Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil (SPD) wants to counteract the shortage of skilled workers in Germany with a new further training law.

Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil (SPD) wants to advance further training in Germany with a new training period and other instruments. This should also counteract the growing shortage of skilled workers, Heil told the German Press Agency in Berlin. “We will set the right course and exploit all domestic potential.”

“Currently, around 45,000 students leave school every year without a degree,” said Heil. “And we have 1.3 million people between the ages of 20 and 30 without initial vocational training.” Today, these people are often seen in the job centers. “We will change that,” announced Heil. “With the new citizens’ allowance, we make it possible to catch up on school and vocational qualifications.”

“And with a new further training law we are creating additional opportunities,” said the minister. According to the Austrian model, a period of education in Germany is made possible. “Once employees and employers have agreed on further training, you can have a year of professional training.”

Heil explained: “Maintenance is ensured through funds from the Federal Employment Agency, at the level of unemployment benefit, i.e. 60 percent for single people, 67 percent with children.” You kill two birds with one stone and support the employees to develop further, also to ascend. “And you secure the skilled labor base because new qualifications will be in demand in many sectors.”