Fonds Soziales Wien welcomes the first caregivers from the Philippines

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The City of Vienna and the Vienna Social Fund want to bring around 150 caregivers from the Philippines to Vienna. The first five have already arrived.
The team at Casa Kagran warmly welcomed the five new caregivers.
Long waiting times for mobile services at home, too few staff, and bed blockages in care homes: according to the Chamber of Labour (AK), there will be a shortage of around 75,000 workers in the care sector by 2030. The City of Vienna and Fonds Soziales Wien (FSW) now want to bring around 150 Filipino carers to the capital. The first five have already arrived.

From the airport to the care sector: “Wanted a meaningful job”
Since the beginning of March, the quintet of women have joined the Casa Leben care home Casa Kagran (Donaustadt) team, which accommodates ten shared houses, each with 14 people needing care.

German at B1 level
The qualified carers are fully trained, have at least two years of professional experience, and can speak German at the B1 level. In Vienna, they are provided with living space, basic housing requirements, and a SIM card. They also receive support in accessing a bank account or organizing language courses.

“Working with the people here is fun, and it’s nice to have arrived in Vienna. We have been warmly welcomed by the team and are well supported,” reports Michelle Jean, one of the new caregivers.

Visit from Councillor Hacker
City Councillor for Social Affairs Peter Hacker (SPÖ), FSW Managing Director Susanne Winkler, and Casa Leben Managing Director Matthias Steinklammer paid a visit to the women to gain an impression of the work area and everyday life of their Filipino colleagues.

“Carers from third countries are one of many measures the City of Vienna took to attract skilled workers in the care and nursing sectors. The Vienna Social Fund and its partner organizations, such as Casa Leben, ensure that people have a good start here in Vienna,” said Hacker.
Further partner organizations in planning
Further arrivals of Filipino carers are expected from the summer onwards, and other organizations, in addition to Casa Leben, are also in talks to host them. “Together with our partner organizations, we are ensuring a well-coordinated process so that the professional arrival of the new colleagues and the existing teams in the care homes is a success,” explains FSW boss Winkler.

  • source: heute.at/picture: City of Vienna/Markus Wache
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