About Us

The IFA association was established in 1995 as a service center to promote the mobility of skilled workers. Members include all the Austrian Economic Chambers, the Federation of Austrian Industries and the Junior Chamber Austria.

Today, IFA is the leading organization when it comes to international work experience. As a focal point for information and consulting for young people, businesses and educational institutions, IFA organizes work placements abroad, applies for and assigns the necessary funding and ensures the skills acquired abroad are recognized in Austria.

IFA specializes in assisting non-academics and provides approximately 600 apprentices, students from vocational schools, skilled workers and trainers with the opportunity to complete a work placement abroad.

Our fields of activity

  • We organize work placements abroad for apprentices.
  • We help interested individuals plan their work placements abroad.
  • We help companies and vocational schools to establish and implement exchange programs.
  • We support young people and adults from other EU countries who wish to do a work placement in Austria.
  • We promote the mobility of talented and dedicated apprentices and apprenticeship graduates (Grant for Gifted Students from the Austrian Economic Chambers and the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics).

Each year, 2,000 young people, 150 businesses, schools and other educational institutions take advantage of our services.

Why are work placements abroad so important?

Companies expect their employees to be mobile, flexible and to have international experience. Work placements abroad are the best way to improve your linguistic, professional and intercultural skills. You can count on IFA – Your partner for mobility!

All the work placements organized by IFA are paid for with funds from the EU or Austria.

Our Team

Mag.a Susanne Klimmer

Mag.a Susanne Klimmer

Roswitha Hinterstein

Roswitha Hinterstein

Deputy Director
Carina Harjani

Carina Harjani

Maternity Leave
Daria Gasslitter

Daria Gasslitter

Office Manager, Accounting and finance; Work Placements abroad for VET students
Mag.a Nina Stampfl

Mag.a Nina Stampfl

Project Manager
Work Placements abroad for apprentices and VET experts
Christina Prohammer, MA

Christina Prohammer, MA

Project Manager
Work placements abroad for apprentices, Let`s Walz
Ines-Maria Schweiger

Ines-Maria Schweiger

Project Manager
Work Placements abroad for apprentices and VET students
DI Nefeli Antoniadi, MA

DI Nefeli Antoniadi, MA

Project Manager Incomings
Apprentices and VET Experts


IFA has been organizing work placements abroad for apprentices, students, skilled workers and training officers since 1995, and since 2013, also for young entrepreneurs. All the work placements organized by IFA are paid for with funds from the EU or Austria. Among others, IFA works with the following European funding programs

  • Erasmus+ (formerly: Leonardo da Vinci; IFA has been carrying out projects under this program every year since Austria joined the EU) and
  • EYE – Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs.
  • In addition, IFA organizes work placements for apprentices
    • as part of the “Grant for Gifted Students Mobility of the Austrian Economic Chambers”,
    • funded by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and
    • the apprentice exchange projects on behalf of the Province of Styria and the Styrian Economic Chamber.

Since it was founded, IFA has organized work placements abroad for more than 7,000 people. Through these projects, IFA has established far-reaching business contacts in Austria as well as with international partner organizations in Europe and beyond – an international network that is expanded with each work placement.

IFA is involved in numerous activities concerned with quality in mobility and the recognition of skills acquired abroad. These have included

  • The introduction and marketing campaign for the Euro pass VET (now: Euro pass Mobility) to improve the transparency and comparability of qualifications obtained in Austria (from 2002 to 2011 IFA served as the central advisory and issuing authority for the Euro pass Mobility in Austria)
  • The participation of IFA staff in various working groups of the European Commission as well as on behalf of UEAPME and the EUROCHAMBRES for promoting mobility of apprentices and
  • The participation in European cooperation and networking projects for quality development in occupational mobility

IFA is an active partner in two ongoing Erasmus+ projects:


