The shortage of skilled workers and integration or immigration are topics that are currently being discussed in all media. How would it be to make the most of the solution potential offered by an effective combination of the two topics? IAQ (Ingenieurwissenschaftliche Abschlussorientierte Qualifizierung – Engineering Graduate Qualification) is one of the promising projects to attract qualified employees to the German labour market through integration and immigration.
The education and training network pro-mst at Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences prepares migrants with university or vocational qualifications in mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology (MINT) for their career entry in Germany as part of the “Integration through Qualification” programme. One of the two programmes – the intensive IAQ qualification – is aimed specifically at university graduates. Individual coaching based on their educational background helps them to further qualify on their own.
The one-year qualification measure is divided into a university and a practical phase. In addition to improving their language skills, participants can familiarise themselves not only with the working culture in Germany, but also with the general way of life.
Ultimately, the IAQ project focuses on the indispensable professional qualification: migrants should find adequate jobs where they can contribute their expertise, and companies should be able to counter the shortage of skilled workers with qualified employees.
In addition to technical requirements, knowledge of the German and social competence of the applicants are decisive criteria.
The IAQ project fits in perfectly with the commitment that ProNES has shown to training for years. Thus, at the beginning of the year we were pleased to welcome (مرحبا) our Moroccan intern Mohamed Erroudani. For Mohamed Erroudani the in-house structure is the main difference in everyday work in Morocco and Germany. The team spirit, as it is lived at ProNES and in which the directors see themselves as leading team members, is rather rare in Morocco. Company managers are more like clients than collegial contacts in their daily work.
The bottom line: the first two months were very positive for all sides. We would be delighted if the qualification measures were crowned with success on all sides. However, one thing is for sure: qualified, committed and team-oriented newcomers are welcome in every team.