Crafts Association: Almost 30.000 apprenticeship positions still vacant

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By the end of August, 12.100 fewer training contracts had been concluded in Germany than in the previous year - a decrease of ten percent.

"The training market has clearly been listed by Corona," said the General Secretary of the Central Association of German Crafts (ZDH), Holger Schwannecke, of the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung". According to this, almost 30.000 training positions are still open.

According to Schwannecke's figures, 18,3 percent fewer training contracts were concluded in the period from January to May compared to the same period last year, 16,6 percent fewer in June and 13 percent fewer at the end of July. “We have to be able to fill as many vacancies as possible. The companies want to train. And I can only encourage young people to start an apprenticeship in the trade, because the chances are great, ”said Schwannecke. The craft will play a key role in climate protection, energy efficiency, sustainability, mobility, e-health and smart homes over the next few years. In order to relieve the companies in the corona pandemic, Schwannecke called for the costs of training for the companies to be reduced by not paying any social security contributions in the training relationship. “The student is insured with his parents until he is 25. During the training, the trainee and the company pay these costs. "And it is a long way from verbally invoked, but still not equal treatment of professional and academic education in everyday life," said Schwannecke.