Training in Corona times: A lost Generation?

The new training year begins for many young people, under very different circumstances than expected. Still, the world was literally open to The seemingly endle

Training in Corona times: A lost Generation?

The new training year begins for many young people, under very different circumstances than expected. Still, the world was literally open to The seemingly endless economic boom and the increasing shortage of skilled personnel ensured that the company tears itself to you. A merit of collective wage, good opportunities, a grant to the licence: everything is not uncommon. With the outbreak of the pandemic, the situation was suddenly completely different. At once political, trade unions and business associations were concerned, a whole Year of school leavers could stay through the crisis and to the "Generation of Corona", with the consequences for the economy as a whole, would in the future lack the much-needed professionals.

These Worries were not unjustified, and they continue to exist. The week-long Lockdown has hit many businesses hard, especially smaller, which represent a large part of the training courses. But what kind of craftsman, restaurateur or hairdressing does not lead interviews, if he knows whether his company survived the crisis at all? In addition, the training measure could not take place, the vocational counsellors of the employment agencies go into the schools, many internships fail had to. All of this is only starting slowly. The Appeals to the company, despite the recession, continue to form, not faded, therefore, even after the official Start of the new school year.

More jobs than applicants

however, There are first signs that at least from the point of view of the candidates on the training market so dramatic as in the meantime, fears. Although the number of training places reported by companies in the employment agencies has declined significantly. In July, there were close to 495,000, approximately 8 percent less than a year ago. However, in the past two months, a catching-up process, lets hope. And the Federal Agency for employment reported that employers had not withdrawn their teaching careers so far, in great style, but after the Lockdown, only with a time delay – with six to eight weeks of delay – fill.

Because at the same time, the number of applicants has significantly decreased, also by a good 8 per cent on 439.000, the output location for you with a calculator is currently similar to last year. The statistics show that there are even more of a Surplus of training places, even if the aggregate values conceal that the Situation in Berlin, Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia is less favourable, and for some professions, significantly fewer training places are available. Examples are the metal and Electrical trades, hairdressing, hospitality and commercial area.

Germany needs well-trained professionals

All of this, however, cannot conceal the fact, to ensure that the other great challenge – the future need for skilled workers – still is not solved. Because no one knows how much of the backlog can be caught up and what happens should it come back, to limitations of public life. On the other, because the has started the downward trend already before the outbreak of the crisis. In March, the number of training places was 6 percent below the previous year. As a reason, the already weakening economy, as well as the fact that a part of the farms gave up disappointed after a fruitless search apply. Similarly, the number of candidates has also been taken off in front of the Corona, which is likely to be due to the reduction in the number of school leavers, as well as the continuing Trend to study.

Updated Date: 13 August 2020, 05:19

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