Germany: the Giant in Need of Skills
Although Germany’s investment in Higher and Vocational Education is exemplary, The Deutscher Industrie – und Handelskmmertag reports a persistent shortage of skilled labour.
This is partly due to demographic changes. Internal migration from the EU is alleviating the problem, but there are regions and occupations where more talent is needed, despite the recent economic crisis.
The Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie is well aware of the highly-valued contribution of specialised talent.
Their “Competence Center Securing Skilled Workers” (Kofa) supports small and medium-sized companies in finding, retaining and qualifying skilled workers.