A construction project in southern Germany. New power lines are being installed over
the rail tracks. The work is demanding and difficult. The fitters have to rely on each
other, each of them has their own qualifications, but not all of them qualified in Germany.
Dimitry Gladchenko is from Kasakhstan. He trained to be a technician and electromechanic
on the railway there. He moved to Germany, where his wife was already, in
2011.
Dmitry Gladchenko, benefits from the new law:
«I think there's more opportunity here in Germany, there's more security here than there
is in Kazakhstan.»
Dmitry Gladchenko benefited from a new law in Germany which allowed him to get part
of his training officially recognized.
Dmitry Gladchenko:
«Here in Germany I've managed to get recognition as a plant installer up to 1000 volts. I
got my qualification recognized by the Hannover Chamber of Commerce. I had to do a
six-week work placement and it then took another one and a half months until I got the
papers.»
Germany accepts that it needs immigration. The law allowing professional qualifications
to be recognized is intended to make it easier for skilled foeign workers to move to
Germany and enrich it as a society.
Prof. Johanna Wanka, German Education Minister
«It's difficult to find a law like this anywhere else, because it guarantees that anybody
who comes to Germany, or is in Germany and has a degree from abroad, has the right
to have that qualification reviewed in Germany, no matter what the profession, to have it
valued by German standards. And it also achieves something that's well-respected
internationally: not only that you can show your certificate or degree, but also that your
practical work experience is also taken into account.»
Anyone interested can find more information on the website "recognition in Germany.de"
(anerkennung-in-deutschland.de) The key elements of the law are explained and the
requirements outlined in six languages. It's had 1.3 million clicks since the introduction of
the law in 2012 - testimony to the level of interest. The Federal Institute for Vocational
Education and Training, the BiBB, is satisfied.
Prof. Friedrich Hubert Esser, President of the BiBB
«We still see room for improvement, we need more routine. That is, when people apply,
we gather knowledge which helps us with subsequent qualifications, so that we'll need
less buerocracy and less effort to process the applications appropriately.»
The law governing the recognition of professional qualifciations is a success, with 11
thousand applications made in the first year. And it's just the beginning.
Prof. Johanna Wanka, German Education Minister
«Despite the fact that we didn't give it the right attention for many years, and were'nt
welcoming people from around the world the way we should have been, we're now the
second-most popular destination for migration in the world, and I have to encourage
people and say you should definately take a closer look at Germany if you want to make
a change and work somewhere else in the world.»
The law will benefit everyone, because qualified foreign workers boost the economy.
Hans-Günther Luft, Project Manager, Rail Construction at DB
«Deutsche Bahn will be hiring 7 to 8000 people by the year 2020, and we won't be able
to meet that target just by hiring from within Germany. We're relying on attracting
employees from around the world.»
Employees like Dmitry Gladchenko. He feels very accepted in Germany. His employer
paid for his family to move within Germany, and now, there's nothing standing in the way
of a full-time contract.