A programme with three advantages

Whereas Germany has a shortage of nurses, other countries have too many. How the “Triple Win” programme is helping on three different levels.

Many nurses from other countries work in Germany.
Many nurses from other countries work in Germany. stock.adobe.com/Andrey Popov

The idea

Whereas Germany has a shortage of nurses, other countries have more well-qualified skilled workers than vacancies for them. This is where the “Triple Win” project comes in. Since 2013, it has been finding personnel for German clinics, hospitals and old people’s homes. The name refers to the three different levels which profit from it: first, the skilled workers who are given new job opportunities. Second, German care facilities that receive well-qualified staff. Third, lower unemployment in the nurses’ countries of origin.

The facts

The programme is being implemented by the International Placement Services (ZAV) of the Federal Employment Agency and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). It is aimed at applicants from four countries: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Philippines and Tunisia. “Triple Win“ has already found some 1,450 trained nurses for German care facilities. 788 are currently in their home countries preparing for their stay in Germany.

We ensure that our recruitment of healthcare personnel to Germany does not lead to a brain drain.

Sonja Luciano, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, talking about the “Triple Win” project

Sound working principles

“Triple Win” cooperates only with countries that have a surplus of well-trained nurses. Sonja Luciano from the GIZ emphasises: “We base our work on the World Health Organization’s global code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel. This ensures that our recruitment to Germany does not lead to a brain drain and cause a shortage of healthcare personnel in the countries concerned.”

The procedure

The ZAV and GIZ jointly select suitable applicants and pass their details on to German care facilities. Applicants must have completed a three-year course of training in nursing. Before leaving their home countries, successful applicants are given language and integration courses to prepare them for their time in Germany. They receive support with obtaining a visa, and with settling in at their new workplace.

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