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First anniversary of the information portal to accompany for the Law for the Recognition of Foreign Professional and Vocational Qualifications

BIBB-Press release 11/2013

BIBB President Esser: “Good information provision is supporting the successful implementation of the Act” 

Around one year after the Law for the Recognition of Foreign Professional and Vocational Qualifications entered into force, the overall effect of the information provision made available on the website is most positive. By mid-March, approximately 360,000 persons had used the “Recognition in Germany” portal. Estimates are that the “Recognition Finder” has helped 130,000 users to be referred on to their relevant competent body. Those employed in job placement and migrant advisory services are also making frequent use of the site. “We are delighted that the new Recognition Act is generating such interest. This shows that it is capable of making an important contribution towards lessening the impact of the impending shortage of skilled workers”, explained Friedrich Hubert Esser, President of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), who was speaking on the occasion of the first anniversary of the law. The information portal is operated by BIBB on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

“This successful Internet presence to accompany the Recognition Act is providing interested parties with comprehensive and professional information and individual advice to support them in their career advancement”, Esser continued. The competent bodies are also benefiting from the information that has been made available. A nationwide network of 71 Advisory Centres is also in place as part of the national funding programme “Integration through Training” (IQ) in order to offer assistance to interested persons at a local level.

The most popular German occupational profiles accessed in the Recognition Portal thus far have included medical occupations where academic qualifications are required, engineers, other healthcare occupations, teachers, nursery school teachers, social workers and office management clerks. The average proportion of users visiting the portal from abroad is 40%. The overwhelming majority of these are from Europe, in particular Portugal, Spain, Poland, Rumania, the Netherlands and Italy. Around 22% of enquirers originate from so-called third countries, such as Russia, Turkey and India.

“In order to enable even more people to become familiar with and take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Recognition Act, we will be launching a new information campaign from 1 April onwards”, stressed President Esser. “This will initially take place at a national level before being extended abroad from the end of the year”. Slogans such as “Once learned, never forgotten” and “Doing a top job – including in Germany” will be deployed in nine different languages in order to raise awareness on the part of those interested in seeking recognition of the benefits of the law and of the service provided by the portal. The Recognition Portal will also be given a new design to coincide with the anniversary.

Background information:

The “Law to improve the assessment and recognition of professional and vocational education and training qualifications acquired abroad”, referred to in abbreviated form as the Recognition Act, has been facilitating and improving the recognition of foreign professional qualifications in occupations for which the Federal Government is responsible since 1 April 2012. The information portal “Recognition in Germany” is operated by BIBB on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The portal is being financed within the scope of the “Integration through Training – IQ” funding programme, which is jointly sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) and the Federal Employment Agency (BA).

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Coronavirus: Fewer recognition services

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