Due to the financial crisis, (youth) unemployment within the EU reached a historic peak. There were only a few countries, such as Germany, where youth unemployment remained stable or dropped.
Against this backdrop, the German government declared its willingness to contribute to cross-border vocational mobility and the reduction of youth unemployment in the EU by launching the time-limited pilot scheme MobiPro-EU, which is financed from federal funds.
It was at the beginning of 2013 that the first young people from other EU countries, entitled to freedom of movement, came to Germany in order to begin a supported, in-company vocational training programme or to take up employment as a skilled worker.
The special programme MobiPro-EU aims to develop and assess measures and instruments that may help to reduce language barriers, as well as tackling problems within the recruitment or hiring process.
As a “learning programme”, MobiPro-EU has been adapted several times on the basis of ongoing insights and experience. The emerging demands led to a switch from individual funding of apprentices and skilled workers in 2013 and 2014 to project-based funding of young people interested in taking up vocational training in Germany in the years 2015 and 2016.
What can we expect from MobiPro-EU in the future?
Taking into account the current training year of 2016, MobiPro-EU will provide us with experiences from two years each of individual and project-based funding. As a result of a relevant budget analysis, the German federal cabinet decided at its meeting on 23 March 2016 not to fund another round of projects within the pilot scheme. There are therefore no plans for another round of vocational training in 2017 or for recruitment beyond 2016. Funding for all projects that have already begun is of course ensured for all participants and the project providers until completion of the vocational training in 2019 or 2020.
What further use will be made of the results of the pilot scheme?
As training begins in 2016, the pilot scheme is entering a phase that entails securing the insights gained over the course of four rounds of vocational training. Together, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Federal Employment Agency and the project providers will use the remaining time to assess the outcomes of the programme in order to ensure their transferability for use in future projects.