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Germany Launches Strategic Initiatives to Facilitate Workforce Integration for Foreign Graduates

Dec 15, 2023

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In a transformative move and collaborative efforts led by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany has introduced significant initiatives to support foreign students from diverse backgrounds in their pursuit of employment within the country. With extensive funding of € 120 million until 2028, the new flagship programs namely The FIT Programme and The Profi Plus Programme aim to address Germany’s shortage of skilled workers through training and refining of skills.

Keep reading to find out more about these strategic initiatives.

The FIT Programme

Under the ‘Promotion of International Talent for Integration into Studies and the Labour Market programme’, widely recognized as the FIT Programme, universities can provide personalized support to international students throughout various stages of their higher Study in Germany. From preparatory courses to academic success programs, integration initiatives, and specialized programs for entering the workforce, the FIT Programme is designed to ensure comprehensive assistance.

Universities throughout Germany are invited to join this initiative and a careful selection process will identify those chosen for impactful projects. Commencing from the spring of 2024, up to 70 eligible projects will be funded, and each qualifying university is set to receive approximately €1 million per project by 2028 for taking measures to address key areas like,

  • Guiding international students for their academic journey in Germany.
  • Ensuring the academic success and achievements of international students.
  • Strengthening employability within the German job market by multiplying foreign graduates.
  • Providing them with robust support to navigate their career transitions.

The Profi Plus Programme

Parallel to the FIT Programme, the Profi Plus Programme, or 'Academic Adaptation Qualification for the German Labour Market,' has been officially introduced. This program is designed for students who already hold a foreign university degree and professional experience from abroad. The core objective of the Profi Plus Programme is to assist these graduates in aligning their qualifications with the requirements of the German Labour market. Along with specialized training, students will be taught to craft effective job applications, as well as language and communication training tailored to the workplace. For the Profi Plus program, funding has been planned for 25 university projects across Germany, with each project receiving €700,000 until 2028.

Talking about how both the initiatives will be helpful for both German and international students, Joybrato Mukherjee, President of DAAD said: With this initiative, we are expanding the opportunities for our member universities to qualify and support international talent during their studies, at graduation and during their transition into the German labor market. In this way, we are strengthening the integration of international students at universities and in our society. At the same time, we ensure that young people from all over the world have better career opportunities in Germany after successfully completing their studies and contribute to alleviating the shortage of skilled workers."

These are noteworthy initiatives introduced by the German government that are crucial for your higher education plans in Germany. If you have questions regarding higher study in Europe or any popular study destination worldwide and need expert advice, feel free to reach out to us at KC Overseas. Our experienced study-abroad counselors are ready to guide you through the process of studying abroad. 

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