Trainees of foreign origin: a large pool of potential applicants for training companies to tap into
To help counter the problem of filling vacancies in the vocational training market, many training companies have begun to recruit trainees of foreign origin. In this context, the group of immigrants already resident in Germany provides a large pool of potential applicants. At the end of 2020, for example, some 140,829 trainees in Germany had a foreign passport . As shown in Figure 1, nationals of Syria (19,134), Afghanistan (14,964) and Iraq (5,577) accounted for almost 30 per cent of international trainees. This can be explained in part by the sharp increase in the number of newly arrived refugees at school and training age in 2015 and 2016. Besides Turkey, which ranked second, EU Member States such as Italy (6,381), Poland (4,917), Romania (3,558), Croatia (3,309) and Greece (3,129) were also a major source of prospective trainees.