Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Boomtown Germany

Other German regions are also courting young people from the European Union's crisis-ridden countries. Companies are looking for engineers and other graduates, as well as bricklayers, electricians, welders and caregivers. "In fact, almost all industries, especially small and mid-sized companies, are desperate for new employees and trainees," says Norbert Czerwinski, a human resource development expert in the southwestern city of Mannheim. Unless countermeasures are taken, the Rhine-Neckar region of southwestern Germany could see a shortfall of about 35,000 skilled workers by the end of 2013. Workers from Southern Europe are in demand in booming towns like Villingen-Schwenningen and Schwäbisch Hall. Unfortunately, these are place names that mean almost nothing to people in Spain and Portugal.

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