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Shaping the future of work - adressing the skills shortage

A qualified workforce makes a major contribution to the success of a company and thus also to the economic strength of the region. Firms depend on being able to recruit and retain suitably qualified skilled workers today and in future. Many branches are facing major challenges in this respect as a result of the skills shortage, due among others also to demographic reasons. There is a need to recognise demand at an early point in the proceedings so that suitable measures can be taken to keep skilled workers in the region. In this respect, the district is working together with many partners in industry and business.


The future of work is the main priority of the Skilled Workers Office set up by the district as part of the Department for Economic Affairs and Labour. Which skills are missing? Which branch is showing signs of greater demand? What expectations do companies have of the job market? Answers to these questions can be found in the regional job market monitoring which supplies data from the technical industry sector, logistics, the tourism industry, wholesale and retailing together with the healthcare and food industry. The results of surveys among local companies, associations and training organisations are used to analyse the current situation and compile prospects for the economy. Accordingly, 60 percent of the companies expect to encounter problems in filling vacancies with suitably skilled staff over the next five years. 


Skilled Workers Office


The district wants to work side-by-side with corresponding partners to counteract the skills shortage. The Skilled Workers Office is involved not just in the Ems-Hase-Vechte network of the National Initiative for Employment, but is also part of the Skills Alliance North-West which is also dedicated to covering the demand for skilled workers in key regional branches as well as reinforcing the dual training schemes and enhancing family-friendly concepts. 


Osnabrück District is flying the flag against the skills shortage with a range of different projects. The municipal employment service “MaßArbeit” ensures that school-leavers and graduates have access to companies and potential employers, thus helping to smooth their path into employment. It also makes it easier for single mothers to return to work. Recruiting skilled employees from abroad is also seen to offer potential for the regional economy. Skilled workers are being recruited in cooperation with partners specifically from Spain and Romania for the care sector, for example.




“MaßArbeit” takes a very practical, early approach to securing young talents: the main focus of School/Job Transition Management is to put young people in training and work. It supports among others cooperation activities between schools and companies, organises training fairs and deploys training mentors to give young people targeted, individual preparation for their later working life. After all, the strategic assurance and support for skilled labor is a key location factor. As “service provider for the regional economy”, the department gives busi nesses a tailwind.


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