Perfect Matchmaking

The ‘Perfect Matchmaking’ support programme has been supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in filling vacant training places since 2007. Co-financed by the ESF, the programme has helped to fill total of around 100,000 training places and entry-level training positions to date. The Federal Government is now extending the support programme for another three years, with the possibility of doing so again after that.

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier said: “The coronavirus crisis should not be allowed to cause a crisis on the training market as well. After all, the trainees of today will be the skilled workers of tomorrow. By extending the ‘Perfect Matchmaking’ programme, we are helping to ensure that dual vocational training in Germany remains at a consistently high level. I am very pleased that we can continue to support small and medium-sized companies in recruiting their future skilled workers in the same strong way we have up to now.”

The nationwide ‘Perfect Matchmaking’ network is currently made up of around 160 consultants who work to provide companies with advice, determine their trainee requirements, draw up job profiles, look for potential trainees, review application documents and conduct selection interviews and recruitment tests. They also serve as important contacts for helping trainees at companies in difficulty to find another apprenticeship elsewhere. The use of digital channels in order to make the necessary contacts is playing an important role during the coronavirus crisis.

The ‘Perfect Matchmaking’ programme operates right across Germany. Chambers and business organisations interested in becoming project sponsors can apply to do so up to 30 September 2020. The support programme is managed centrally by the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) which provides all of the necessary information on the application procedure at www.zdh.de (in German). Information on the support programme is available at www.bmwi.de/passgenaue-besetzung (in German).