Business associations and unions warn of a growing shortage of skilled workers in technical and scientific professions – and want to attract more girls and young women in particular. The shortage of so-called Mint workers has been high for years and will continue to increase in the future, according to the recommendations of the “National Mint Forum” working group. The terms mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology are hidden behind the abbreviation Mint. Girls and young women in particular should be inspired by specific supports for Mint apprenticeships, according to one article. The proportion of women in professional mint training has stagnated between 10 and 15% for more than 20 years.
“Even though the shortage of skilled workers has recently diminished due to the increase in the number of unemployed and the decline in job vacancies due to the corona pandemic, there is still a shortage of skilled workers,” says the newspaper. As soon as the economic situation improves again, a further increase in the shortage of skilled workers can be expected. Mint graduates are particularly sought after urgently to master the major issues of the future such as climate protection.
Young people should not be guided by what the supposed jobs of women or men are, the newspaper continues. “Breaking down gender-specific career choice behaviors can make an important contribution to tackling the skills shortage. »Training and labor markets are still strongly gender specific in some cases. Many young people have settled into their so-called “dream jobs”, often characterized by stereotypical role models, without having a clear idea of the demands of the job description and of everyday working life. The most popular apprenticeships among young people are currently automotive mechatronics, electronics or computer scientists. Girls mainly choose apprenticeships such as medical assistants, retail salespeople or hairdressers.