Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Chamber of Industry and Commerce on labor shortages: pull out all the stops

For many businesses, the lack of workers makes things uncomfortable.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Chamber of Industry and Commerce on labor shortages: pull out all the stops

For many businesses, the lack of workers makes things uncomfortable. In many cases there is no way to fill vacancies.

Rostock (dpa/mv) - According to the Rostock Chamber of Industry and Commerce, politics and business must pull out all the stops in order to keep the effects of the ever-increasing shortage of skilled workers as small as possible. There must also be a change in awareness, said Berit Heintz, head of the IHK's training and further education division.

In the early summer economic survey, almost 50 percent of companies described the shortage of skilled workers as one of the biggest problems for the future - after energy and raw material prices. It is not just about replacing people who are leaving for reasons of age. Economic growth requires additional workers.

According to Heintz, the integration of people with disabilities into working life belongs to the category of potentials that are far from being exhausted. An offer for dual training could also be presented to more exmatriculated students without a degree. After the end of the regular working life, people should be able to continue working more easily if they wanted to.

Another way would be to use model projects to pave the way for people who are far from working life. In addition, depending on the duration of unemployment, the qualification can be divided into modules lasting several months in order to prevent excessive demands.

Increased immigration is one of the ways of getting the problems under control. Referring to an estimate for Germany as a whole, according to which 400,000 immigrants are needed per year, Heintz assumed that up to 7000 immigrants would have to come to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania every year.

Since 2020, the IHK Rostock has been part of the pilot project "Hand in Hand for International Talents" as one of five chambers in Germany. Its goal is to position itself better for immigration. There you can see how the processes can be better designed, including the recognition or partial recognition of professional qualifications. There are first successes in the investigation with the placement of specialists for gastronomy and information technology.

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