Newsletter 02/2023: The benefit of foreign qualified professionals to the German skilled crafts sector
Dear reader,
Welcome to the new issue of the "Make it in Germany" newsletter. Keep up to date with the key developments in the field of immigration of skilled workers in Germany. Your "Make it in Germany" team wishes you an enjoyable read!
In the spotlight
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Whether in the building and electrical trade or in plumbing, heating and air-conditioning – Germany has a shortage of qualified craftspeople. What are the benefits of recruiting qualified professionals from abroad to fill vacancies, and what do you need to think about during the process? This article gives you an overview of the severe skills shortage and the options for employing foreign qualified professionals in the skilled crafts.
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Did you know that…?
24.3% of the German population had an immigration history (in 2022).
Source: Federal Statistical Office of Germany, 2023
Updates on "Make it in Germany"
The transport industry is looking for skilled workers. Freight and passenger transport drivers are particularly in demand. The new dossier in the “Professions in demand” section provides an overview of the opportunities for people from abroad.
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Employers looking for inspiration can now click through a series of success stories in recruitment from abroad and recognition, where both companies and immigrants share their experience. Please note that the database is only available in German.
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Guest article
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Craft enterprises in Thuringia that are looking for skilled workers or hoping to attract young talent should take a closer look at the CRAFT project. Erfurt Chamber of Crafts and Trades places trainees and skilled workers from four countries, prepares them for entry to Germany, and provides further support throughout their stay.
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