Skill and a sense of fashion are the requirements for training as a footwear maker and finisher. There was a time when the job was in crisis - too many companies were going abroad. Today the sector is certainly not big. However, once again, there is a desperate need for footwear makers and finishers.
The Michelin tyre plant in Karlsruhe was a pioneer in cross-border training between Germany and France. This was where the first trainee from France began his vocational education and training under the dual system. Anne Schalk is training manager at Michelinand her overall assessment after four years is very positive. As a result, this year - for the first time - there are twice as many trainees from France than from Germany starting their training at the Karlsruhe plant.
Occupations in construction are attractive for young people
A shortage of skilled workers is the problem in many places. The skilled crafts are also not immune from this. However, this year the domestic skilled construction trades can again be pleased about substantial reinforcements. As part of the traditional skilled craftsman graduation event, 35 successful trainees from the construction occupations received their sought-after journeyman's certificate.
For years the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has ignored vocational education and training and demanded more students. As a consequence there are more students today than trainees. The organisation is now changing its opinion.