Germany needs at least 400,000 Pakistani skilled youth per year to meet its industrial needs.
by Fraaz Mahmud Kasuri
Germany has recently been in news for its requirement for the skilled workforce after Christian Duerr, parliamentary leader of the co-governing Free Democrats (FDP) mentioned in his interview to WirtschaftsWoche business magazine that the country needed at least 400,000 young workforce per year to meet its industrial needs. Also according to the German Economic Institute, there will be a gap of more than 300,000 people in the ongoing year as the number of older workers retiring is higher than the younger ones entering the labour market.
College of Tourism & Hotel Management (COTHM) that is already working close with Germany for the recruitment of its skilled students there is determined to make use of this opportunity for the Pakistani skilled youth in Pakistan. Earlier, a team of eight hospitality and tourism students was sent to Germany in 2019 from the platform of COTHM under the German Apprenticeship Program. Now, in the continuation of the same apprenticeship program, COTHM is training more students to avail multiple employment opportunities in Germany. Another batch of twelve students is under training and would leave for Germany soon under German Apprenticeship program.
German hospitality expert, Heidelberg Hotel Management College Director International Development and ‘Jobs for Your Future’ President Ursula Hummel, in this regard, reached COTHM Pakistan on February 28, 2022 for a week-long visit where she was warmly welcomed by COTHM Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ahmad Shafiq and the higher management of the college.
During her visit which was aimed at building business and trade friendly relations between both the countries, Ursula Hummel conducted trainings with COTHM students at New Garden Town, Joher Town, and Islamabad campuses and guided them about the German Apprenticeship Program.
Talking to HP, Ursula Hummel said that she had visited COTHM four years back but now she is much inspired by COTHM’s growth over time. She further said that Germany needs skilled workers from all over the world to work there and she is happy for COTHM and its Pakistani students who have got all the potential to work there in Germany.
She also visited the classes, interacted with the students and encouraged them to learn German language to avail maximum professional opportunities in Germany.
To further straighten up the things for the placement of Pakistani youth in Germany, Ursula Hummel, along with COTHM CEO Ahmad Shafiq also met with German ambassador to Pakistan Bernhard Schlagheck in Islamabad and discussed the German Apprenticeship Program for COTHM’s students. German ambassador to Pakistan Bernhard Schlagheck appreciated COTHM for preparing skilled man force in Pakistan and assured all his help for the recruitment of COTHM’s students in Germany.