Prospective industrial electrician in a training center in Remscheid
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Almost 40 percent of the apprenticeship positions in Germany that could have been filled by companies had not been allocated by September in the current apprenticeship year.
This is the result of a study by the Nuremberg Institute for Employment Research (IAB).
In smaller companies with fewer than 50 employees and in construction, the crisis is particularly pronounced, said the head of the institute, Bernd Fitzenberger.
According to this, 49 percent of the smaller companies stayed with the training positions they offered. In the construction industry even 60 percent of the apprenticeship positions remained vacant. "We are in a corona crisis in training that could have dramatic consequences," said Fitzenberger. The situation has an impact on the potential of skilled workers in Germany, but also on the life satisfaction of young people. In the case of high school graduates, this collapsed dramatically.
The IAB surveyed companies entitled to train in the period from 6 to 20 September.
Not all of the training positions that companies would have liked to have been reported to the Federal Agency for.
Accordingly, the figures do not completely match the figures published by the Federal Agency.
According to this, 63,200 positions were still open at the end of September, compared to 24,200 unplaced applicants.
The companies cited the lack of applications and suitable applicants as the main reasons for not filling training positions.
"We can't really afford not to employ young people who apply," said Fitzenberger.
The companies would have to be more willing to compromise.
Overall, according to the Federal Employment Agency, the number of those looking for a training place fell by 7.7 percent in the current training year.
dab / dpa