Companies competing for new apprentices

Dhe Corona crisis had temporarily blocked the way to vocational training for many young people. For a long time there was even concern that the placement of apprenticeships this year would be even more difficult to get going than in 2020 because of the long lockdown. But now there are increasing signs of a strong improvement. In addition to the skilled trades, the liberal professions, such as doctors, lawyers and tax consultants, are also seeing a significant increase in newly concluded training contracts.

By the end of June, 23,850 applicants had found a training place there for the apprenticeship year beginning in late summer. That is 6.8 percent or 1511 more than in 2020, as an evaluation by the Federal Association of Liberal Professions (BFB) shows. It is available to the FAZ. The pre-crisis level has not yet been fully reached, arithmetically the arithmetic deficit compared to 2019 at the end of June was 958 contracts or 3.7 percent. But the “race to catch up” is going on, emphasizes BFB President Wolfgang Ewer.

He invites young people: Among the “diverse, varied and demanding apprenticeships in practices, law firms, offices and pharmacies” there is “something for every talent and inclination”. The lockdown in spring made contacts between applicants and companies very difficult. The hope is that the resulting delay can be made up in the short term through intensive advertising and mediation.

Before that, the pandemic had indeed caused a major setback on the training market: across all professions and sectors, 11 percent fewer young people found an apprenticeship position in the past year than in 2019. However, this was not only due to the fact that companies were looking for fewer trainees due to economic hardship. Since career counseling, internships and training exchanges did not take place to the usual extent, the number of applicants fell even more than the number of places, as the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) shows.



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