Youth Unemployment Germany

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Youth Unemployment Germany

Youth unemployment rates have risen since 2008 due to the effects of the crisis on the labour market. But today the youth unemployment in Germany is below 8 per cent. In none of the other 27 EU member states it is this low.

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Registered applicants for vocational education and training since the beginning of the year 2014: 559,431 Staffed applicants 538,559 Applicants left 20,872 Reported vocational education and training positions: 511,613 Number of still available training places: 37,101



BUT: Young people who have not completed school education and/or vocational training are in danger of becoming unemployed, also those who have a low level of qualification, often foreign young people, especially children of former migrant families.

In some regions however the search for apprenticeships is extremely difficult.In October 2014, the youth unemployment rate in Berlin was at 10 percent.In the western German states (North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Hesse) there are more applicants than posts. In NRW about 100 school leavers compete for 73 apprenticeships. The situation is different in East Germany, where it is not that difficult to find an apprenticeship because of the declining number of school leavers. By far the largest selection prospective trainees can find in Hamburg. For every 100 applicants there are nearly 150 training programs in the Hanseatic city.

The chances of getting a job increase with better education.

Unemployment in the age group of the 15 to under 25 year olds is based mainly on the problems during the transition from school to work and after the completion of vocational training. In this transition phase, there is a high unemployment rate, but it is usually of relatively short duration.

Dual vocational training: For most Europeans, that’s new: learning and working at the same time, instead of learning and then working.For many young people the transition to working life is easier by a combination of professional practice with the theoretical foundations in the vocational school.In Germany the principle of parallel learning in school and on the job has a long tradition. Since the Middle Ages there was a crafts apprenticeship.

The situation in Germany is not that dramatic

Because of the low local birth rate - since many years 1.4 children per woman - the number of 15- to 24-year-olds in the years is decreasing.Youth unemployment also depends on the number of the individuals born in a certain year.

There is no general minimum wage for apprentices.. In Germany some starting salaries may seem low - but they open doors for applicants who don´t have company-specific knowledge and experience.

The work presented in this document is supported by the European Union. The content of this document is the sole responsibility of the author and it does not represent the opinion of the European Union and the European Union is not responsible or liable for any use that might be made of information contained herein



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