Association members


Austrian companies

Accor Hotels Österreich
Kepler Universitätsklinikum
Alois Pöttinger Maschinenfabrik GmbH
Amt der Kärntner Landesregierung
Amt der Vorarlberger Landeshauptstadt
Andritz AG
Anton Paar GmbH
Austria Metall AG
Austria Trend Hotel Europa
Autohaus Hans Pugl
AVL-List GmbH
Bombardier Rotax
Brau Union Österreich AG
Buchdruckerei Lustenau GmbH
Busatis GmbH
Elektrobau Denzel GmbH
Eurest Restaurationsbetriebs GmbH
Flughafen Wien AG
Dipl.-Ing. Franz Robier Baustellschaft m.b.H.
Fronius International GmbH
Gebrüder Weiss GmbH
Hewlett-Packard Austria GmbH
Hotel Lindner am Belvedere
Hotel Marriott
IKEA Austria GmbH
Ingrid L. Blecha GmbH
Intercontinental Wien
Josef Manner & Comp. AG
Kapsch AG
Konrad Wittwar Ges.m.b.H.
Lam Research AG
Litzlhof – Lehrwerkstätte Land Kärnten
Landwirtschaftskammer Oberösterreich
Leder & Schuh AG
Leiner GmbH
Leitz GmbH & CoKG
Magistrat der Stadt Wien
MAN Nutzfahrzeuge Süd AG
Miba Sintermetall AG
Moorheilbad Harbach
MPREIS Warenvertriebs GmbH
Netzwerk Arbeit Gesellschaft NPO
ÖBB Dienstleistungs GmbH
Opel Austria Powertrain GmbH
Pädagogische Hochschule Oberösterreich
Porsche Inter Auto GmbH & CO KG
Revita Gastronomie GmbH
Rubble Master HMH GmbH
Sandoz GmbH
SANO Transportgeräte GmbH
Scheuch GmbH
Siemens AG Österreich
Siemens SGP Verkehrstechnik
Slanina + Partner Elektrotechnik
Spar Österreichische Warenhandels-AG
SSI Schäfer Peem
Steinmetzbetriebe Bamberger
Swarovski Optik KG
Treibacher Industrie AG
Umdasch AG
Voestalpine AG
Vorarlberger Gebietskrankenkasse
Vorarlberger Illwerke
Vorarlberger Kraftwerke
Weitzer Hotels

Educational institutions in Austria

Partner institutions abroad

ADS Advancecd Design Services GmbH
Arbeit und Leben Hamburg
APCM – Assemblee Permanente Des Chambres De Metiers
Careers Europe
Celtic Internships
CFA des Métiers de l’Aérien
City of Helsinki
DAIKIN Airconditioning Central Europe
Deutscher Indutrie- und Handelskammertag (DIHK)
EUC Sjaelland
EuropartnershipAgency Plymouth
EVTEK – Espoo-Vantaa Institute of Technology
FAV Eisenach
GEA Happel Nederland B.V.
Giovani per l’Europa
Go for Europe
GTG Göteborgsregionens Tekniska Gymnasium
Helsinki Business College (HBC)
Industrie- und Handelskammer für München und Oberbayern
ITEVEC – Institut des techniques de vente et de commercialisation
James Watt College of Further & Higher Education
Kossuth Lajos Bilingual Secondary Technical School
Kreishandwerkerschaft Schleswig
Kreishandwerkerschaft Schleswig – GBA
Lapland Vocational College
Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GMBH
Lycée professionnel du Sidobre
Lycée professionnel LE DOLMEN
Paragon Europe
Partnership Europe Cork
Pohjois-Satakunnan ammatti instituutti
Primorje DD
Relais Saint-Roch
RSM Tenon Bristol
Šolski Center Velenje
Stadt München
Städtische Berufsschule für Spedition und Touristik München
Städtische Berufsschule für Zahntechnik, Chemie-, Biologie- und Drogerieberufe München
Stage Malta
Stiftelsen Utbildning Nordkalotten
Tampere College
The IBD Partnership Portsmouth
The Slaney Language School Wexford
Training Vison
TWIN Education & Travel
Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks (ZDH)

Other partners