On November 5th of 2012, the State of Hesse and the Autonomous Region of Madrid signed a joint cooperation agreement. This aims at expoiting the shared potential of the two regions through increased exchange in economic, scientific and cultural areas. Young people from the Madrid region should be given the opportunity to complete vocational training in Hesse. Through this Spanish young adults are given a professional perspective and at the same time, the recruitment of Spanish specialists can possibly help alleviate the shortage of skilled workers in Hesse.
The Chamber of Skilled Crafts Frankfurt-Rhein-Main participates in the cooperation agreement. Information events were already held in Madrid at the end of January 2013, where the project of the Chamber of Crafts was presented to interested young people.
The following training courses were available to young adults: electronics technicians for energy and building technology, plant mechanics for sanitary, heating and air conditioning technology and roofers. The project met with great interest. Over 80 job interviews took place in Madrid in March.
At the same time, the acquisition of interested companies started. The craft businesses are very positive about this project.
A total of 48 young adults were invited to a two-week internship in Hesse in April. The interns were welcomed at Frankfurt Airport together with the Minister of Economics, Mr. Florian Rentsch, and the President of the Chamber of Crafts Frankfurt-Rhein-Main, Mr. Bernd Ehinger.
During the internship, the young adults were able to get an impression of the course of vocational training in Germany. The Spanish interns spent these two weeks in the workshops of the Vocational Training and Technology Center (Berufsbildungs- und Technologiezentrum) and the interested companies. But their visit was not just about vocational training.
It was also about bringing German culture closer to them. And since we are in Hesse, a visit to a typical apple wine restaurant was a must.
Due to the high level of motivation on the part of the Spanish interns, all 48 interns were offered a training position in Hessen. Of the 48 interns, 44 opted for dual training in Hesse.
A big family reunion followed in Madrid:
The decision to give up one´s life in your home country in order to seek professional prospects and security in another country is a testament to great courage and determination. With such a life-changing decision, it is important to have family backing.
A “get-together event” was organized in May with the family members at the Goethe-Institut Madrid, so that they could also gain confidence in this project. The event was a total success. On the part of parents, grandparents, siblings, partners, many questions could be answered. On that evening two of the trainees were able to sign the training contracts symbolically.
In the meantime, all training contracts have been signed by the Spanish trainees and the training can begin 🙂