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“Together for Training”: The Federal Employment Agency’s “2017 Week of Training” gets under way


“Together for Training” is the theme of this year’s Week of Training, which started today and is organised by the Federal Employment Agency (BA). From 27 to 31 March, Regional Directorates, Employment Agencies and jobcenters will be promoting the dual system of vocational training on a regional level and providing information on career paths and vocational training pathways.

27 Mar 2017 | Press Release No. 7

Vocational training is the cornerstone of a successful future – for companies and young people alike. Now more than ever, companies are dependent on qualified personnel. At the same time, numerous companies are already moving away from tried-and-tested strategies, with many opening up their workplaces to young people who have come to Germany as refugees, who wish to complete their vocational training on a part-time basis, or who are already over the age of 30 but have not yet obtained a vocational qualification.

Detlef Scheele, Director Labour Market of the Federal Employment Agency: “The typical vocational trainees of the past no longer appear in the same form. Today’s trainees are much more diverse in terms of age, culture and personal circumstances. This diversity gives rise to great opportunities – both for companies and for individuals.”

Completing vocational training is a worthwhile investment in the future, even if you are over the age of 30. In summer 2016, almost 160,000 trainees were between the ages of 25 and 35, and over 27,000 were aged 35 or older.

“It is a good thing that people take advantage of a second or third chance to obtain a vocational qualification, even later in life, and to invest in their future,” says Scheele. “Ultimately, this is something that benefits both parties: the companies gain committed skilled workers, and the trainees lay the foundations for securing an independent livelihood through their work.”