According to a news report last Saturday the youth unemployment figures in Germany are expected to fall to their lowest levels since the country’s reunification in the coming months.
News magazine Focus reported that the latest statistics indicate that Germany is performing the best amongst all European Union countries. Fewer than 6.3% (or less than 300,000 people) did not have a job.
The expectations are that the unemployment level for the under 25’s will fall below 5% this autumn. Economists believe that a 4% unemployment level means the market is working at full capacity and that this 4% is made up of people moving between jobs. The German market therefore is working very efficiently.
According to EU statistics, Germany’s youth unemployment was 7.8 percent in January. Compare that with Spain were youth unemployment is more than four times higher. Nearly 50% of Spanish young people are unemployed. In France, more than 23 percent of eligible workers in the under-25 bracket are unemployed. The United Kingdom is not faring any better with a 20% unemployment rate.
Germany has a system of apprenticeships, which you will have to go through in order to be able to secure a proper job. Many apprentices complain about the low wages and the fact they are being used as dispensable cheap labour, but which system is better? I can’t imagine that unemployed people in Spain or France would feel they are better off on state handouts and no prospects of a career. The apprentice system sets you up for a career and is more like a ‘learn on the job’ type approach, which of course used to be standard in days gone by.
Perhaps some European countries should have a look at how Germany is preparing it’s next generations for the work place and learn something from it. Many EU countries are creating a huge ‘underclass’ of people who have been unemployed and on on state benefits for generations and who wouldn’t know how to cope in a job, let alone secure one. It’s a time bomb waiting to explode. (Germany of course, has first hand experience of this economic madness immediately after the First World War.)
So, it looks as if you need to start learning German in order to secure a career in Europe. Kein Problem!