Bringing refugees into training and work as quickly as possible, is one of the most important integration tasks. In a joint initiative, the Hamburg Senate and the Hamburg Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts have reached this goal, in just eight weeks, with 30 young migrants starting vocational training in just eight weeks.
Training to Start on 1 November
30 young men and women from the two refugee camps Grellkamp and Sportallee are to start their vocational training on 1 November 2015, with four other about to sign their apprenticeship contracts soon. The migrant apprentices fled to Hamburg from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Eritrea and Somalia. Now safe in the Elbe city, they will start their professional training as painter, cleaner, baker, or butcher.
Success for the Initiative “Refugees Training in Crafts”
Hamburg’s Mayor Olaf Scholz, Chamber President Josef Katzer, and Rainer Schulz, CEO of the Hamburg Institute for Vocational Education (HIBB) presented the initiative “Refugees Training In Crafts “ at city hall. The experience from the pilot project will fed into future integration programme. In addition to Hamburg Institute for Vocational Education (HIBB), partners include “fördern und wohnen”, the Hamburg Ministry of Economics, Transport and Innovation (BWVI), Haspa, guilds of the four trades and crafts and their businesses as well as the pension fund of Hamburg’s crafts and skilled trades.
Dual Training & Language Classes
Selected by “fördern & wohnen” teams, the young migrant apprentices will also receive an in-depth, integrated language instruction as part of their dual training at the respective vocational schools. Language classes will start on Monday, 2 November 2015, with a three months long, intense basic course, before continuing in companies and vocational schools. All migrant apprentices will be accompanied by an integration companion funded by the BWVI.
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