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Virus tracer apps can help protect schools

The corona pandemic also confronts vocational training institutions, especially large schools, with extreme challenges. Following the general closures, these currently include continuing school operations via the Internet as far as possible and updating existing examination organization.

The most serious challenge, however, will arise when school operations are resumed. How is the conflict of targets between teaching in groups and the protection of individual participants to be solved?

In closed organizations like these, virus tracer programs are an important tool. Although they do not prevent infection, they do allow the quick and effective identification of contact persons when an infection occurs. They cannot be prescribed for use, leaving it up to the member of the school community to decide. But analogous to the vaccination against measles, there is a possibility that entering school and participating in lessons will only be allowed to those who declare themselves willing to do so in the interest of themselves and the community. This should make a practically complete coverage possible.

This is of less importance for smaller institutions. Here all members can be informed in case of infection of a member. But vocational schools often have a size of 2 - 3000 persons. It is disproportionate to close the whole school again immediately because of a single contact case. This applies not only to schools but also to other large institutions such as school authorities, ministries, inter-company vocational workshops and so on.

As with other closed institutions, the reporting of infectious diseases can be made an obligation. In a first circle, all persons who have had contact with the infected person during a suitable period can be ordered into social distance. In a wider circle, their contacts too may be warned and asked to keep their distance for a period corresponding, for example, to the incubation period. In this way, a tracer app is an effective means of maintaining a reasonable balance between teaching and safety.

We inform vocational training institutions about the status of the development of such programs, advise on the characteristics of individual programs and on their use in practice.

Focus on people - support and integrate (?)

"Focus on people - support and integrate" is the nice slogan of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees in Germany. But they are focussing rather slowly, as far as vocational training is concerned. True, they work a lot. Their working paper "Berufliche und akademische Ausbildung von Migranten" is the fifth part of their series "Integrationsreport" and it has 80 pages! It's only sad, that it is of 2009 (!) and not up to date with legislation.

Integration is not really a topic of high rank for the German authorities. Nor ist it for many workers in the social sector. They don't deal with this matter professionaly. So people from "Third Countries" i.e. not EU and Switzerland, are facing a lot of difficulties, when they want to live and WORK in Germany. The fact, that they need a "residence title" which permits them to work, is the main concern of the German Federal Office for Migration. Here their website is up to date.

No wonder, that only a small percentage of immigrants comming each year to Germany really succeeds in starting a career.

Program Mobipro-EU updated by German Government

Now the german government has updated the promotion guideline "Promotion of vocational mobility of young people from Europe interested in vocational training" (MobiPro-EU). The new MobiPro guideline involves the following changes: Promotion services are no longer applied for by the trainee but instead by a project provider. The project provider applies for and organises all eligible measures for these young people. The placement of young people interested in vocational training into projects occurs entirely through the Federal Employment Agency.

This is a severe disadvantage of the new approach. As only corporations may apply for promotion in the future, they have full control over the kind of jobs they offer. The new principle for the young EU-citizens will be: Take what we offer, or die. Free choice of profession is no longer possible for them in Germany . Instead the young EU citizens will have to take, what nobody else wants as a job here.

Particularly professions with no future.

Training places, i.e. apprenticeship places

There are many websites, where lots of training places are offered. But all offers are only available in German. Although some articles and headings are translated at the Federal Employment Agency, it is not the case with the offers of training places or the job designation. So only someone who can understand German very well can understand.

With our consulting we help you choose freely your job. Together we can look for your desired training and internship. Afterwards we help you with the application.