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Berlin Alliance for Vocational Training starts work

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Left to right: Governing Mayor Kai Wegner (CDU), Senator for Labour Cansel Kiziltepe (SPD) and Senator for Economic Affairs Franziska Giffey (SPD) at the kick-off meeting of the Alliance for Vocational Training.

The number of apprenticeships in Berlin is to be significantly increased on a permanent basis in order to counteract the shortage of skilled workers and respond to demographic developments in the labor market. To this end, the Alliance for Vocational Training began its work on Wednesday at the invitation of the Governing Mayor.

The launch event at the Red Town Hall was attended by Governing Mayor Kai Wegner, Senator for Labour Cansel Kiziltepe, Senator for Economic Affairs Franziska Giffey and Senator for Education Katharina Günther-Wünsch. Together with partners from the economic and social sector, the chambers and the Berlin-Brandenburg regional directorate of the Federal Employment Agency, a key points paper defining the goals and tasks of the alliance as well as the principles of cooperation between the various partners was adopted.

Better access and transitions into vocational training

By the end of April 2025, at least 2,000 additional in-company apprenticeship places are to be created in Berlin. To achieve this goal, the published paper defines four areas for action. These include facilitating the transition into vocational training for potential applicants, establishing non-discriminatory and inclusive access, and improving the general framework conditions for trainees and apprentices. In addition, available apprenticeships will be made more visible.

"Joint effort" against the shortage of skilled workers

After the kick-off meeting, Kai Wegner praised the cooperation and positive mood of all participants. "Our common goal is to permanently create 2,000 additional training places in Berlin by August 2025, and this can only be achieved through a joint effort. That's why this alliance is so important, because it brings together those who can ensure more training places." Senator Giffey also emphasized the need to increase appreciation for apprenticeships and vocational training. The next meeting of the alliance is scheduled to take place in November.

Author: BerlinOnline/
Publication date: 30 August 2023
Last updated: 30 August 2023