and what suits them. Language training, support in acquiring BBR certification, and psycho-social support are available. After months of individual orientation, a practical training phase begins in cooperation with employers across multiple sectors. https://www.bsr.de/everest-25373.php