Evaluation of Work Integration Social Enterprises in the Context of New Challenges

The study provides a survey and evaluation of the current project structures in the area of work integration social enterprises that offer transitional jobs to unemployed job-seekers with placement difficulties. It examines whether employment, accompanying training and socio-pedagogical support are effective in facilitating a (re-)integration into the first labour market. The results of a counterfactual impact evaluation suggest that transitional work strengthens individuals' labour force participation on average and enhances their employment prospects. Women and older workers benefit more from participation than men and prime-age people. The study identifies project characteristics that contribute to favourable labour market outcomes. Moreover, it reveals potential for optimisation – against the backdrop of a growing target group of elderly people with health problems.