Inspiring and attracting young people to the skilled crafts has become one of the great challenges of our time. In the light of demographic developments and the wave of academisation, the potential in and around Thuringia with regard to suitable trainees, in particular, will be unable to meet the demand for (young) skilled workers.
Consequently, more and more companies are dependent on unlocking new employee potential. This includes the needs-based recruitment of people from abroad who are interested in being trained and employed in Germany.
What is CRAFT?
By launching the new CRAFT project, Erfurt Chamber of Crafts and Trades (HWK) has created a tool to help interested member companies from Thuringia find apprentices and skilled workers from abroad in more than 130 different professions (which vary widely in the skilled crafts sector, ranging from bakeries/butchers to electronics/mechatronics, wood construction, dental technology, optics and acoustics, hairdressing, cosmetics and photography).
Who is CRAFT aimed at?
The project prioritises the countries of Vietnam, Georgia, Moldova and Kazakhstan. The focus is on targeted – and therefore needs-based – migration, which primarily addresses training migration in the first phase of the project. Later on in the project, our offer will also be directed at pre-trained specialists wishing to migrate to Germany within the recognition procedure. We [HWK Erfurt, editor’s note] have already started asking our member companies about their needs in this context.