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Germany – Staffing industry helps counteract skills shortages

16 April 2012

The temporary staffing business in Germany is counteracting the skills shortage in the country via professional training programmes, the association of temporary employment agencies, BAP, said today.

“Countless examples show that the temporary staffing industry has invested a lot in training programmes. We are working closely with our clients so that the skilled workers, who are needed today and in the future, will be trained [sufficiently],” said BAP President Volker Enkerts.

Such programmes are diverse and range from communication to software training. But it is not only the German economy that will benefit from these training opportunities but moreover, the temporary workers themselves, the BAP said.

The chairman of the German staffing firm DIS AG, Peter Blersch, commented that “Staff development in the temporary staffing industry is not an exception. On the contrary: Many temporary employment agencies equally provide training to both full-time and temporary employees.”

USG People has only recently entered a cooperation agreement with the German National Employment Agency to counteract the widespread shortage of skilled labourers in the Federal State.

Although Germany is one of the largest staffing markets in Europe and recorded a record number of temporary workers last year, recent growth in the country has been constrained by growing skills shortages. 

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Michael Cardy 17/04/2012 11:14 am

Excellent example of the partnership between industry leaders and the industry they serve! Skills shortage is a major obstacle to expansion and one that will be only overcome by creative solutions. We cannot fix this dilemma by looking backward, only forward proactive actions will work.


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