The organisation offers vocational training to participants in order to improve their personal skills, as well as a combination of practice-oriented professional traineeships and specialised coaching, with the aim to equip them with the right skills and aptitudes to gain a successful start in their professional life.
Robert Roth was the Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation (2005).
- Every year, the organisation offers 150 internship positions to young people for an average of 5-6 months, resulting in a total of 300 internships every year.
- 80% of the participants complete six-month trainings, and 90% of those who successfully complete the internship find stable employment or apprenticeship positions.
The methodology has two main pillars:
- Internships. Four days a week, students attend remunerated, six-month market-oriented internships in areas such as cooking and restaurant management, administration, housekeeping, printing, information technology, manufacturing, hairdressing, handicrafts and recycling. Jobfactory employs trainees directly in its own workshops and branches; alternatively, youth are employed by the Basel cantonal government.
- Coaching. The project also provides professional coaching through its Job Training Foundation, helping youth recognize their talents and develop their capabilities while tackling their weaknesses and deficiencies.