Düsseldorf (dpa / lnw) - The SPD opposition in the state parliament is calling for a bonus for everyone who decides to do an apprenticeship in energy-related areas at short notice or who has just started doing so. "Too many hands are missing for the energy transition," said the Vice-Chairman of the SPD parliamentary group, Alexander Vogt, explaining the SPD's initiative on industrial policy in North Rhine-Westphalia, which was presented in Düsseldorf on Wednesday.
As early as 2020, according to figures from the Federal Employment Agency, there was a temporary shortage of more than 21,000 workers in the fields of energy, electrical and air conditioning technology. At the beginning of this training year there were only 98,000 people interested in 107,000 positions in NRW.
"At the same time, around 35,000 young people in NRW are still looking for an apprenticeship," emphasized Vogt. "Here the state government is required to create more incentives." This could be a bonus paid as a 13th salary for high-flyers in the energy industry - especially for trainees in the trades.
The SPD also proposes that journeymen and master craftsmen who are doing further training in the energy sector - such as solar technicians or storage technology consultants - be reimbursed for the course fees after they have passed the exam. The state government must also specify a specific goal for saving energy and show ways in which it can be achieved. An "energy summit" would be helpful for this, which would bring all the players together to clarify what part business, local authorities, the state and other stakeholders could contribute, explained Vogt. In addition, an information campaign is missing.