apprentices in Germany will in future have to earn a minimum of 504 euros per month – no matter what profession you learn, and in which state you complete your training.

The Federal education Minister Anja Karliczek on Thursday announced in a keynote speech to the vocational education and training Congress of the German trade Union Federation (DGB). The manuscript of the speech in front of the MIRROR in advance.

“apprentices to pack in the first year in business,” said Karliczek. “Therefore, a minimum remuneration is also a matter of the recognition of this achievement.”

The special: The Apprentice minimum wage will apply after the presentation of the CDU-Minister of Federal – and industry-wide. So far, the salaries of apprentices differ in the East and the West, but also in different occupational groups far from each other.

The height of this minimum, compensation should be based, in the first year of the apprenticeship, the student Bafög and annually thereafter, on the rise. The maximum rate is currently at 504 euros a month in most of the occupations for which training compensation is, however, already today. In the second year, the minimum compensation should increase according to the Karliczek to five percent, in the third to ten percent and the fourth 15 percent.

in Front of all the apprentices in the East will benefit

From the new minimum wage will benefit the apprentices in East Germany, such as Fleischer (currently, in the East of Germany in the first year of the apprenticeship, 310 Euro), shoemaker (375 Euro), optician (431 Euro), salespersons specialising in foodstuffs (473 euros) and hairdressers – these are nationwide with 406 euros per month in the first year of the apprenticeship, the most poorly paid apprentices.

the Federal uniform tariff rules relating to training compensation, it is only in a few industries, such as banks and insurance companies, the public service or in the printing industry. In the other sectors, there are large regional differences, depending on the tariff area. And companies are not bound by a collective agreement, pay their apprentices, partially even lower wages.

The move is part of a new edition of the vocational training act (BBiG), the CDU and the SPD in the coalition agreement, had agreed. The amendment is designed to 1. August 2019 to be decided, and in January enter into force in 2020.

“professional bachelor’s” instead of skilled workers

in Addition to the Minister of the approximately 300 training occupations formally to the University education. Names in the vocational training as skilled workers, professionals or specialist advisers will be in the future. Instead, three training levels are to be introduced: vocational specialist, vocational bachelor and vocational master. “So, we stress that we mean the equivalence of vocational and academic education seriously,” said the CDU-Minister. Who exactly should bear the name, was Karliczek open first.

The vocational education and training act will apply in a few months, 50 years old, it as the fundamental law of education. Just in time for the anniversary Karliczek has now announced a comprehensive amendment. “Through financial and non-material improvements, we will create more recognition for vocational education and training,” the Minister said.

This is urgently needed: Approximately 320 recognized training occupations are currently available in Germany – for years, companies complain about the lack of young talent. The number of unfilled training places is not 2018 as high as for the past 20 years, more than 57,000 work Agency remained, according to the Federal vacant. On some ads, not a single applicant came forward. Instead of in a company and a vocational school, it attracts more and more school-leavers to the universities.

Anja Karliczek, since March of this year, Federal Minister for education and research, is a trained hotel specialist, and later studied extra-occupational studies in business administration at the distance University of Hagen. The vocational education and training in Germany to increase the value of named targets from the beginning as one of its main.

In the photo you can see a stretch of road where the differences in the Trainees ‘ remuneration are currently:


But what of the apprentices themselves? Why do so many of them? And why so much talent is missing – although training protects now almost as well against unemployment as a degree?

read , why the craft is booming, and still young. And here is why apprentices are so unhappy as never before. And here’s why, in spite of the Trainee in the absence of almost 24,000 young people with no training have found.