Project “Spanish Trainees for the skilled trades”
In 2014, this project placed 18 – 35 year old Spaniards with skilled trade businesses in the region as trainees for the qualified profession of “Plant Mechanic for Sanitary, Heating and Air Conditioning Systems”. Before being given an apprenticeship contract, they attended a German language course and an internship. The project came under the umbrella of the “Skills Alliance in the Winner Region”.
It was sponsored by
- Wirtschaftsförderung Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg
- Rottweil – Villingen-Schwenningen Employment Agency
- Constance Chamber of Commerce
- The region’s District Associations and Guilds of Sanitary, Heating and Air Conditioning Systems businesses
- The International Placement Service of the Federal Employment Agency (ZAV).
The project received financial support from the Federal Department for Labour and Social Affairs programme “Promoting the occupational mobility of young people seeking training and young unemployed skilled workers from Europe (MobiPro-EU)”, from the European Social Fund, the Baden-Württemberg Department of Economy, Labour and Housing, the Schwarzwald-Baar district and the region’s savings banks (Sparkassen).
1. Business questionnaires – July/August/September 2013
Local skilled trade businesses were sent a questionnaire to establish their interest in training apprentices from Spain from 2014. Their extremely positive response encouraged us to go ahead with the project.
2. Looking for candidates – from November 2013
Candidates were found with the help of the International Placement Service of the Federal Employment Agency (ZAV). They were adults between 18 and 35 years old.
3. Selecting candidates/interviews in Spain – January 2014
Interviews were held in Spain by ZAV officers and a representative from the Constance Chamber of Commerce who had experience in selecting apprentices, as well as representatives from companies.
4. Applicants selected by companies – January-April 2014
Following these interviews, the companies were sent written profiles of candidates from which to select their trainees.
5. German language course in Spain – February-April 2014
Candidates attended a German language course in Spain for approximately three months.
6. German language course and internship in Germany – May-July 2014
The trainees came to Germany for three months from the beginning of May to the end of July 2014:
- For the first month in Germany the Spaniards attended a full-time German language course (organized by Wirtschaftsförderung Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg).
- The following two months were for the actual internship in the company (3 days a week in the company, 2 days German course).
- The Constance Chamber of Commerce offered a week of industrywide training (ÜBA) to provide basic industry-related knowledge and skills.
7. Decision about apprenticeship – up to end of July 2014
By the end of the three month training period, the company and the trainee decided whether to create an apprenticeship from 1 September 2014 with the standard remuneration for the trade.
8. Start of Apprenticeship as “Plant Mechanic for Sanitary, Heating and Air Conditioning Systems” – 01.09.2014
Where an apprenticeship contract had been signed, dual vocational training began on 1.9.2014, combining working in the company with regular attendance at vocational college.
Press statement 8.10.2014 (German page)
Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg mbH
Cornelia Lüth, Coordinator, Skills Alliance in the Winner Region
Marienstr. 10, 78054 Villingen-Schwenningen
Tel.: +49 (0)7720-6604404, Email: email@example.com