Facts about Germany 2015 2015 - Page 79

Dual vocational training: the German model, which combines theory and practice, is being adapted in many countries seats on the supervisory board. Furthermore, secure its skilled labour base. “Make it in Ger- the “Collective Bargaining Act” guarantees that many”, a multi-language Internet portal for within a company different collective wage international skilled workers, is a major pro- agreements do not apply for the same work. ject designed to open up the labour market. It What is more, as of 1 July 2014 those who can provides information about career opportuni- prove that they have paid social security contri- ties for those interested in coming to Germany butions for 45 years can retire without any de- and has current job listings for professions in ductions at the age of 63. demand (healthcare, engineering and IT). Furthermore, thanks to the EU Blue Card gradu- In light of Germany’s demographic change, ates and skilled workers have easy access to the one of the country’s most pressing tasks is to German labour market.