Redi School of Digital Integration

Using technology to break down barriers and connect the leaders of tomorrow.

CLUSTER: Innovative services and organisations focusing on migrants’ employability and work integration

START DATE: February 2016



IT, digital industry, technology

Redi School of Digital Integration

whereAm Nordbahnhof 3 10115 Berlin, Germany


Anne Kjær Riechert (Danish) and Ferdi van Heerden (South African).

Asylum seekers and Refugees.


Skills to access IT-job opportunities

ReDI School of Digital Integration is a non-profit digital school for tech-interested newcomers applying for asylum in Germany. It offers students high-quality training and the chance to collaborate with the start-up and digital industry. The aim is to provide the students with valuable digital skills and a strong network of tech leaders, students and alumni to help create new opportunities for all.

why it is

They enable refugees to meet tech industry leaders and growing companies to immerse themselves into the local startup and tech scene. Their education programmes are suited for both beginners and advanced students and designed to help them get a job in the tech or start-up industry.

Promoted the incubation of 3 start-ups, Let’s Integrate, Bureaucrazy and Jasmin, the original taste of Syria.


Team and competences:
The team is comprised of their CEO, an outreach manager, a career developer, a head of community development, a program manager and two interns.
Legal Form:
Non-profit organization

Service Description

Main Problem Addressed / Activity Sector:
Berlin has a high rise of start-ups and this represents a demand for IT workers that cannot be supplied by Germans alone. This creates an opportunity for foreigners with an education or experience in IT, but sometimes that experience or education is not recognized in Germany.
They target Refugees and Asylum seekers most come from Syria. Some have a background in IT but is not a requirement.
Solution (Project/Service):
They provide access to IT training and education, from beginners who don’t have any background or experience in their home countries but have an interest and the skills necessary to advanced who already have an IT background but need the tools and contacts to jumpstart their carriers in Germany.
From the beginning, the school has been developed through co-creation between the Berlin tech community and the students. Offering several 3 months IT programs, workshops, corporate training projects as well as short-term summer courses.


Main Milestones:
Their first pilot class was in 2,015 with 12 students, now they have just completed a semester with 180 students, some of them already have internships with their partner companies.
Main difficulties/challenges:
They have problems engaging women in technology; in the last semester out of 180 students only 12 were women.


They work almost exclusively with donations from Clogner, Facebook, Airbnb, Mercedes, and also form crowdfunding campaigns.
All the teachers are German volunteers. They also have staff members in charge of finding funds and engaging Refugees in the community.
Stakeholders and Partners:
Their biggest partner is Klöckner & Co, who is providing the space where they are currently located, and has even hired their students. They are also partners with Facebook. They have partners like Cisco and 3PC that provide corporate courses to their students.


Main Goals/challenges:
They have some problems with people dropping out, particularly people who don’t have a background in technology. They are looking to get recognized by the government and get public funding and they want to expand in other cities.
Critical Factors to manage this challenges:
They aim to co-design the curriculum with their students, trying to take into account their individual skills and circumstances. They have an app to track attendance, and they try to contact the students whenever they consider their absence might lead to them dropping out.