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Hamburg's apprenticeship market remains steady

Plenty of opportunities for applicants in apprenticeship market

A total of 19,180 new apprenticeships were signed in 2019 and remained roughly on levels reached in 2018, according to Sönke Fock, Chairman of the Management Board of the Agentur für Arbeit in Hamburg. Fock presented the results Tuesday (November 5, 2019) in Miniatur Wunderland. Most of the apprenticeships consist of dual training involving 14,143 young people. Another 5,040 employees opted for school-based training required, for instance, by pre-school teachers and those who wish to work in the health sector.

Good opportunities for applicants

The market holds lots of opportunities for apprentices at present. Fock pointed out: “We seek more trainees than the number of young school leavers. In 2019, an applicant had 1.31 apprenticeship places to choose from compared to 1.26 in 2018. Fock also expressed satisfaction with dual training courses, which 75 per cent of young people completed successfully. Youths, who had dropped out of training prematurely, often found another way of gaining a vocational qualification later.

High number of socio-educational assistants

Ties Rabe, Senator for Schools and Vocational Training, stressed the importance of in-company training. Hamburg has renovated almost all 31 vocational schools or built new ones in recent years. The curriculum at vocational schools now includes a new mandatory subject namely “vocational and study course guidance” to give young people an overview of careers. Rabe was particularly pleased that 1,100 young people, twice the figure in 2018, had opted to train as socio-educational assistants, who are needed in Hamburg’s daycare centres*.

Craft apprenticeships becomes more attractive

Apprenticeships in skilled trades has risen 8 per cent to 2,706 and was better than the trend across Germany. “The figures impressively show that our intense commitment to the apprenticeship market is bearing fruit,” said Hjalmar Stemmann, President of the Chamber of Crafts. Meanwhile, the number of apprenticeships concluded via the Chamber of Commerce has dropped slightly to 8,791 contracts for dual training. Many young people opt for a course of study instead of an apprenticeship, said Kai Elmendorf, Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce.

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