Minister Rösler: Germany welcomes skilled professionals from abroad
The Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, Dr. Philipp Rösler, today launched the competition "Diversity. Growth. Prosperity." - an initiative being run by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. The competition is looking for companies which, by embracing a culture of welcome at the workplace, are setting an excellent example of how to successfully integrate skilled professionals of foreign nationality or origin into company life, thereby ensuring that they quickly feel at home at Germany. Companies with up to one thousand employees are eligible to take part in the competition and can submit their applications until 31 October this year.
Minister Rösler stated: "Many companies have already been very successful in integrating international skilled professionals and serve as a role model for other companies. By running our competition, we want to give greater visibility to these examples of best practice and to motivate other companies to employ skilled professionals from abroad. The recruitment of qualified personnel from abroad - in addition to raising our domestic potential - plays an important role in meeting our need for skilled labour. Only through this two-pronged approach can we ensure that the skills shortage does not slow down the pace of economic growth in Germany. It is therefore important that we make Germany an interesting place for intelligent minds from abroad and that we establish a new culture of welcome. Not only will the individual companies benefit from the integration of skilled professionals, but also our economy as a whole. Germany welcomes trained professionals from abroad!"
The dialogue event "How skilled professionals from foreign backgrounds can make a successful start in Germany", which took place today in the Federal Economics Ministry, showed that the road to professional success in Germany is indeed being successfully opened up to qualified migrants. During the event, Dr. Bernhard Heitzer, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, welcomed a group of six skilled professionals and entrepreneurs with immigrant backgrounds and talked about their professional and personal success stories.
The "welcome website" www.make-it-in-Germany.com, which was launched by Minister Rösler at the start of June, provides important information for skilled professionals to help them start their professional and private life in Germany. The site includes information about the sectors in which skilled professionals are being sought and the necessary requirements they must meet in order to enter into employment in Germany.