15 Nov 2017 | Press Release No. 26
The Federal Employment Agency (BA) of Germany is also participating this year, as an active member of the Public Employment Service Network (PES); and is launching various nationwide activities for employers.
"Companies must become even more open to new ways of finding suitable applicants for their employment and training positions", explains Raimund Becker, Regional Board Member for BA. "Especially, small and medium-sized employers face the challenge of securing their junior employees through structured and well-planned training and further education in times of skilled worker demand.
Every candidate for job and training has strengths and talents. Whether long-term unemployed, low-skilled, or single parent - even if barriers to integration predominate at first glance, each of these people has individual strengths and can be a valuable asset to a company”.
At the EED, the employment agencies, with the support of their employer services, will audition companies nationwide and sensitise them to vocational education and training topics, as well as provide comprehensive information.
Raimund Becker attended an extraordinary and successful project in Pasewalk on the occasion of the European Employers' Day. Under the name "Clever mind - Główka pracuje", companies in the Greifswald region, are attracting young Poles to study in Germany - a unique project with the intensive support of the Employment Agency and the EURES network.
Raimund Becker praised the "Asklepios Klinik Pasewalk", as well as the "Vocational School Dr. Erich Paulun", where he got into conversation with the actors, the employer and the former Polish trainees. “This innovative apprenticeship training is based on many activities of all network partners", says Raimund Becker. "It shows us that finding applicants with appropriate skills and talents does not have to happen in old ways of thinking, and exclusively right at our front door at home”.
Since 2011, 47 companies have won a total of 129 motivated apprentices from neighboring countries, thanks to the "Clever Mind" project; and many of them later went on to work in the company that trained them. Germany and Poland have been maintaining a close and mutual exchange of applicants in their border regions, since 2003.
Information about the project can be found at: www.cleveres-köpfchen.de