31 Jul 2017 | Press Release No. 17
For the last four years, the Federal Employment Agency (BA) and the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH have been recruiting and qualifying carers for the German labour market, within the framework of the Triple Win programme, from Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Philippines. Since March, Tunisia has been included as the fourth country, in the programme. Through Triple Win, nurses are being recruited, prepared and supported during their integration into the workplace, up to the recognition of foreign qualifications in Germany.
On the 31st of July, we have now welcomed the 1,000th. carer to be recommended through the programme in Munich. Jannette Dela Cruz is from the Philippines and is a trained nurse. After completing linguistic and cultural preparatory training, she is now working in an elderly care facility of the Caritas Association in Munich.
In the countries participating in the Triple Win project, there is a surplus of well-trained nurses who cannot find adequate employment in their country of origin.
"In Germany, on the other hand, there is a growing demand for qualified elderly care, healthcare and nursing staff. Among other reasons, this is due to demographic development. Of course, we are also trying to mobilize domestic employees and to advertise for young people to train in the care sector. On the other hand, we need the foreign forces and want to offer these people a long-term perspective," explains Raimund Becker, Regional Director of the Federal Employment Agency.
Triple Win thus represents a benefit for all sides:
- The programme contributes to covering the need for specialists in Germany.
- The labour markets in the countries of origin are eased because there are not enough jobs available for carers. In addition, the countries benefit from the financial reverse transfer of earnings by the nurses.
- The people themselves profit from new career prospects in Germany.
"Our main goal is to make labour migration fair and sustainable," emphasizes Maja Bernhardt, Head of the project at GIZ, "Triple Win serves both the goals of the labour market and developmental policies. It allows for safe and responsible migration that meets the interests of the countries of origin and counteracts the deficit of skilled workers in Germany in the care sector. The focus is on the nursing staff, whom we support closely during their preparations in their home country, and after their arrival in Germany; and we support them in their long-term integration."
Immigration can only be successful if integration is successful not only into the labour market, but also into the social environment. Language- and preparatory courses are already being held in the home country, so that these people, once in Germany, can cope well when facing linguistic, cultural and professional challenges. Having arrived in Germany, integration is supported- right up to the final professional recognition.
Employers also benefit from this: employers get well-prepared and qualified employees through the individual language and professional preparation, as well as the support during the integration.
Doris Schneider, Managing Director of Nursing Homes in the Diocesan Caritas Association, can confirm this: "Working with the Triple Win project is an excellent opportunity to attract motivated specialists who are already prepared for their tasks in their country of origin. The complex coordination with the authorities in both countries is significantly simplified for us by the competent partners; and we can profit from the many different experiences."
Meanwhile, the Diocesan Caritas Association employs 33 foreign nurses, whom they have hired through the Triple Win programme.
With Triple Win, BA and GIZ offer a comprehensive service package for German employers: from the selection of suitable applicants to the linguistic preparation in the home country and the support of formalities, such as visa applications, to the qualification recognition procedure in Germany and support during integration on site - overall, a lengthy and complex process.
After four years of operating this programme, Triple Win has established itself and is becoming increasingly popular in the care communities. Recently, the programme gained other well-known organisations, such as the German Hospital Society (DKG), as partners.
Internationally, Triple Win is also a flagship programme, recognised by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Federation of Trade Unions (PSI) as a programme promoting best practices. The UN report "Report of the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth" focuses on cooperation between Germany and the Philippines within the Triple Win Programme, and praises it as a best practice.
Interested employers can participate in the programme at any time. Current information, background material, and experience reports from employers and carers already employed from the project countries can be accessed at: www.triple-win-pflegekraefte.de
A video about Triple Win.