Dutch jobseekers find work at German factory

29.06.2011

Economic recovery in Germany is going well. So well, in fact, that there are already staff shortages in a number of areas. Thanks to the combined efforts of agencies and companies in the Netherlands and Germany, approximately 200 long-term Dutch jobseekers have found work at a German factory
Economic recovery in Germany is going well. So well, in fact, that there are already staff shortages in a number of areas. Thanks to the combined efforts of agencies and companies in the Netherlands and Germany, approximately 200 long-term Dutch jobseekers have found work at a German factory.      
 
In the north-eastern part of the Netherlands job opportunities are scarce while just across the border in Germany, the situation is much more promising. EURES Adviser Tjerk Mulder is part of a project team tasked with finding work in Germany for Dutch jobseekers.
 
The project team consists of the UWV Werkpleinen (job information centres) from East Groningen, the Zentrum für Arbeit (Centre for Work) in Leer, the German re-integration company Kreishandwerkerschaft, the temporary employment agency ZPN, and Aero – a German factory that makes rotor blades for wind turbines.
 
“All these groups get along well,” says Tjerk. “We know precisely what we want from each other and how we can reach our common goal. The group informs the job coaches at the job information centres and municipalities about the project, as well as the kinds of profiles we’re looking for. They then look for suitable applicants.”
 
The German company, Aero, successfully recruited 200 laminating operators. “They wanted to fill these vacancies with Dutch workers,” explains Tjerk. “There will probably be another 100 job openings in the future. So the project has already had a major impact on the region.”
 
EURES plays a pivotal role
Those appointed to the jobs underwent job training, which consisted of two weeks of combined practical and theoretical training and four weeks on the shop floor at the factory in Aurich, Germany. EURES was responsible for project coordination as well as offering advice to the new employees.
 
“If you live in the Netherlands and work in Germany, you have to arrange a few things. The new Aero employees can always come to us with any questions or for advice about matters such as labour law and social security,” states Tjerk.
 
 
 
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