Developing new forms of employment for people who are disadvantaged on the labour market

From old to new: How new bags are made out of old flags, and long-term unemployed people get a second chance on the labour market.

Project description

Due to the current tight situation on the labour market, and the negative prognoses for the future, more and more people suffer from long-term unemployment. Appropriate action to help the long-term unemployed can also lead to permanent creation of new types of jobs.

In the RE:design[net]WORK and Redesign plus projects, new design objects were made out of waste products or objects that were no longer needed. Sturdy, tear-resistant bags were made from old flags, creative earrings were made from puzzle pieces, and rings were made out of coins – every item was an individual piece and therefore unique. Designers guaranteed the originality and the attractiveness of the products while long-term unemployed were in charge of the production process.

The aim of this cross-border cooperation, between Austria and Slovakia and Austria and Hungary, was to raise the population’s awareness for sustainable consumption and nature preservation on both sides of the border. At the same time, the goal was to create new, long-term forms of employment in order to help disadvantaged people qualify for their first job or their return to the labour market within a relatively short period of time. 

Key facts

Project duration
Funding programme ETC Austria-Hungary 2007-2013
Project partners

Regionalmanagement Burgenland GmbH - Zentrum für Kreativwirtschaft (Eisenstadt, AT)

designaustria (Vienna, AT)

Regionale Gemeinschaftsinitiative Oststeirisches Kernland (Kaindorf bei Hartberg, AT)

The Kisalföld Foundation for Enterprise Promotion (Leadpartner) (Győr, HU)

University of West Hungary (Sopron, HU)

Budget of the Viennese project partners  € 83.700 thereof ERDF: € 71.100