As one of the 16 regional agencies in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the agency Region Cologne is implementing the state government’s labour policy. It seeks to pick up the local strengths and challenges in order to support the competitive ability of local companies and the employability of the people living in the area. Together with the local stakeholders, the regional agency develops and promotes concepts, programmes and projects to improve the companies’ competitiveness, to qualify the employees, to organise the pass from school to work life and to integrate specific target groups in the regular labour market. The regional agency is partner for the local companies and applies funds provided by the European Social Fund (ESF) wherever employability and competitiveness need a long-term boost. For a key concern programms and funding lines (e.g. “Youth for Job”, “Part-time vocational training /TEP” aimed at those with family commitments, “Production School. NRW”, “Consulting services for strengthening the future potential of SME”, “Training voucher” and “Consulting services for professional career”) as well as particular projects with a specific reference to the needs of the local labour market are placed to save the professional skills. In addition, the agency supports the development and cultivation of cooperation and networking within the region.
ManagementBirgit Steuer (Management )
Year of establishment2004
Business activityLabour market development
securing skilled professionals
TurnoverEU/NRW funding for the region of Cologne: on average one million euros each month