Detlef Scheele is Head of the Federal Employment Agency. Last week he gave an interview in which he said that Germany is running out of skilled workers. There is a shortage of 400,000 skilled workers per year. To make up for this shortfall, we need international skilled workers to come to live and work in Germany. This also goes for the FrankfurtRheinMain (FRM) region.
In the fields of nursing, climate control technology and logistics, in particular, there is high demand for skilled workers. If you have completed vocational training in these fields abroad, you may have to have your qualifications recognised in Germany. During this process your qualifications are evaluated to see which German qualification is equivalent. For many professions, having qualifications recognised is a requirement, for others it is a recommendation.
You can find more information on this here.
German language skills are also important to find a good job here. German courses are available, for example, at the volkshochschule (vhs) or the Goethe Institute.
If you take a German course, make sure that the course leads to a certified qualification. This is the case if it follows the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Have this confirmed by your course provider.
You can find more information on German courses here.
The new Skilled Workers Immigration Act came into force at the beginning of 2020. This makes it easier for skilled workers from non-EU countries to enter Germany and to look for a job or apprenticeship. We have an overview of what this law means for you in a post on our blog.
If you have any questions, we will be happy to help.