More foreign apprentices in Germany

Young people from other countries are increasingly filling jobs, especially in trades designated as having a labour shortage.

More foreign apprentices in Germany
dpa

Frankfurt (dpa) - Gaps in the market for Germany's apprenticeships are being filled increasingly by workers with foreign citizenship, newly released data shows.

In the 10 years from 2008 to 2018, the number of new apprenticeships went down by 14.1 per cent to about 522,000. During the same period, the number of foreign apprentices each year doubled to approximately 61,000, according to official statistics released on Friday.

The new arrivals are finding jobs in trades designated as having a labour shortage, including: metalworkers, builders, drivers or car technicians. These occupations account for about a quarter of the new apprenticeships.

In these areas, the number of foreign apprentices more than tripled, to reach 16,700 in 2018. In the same occupations, the number of new German employees reduced by 9.5 per cent.