Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier, Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (LTR)

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier, Federal Labour Minister Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (LTR)

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The Federal Government adopted its Skilled Labour Strategy (in German) today. This will make an important contribution towards securing the skilled labour that Germany needs. On 6 November 2018, “make-it-in-germany.com” was made into the central website of the Federal Government for qualified professionals from abroad, and today the Federal Government went on to adopt not only the Skilled Labour Strategy but also the draft Skilled Immigration Act and the draft Act on Temporary Suspension of Deportation in the case of Training and Employment.

“Anyone who has tried recently to get some work done in their home will know what skills shortages mean. The German economy is facing enormous challenges here. We need more skilled workers,” said Minister Altmaier. “The Skilled Labour Strategy and the draft Skilled Immigration Act lay the foundations for securing our future skills needs. As Economic Affairs Minister, I attach particular importance to making it easier for people with vocational qualifications to access the German labour market. The German economy doesn’t just need graduates!”

The Skilled Labour Strategy is to target more skilled workers in Germany, Europe and around the world. In an ongoing process, specific measures will be drawn up with the social partners, the Länder, chambers and the Federal Employment Agency. The Skilled Immigration Act will help people with vocational qualifications in particular to access the German labour market. In future, people from outside the EU with vocational qualifications will be able to work in all occupations, just like graduates. This is a further step towards equality for people with vocational and academic qualifications, which has been a particular goal of the Economic Affairs Ministry. The Federal Government’s package is supplemented by the Act on Suspending Deportation for Persons in Vocational Training or Employment, which contains clearer rules on the right of asylum seekers to stay and receive training, extends this to training in the caring occupations, and also establishes a new provision for the temporary suspension of deportation for people falling into this category who are well integrated.