Responsibilities of the Job Center Dortmund
The Jobcenter Dortmund pays out the unemployment benefit II. If other means or social benefits (such as unemployment benefits) are not sufficient, the Jobcenter thus takes over the basic financial security of job-seeking Dortmund residents in order to cover their living expenses. At present, the social labour market service provider looks after and advises around 80,000 recipients of unemployment benefit II. The Job Center's primary goal is to reduce this number as much as possible and to support people on their way to being able to earn their own living on a permanent basis. Also because of the essential importance of gainful employment for social integration, the Jobcenter Dortmund places the sustainable placement in a living wage job in the labour market at the forefront of its efforts. In addition, the Jobcenter Dortmund also advises its customers on matters relating to benefits - also with the aim of overcoming the need for assistance.
The Jobcenter Dortmund also advises interested Dortmund employers on hiring (long-term) unemployed persons, supports the search for personnel and decides on possible wage subsidies.
The job centre as a joint federal and municipal institution
The Jobcenter Dortmund is a so-called "joint institution" of the federal government and the municipality. Pursuant to Section 44c of the Social Code II, the two agencies are the Federal Employment Agency and the City of Dortmund. The work of the Jobcenter Dortmund and its integration into the local political, social and economic structures of the city is controlled by three bodies.
The two sponsors of the joint institution Jobcenter Dortmund - the Dortmund Employment Agency and the City of Dortmund - meet in the sponsors' assembly. At the end of 2005, the City of Dortmund assumed the decisive voting right in the six-member body. The chairwoman is city councillor Birgit Zoerner. Also represented is Heike Bettermann, Chairwoman of the Management Board of the Dortmund Employment Agency.
In order to involve local politics, the two providers have convened a committee in which representatives from the City Council of Dortmund and the Employment Agency make recommendations to the Board of Owners. The committee meets once a quarter.
The Advisory Board of the Dortmund Job Centre meets at least twice a year. The Dortmund regional manager of the DGB Dortmund-Hellweg, Ms Jutta Reiter, and the managing director of the metal industry association for Dortmund and the surrounding area, Mr Ernst-Peter Brasse, alternate as chair every year. The 20 members of this committee are made up of welfare organisations, the political groups in the City Council of Dortmund, the Chamber of Crafts, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, trade unions, business associations and qualification providers. The advisory board has an advisory function, it is to assist in the development of regional solution concepts, to help work out the framework criteria of labour market policy, to address future issues and to promote social consensus.