Mechanical engineering also relies on the next generation in the crisis

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The training of junior staff continues to play an important role in mechanical engineering. In the current year, the companies have taken on around 85 percent of their trained apprentices.

The training of junior staff continues to play a major role in mechanical engineering even during the Corona pandemic. In the current year, the companies have taken on about 85 percent of their trained apprentices. This is the result of a recent survey of 366 member companies conducted by the VDMA. This average value is higher than in the economy as a whole before the pandemic: in 2018, the figure was 71 percent. Almost 60 percent of the mechanical engineering companies surveyed have even taken on all their trained apprentices in 2020. "With the high rate of takeovers, the mechanical and plant engineering industry is sending a strong signal to the next generation: We are sticking to vocational training even during the corona crisis, because we need the young people," says Dr. Jörg Friedrich, head of the VDMA's education department.

Even during the Corona crisis, we are sticking to vocational training, because we need the young people.

This is an important message, especially in the current situation, where there is much speculation about the prospects of young people on the job market. "Many member companies of the VDMA see it as a matter of course to continue to provide further training now," emphasizes Friedrich. In fact, many companies are still looking in vain for young people. "In mechanical engineering, we have had a problem with unfilled training positions for years. This seems to be true even in times of corona," explains the VDMA education expert. This is also shown by the most recent survey of the VDMA East and the current figures of the Federal Employment Agency. According to these figures, in July 2020, about 52,000 training positions in the mechanical engineering related professions were still unfilled. At the same time, about 37,600 applicants were still unfilled. This results in a calculated plus of more than 14,000 unfilled positions.