There is still great dynamism in the training market

At the start of the academic year on 1 August, almost half of the advertised positions are still vacant

Something is still happening: At the start of the educational year on 1 August, 185 young people in Iserlohn and Hemer are still without an apprenticeship and are therefore not supported. But it doesn’t have to stay that way, because of the 822 registered training positions, almost half (402) are still vacant.

The labor office in Iserlohn now announces these figures when asked by the local newspaper, stating: For anyone still applying for vocational training, there are “still very good opportunities in many professions in the Märkisch district”.

“When you look at the training positions that are still available in Iserlohn and Hemer, it can be said that there is still a good job to be done in all areas,” says Stefan Steinkühler, head of operations at the Iserlohn employment agency, taking a look at situation on site. “There are still many vacancies within dual education, especially in the commercial and technical sector – which is particularly important for our region. There are still vacancies even in the popular commercial professions. The reason for this is the high demand for skilled workers, which in turn has led to an increased willingness to train among local companies,’ says Steinkuehler. For the young people, this means that “with the large selection, they also have to look for alternatives to their ‘dream job'”.

Basically the following applies: “Even shortly before the start of the training year, there is still great dynamism on the training market,” says Stefan Steinkuehler and explains it thus: “The chances are better than ever because so many companies have announced training positions.”

In addition, there is a change in trend: for a long time, companies could choose the interns and thus their future junior employees because there were more applicants than apprentice positions. Today it is the other way around: companies are sometimes desperately looking for interns, who in turn can choose from a large number training positions can choose.

For the entire Märkisch district, the ratio looks like this: According to the employment service, 629 young people who applied for an apprenticeship in June were faced with 1,494 apprenticeships – i.e. a ratio of 1:2.4. Depending on the industry, companies are already taking unusual paths; the companies try to draw attention to themselves and the available apprenticeship positions with posters or large-scale advertising.

Access is still possible in special cases in the autumn

However, the overhang of apprenticeships does not automatically mean that everyone gets the desired apprenticeship in their own place.

Nevertheless: Even those who have not yet decided on an apprenticeship or an apprenticeship do not have to queue for a year. “It’s not all over on 1 August,” says the Employment Service. Depending on the applicant’s “individual background” and in coordination with the employer and responsible chamber, in “exceptional cases” training can begin until the autumn. Especially since experience shows that “not everyone who has signed an apprenticeship contract actually takes up the position”. In such cases, followers are in demand quickly. In this way, there would always be new opportunities “for young people who have not been cared for or who have dropped out and who want to change”.

The employment service also has simple but obviously good advice based on the mediators’ experience for anyone looking for an apprenticeship; she appeals: “Look for direct contact with the HR staff in the companies that interest you. Visit craft businesses and submit your documents. Personal contact helps. There is a lot of movement in the training market and it is not too late to get in now!”

The mediators also observe a consequence of the corona pandemic on the behavior of the potential trainees. It turns out that because of Corona, many students only thought about starting their career at a late stage; this applies to both education and studies. It often pays to take “detours on the way to professional orientation”.

For example, to build a bridge with funded internships as an introductory qualification (EQ) or with early intervention and thus find the right start.

The “Check-U” tool on the employment agency’s website is the perfect way to get started with career guidance, “to filter out personal strengths and interests and to explore professional options,” the temp agency refers to online options. In addition, interested parties can also obtain basic and general information from the agency or the Career Information Center (BIZ).

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