Business associations criticize Heil’s concept for training time

Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) at the debate on the skilled labor strategy in the Bundestag

Business associations see the concept as “even more expensive education bureaucracy.”

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Berlin The paid training period for employees planned by Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) has met with great criticism from business associations. The general manager of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations, Steffen Kampeter, told the German Press Agency: “In the fight against the shortage of skilled workers and workers, we need good and unbureaucratic further training. But Federal Minister Heil’s education period only resulted in more expensive education bureaucracy.” Criticism also came from the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK).

On Monday, Heil had announced a further training law, according to which employees can continue their training for a year with pay. The prerequisite should be an agreement between employer and employee.

Kampeter said: “The money from the unemployment insurance, which comes from the contributors, should only be spent on something that specifically helps the employees and the companies.” In addition, the idea is socially unbalanced.

“The education period is unattractive for low-skilled workers who earn little. They are often in need of further training. We already have enough opportunities to promote further education. However, they are much too complicated and inefficient – and do not fit into the practice in the companies. This is where politics has to start.”

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The deputy DIHK general manager Achim Dercks told the dpa that professional training is a key lever for the transformation of the economy towards digitization and climate neutrality. Companies are already spending more than 41 billion euros a year on further training for their employees.

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“However, the planned training period is unlikely to pass the practical test. In a current DIHK survey, almost every third company states the order situation as a central challenge in the professional development of its employees. With a view to the planned training period, it is therefore questionable whether companies can release employees, in particular for more extensive training, given the often low staffing levels.”

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