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Crafts improve training opportunities for refugees

Many training companies are desperately looking for young people - and many refugees are looking for work. If you now think that bringing both sides together shouldn't be a big problem, you should take a few hours to read the many, many texts that play a role: the laws on flight, immigration and access on training and work, the training regulations, the rules for the recognition of foreign school and professional qualifications. It's all very complicated, a lot of bureaucracy. Only in the rarest of cases does a refugee just start an apprenticeship. But something is happening.

In February the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal Employment Agency and the Central Association of German Crafts launched a new funding initiative. It is called "Paths to Training for Refugees" and is intended to place up to 10,000 refugees in vocational training over the next two years. The Federal Ministry of Education is providing 20 million euros for 2016 alone.

New long-term program for young refugees
If you know a refugee and want to tell him about the new funding program, you need to know two things: The funding is not intended for everyone, but only for the appropriate age group. And the program has three stages that build on each other.

In terms of age, “Paths to Training for Refugees” is aimed at refugee boys, men, girls and women who are no longer compulsory schooling in their respective federal state (depending on where they live, also younger than 18), but if possible not older than 25 years. “We know that around half of the refugees are under the age of 25, and many of them have good prospects to stay. Their integration can succeed if we support them in getting an apprenticeship position, ”explains Federal Education Minister Johanna Wanka.

The three stages of training placement work as follows: First, the refugees attend an official integration course or a comparable German course. Then they take part in the “Perspectives for young refugees in the skilled trades” measure for four to six months via the employment agency or the job center. The third is a three-month course on “Vocational Orientation for Refugees”. During this time, the refugees can try out up to three skilled trades in training workshops, and then practice their dream job in the company in a very realistic way. In addition, they learn the most important words and phrases for their everyday work. Those in charge promise whoever has managed all of this and fulfills the requirements under asylum and residence law will have a trainee position in their dream trade.

Interview with Hans-Peter Wollsiefen

ZDH President Hans-Peter Wollsiefen explains in an interview how refugees should be integrated into the dual vocational training system.