Berlin (dpa) – In trade, more apprenticeships have been filled in recent weeks after the difficulties in the Corona crisis, but there are gaps.
“If all players in vocational training are still on a real final push, 2020 may not be a lost year of learning for Corona,” said Hans Peter Wollseifer, chairman of the trade, of the German press agency. Thanks to a race to catch up, it was possible to significantly narrow the gap between the previous year, which was still large in early summer, for the newly concluded training contracts.
At the end of October, there were still more than 17,000 apprenticeships available in the trade. Around 131,000 new apprenticeship contracts were registered from January to October. Compared to the same month last year, this was a decrease of 7.3 percent, but the gap was significantly smaller than in the summer.
“Even if it is unlikely that we will be able to reach the level of the previous year, we will almost certainly do better than in the financial crisis, when the disadvantage for new training contracts was around 7 percent at the end of the year,” Wollseifer said. “Now we have two more months for young people to enter the business.” Even in the pandemic, training remains high on the company’s agenda. “They know that young people who are not trained now will be missing as qualified specialists in the future.” Even after the official start of the training year, the training can continue on December 1 or even later.
The federal government had established financial incentives. Companies that continue to form during the crisis or even increase the number of apprenticeships receive a bonus.
According to the Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks (Central Association of German Craftsmen), the number of applications that have been submitted so far entitled to funding is at a low level, although slightly increasing. The specific data will be published by the Federal Employment Agency at the end of November. The low number of applications is likely due to “restrictive funding requirements”.
The corona pandemic has had a significant impact on the state of the training market this year. Career orientation was much more difficult, so training fairs and other events were canceled.
As announced by the Federal Employment Agency at the end of October, a total of 530,000 apprenticeships were reported to employment agencies and job centers from October 2019 to September 2020, 41,700 less than a year earlier. In contrast, 473,000 applicants turned to employment agencies, 38,000 less than the previous year. A total of 29,000 applicants are not yet supported, but 60,000 apprenticeships are still open.
Federal Agency Executive Director Detlef Scheele had asked the companies to provide apprenticeships. “The issue is the need for skilled workers, the pandemic will pass,” Scheele said: “If you don’t train, you won’t have employees.”