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Training of refugees Training of refugees with commitment and perseverance

Integrating refugees to the labour market - a major challenge. How it works shows the example of the company Lapp Kabel in Stuttgart.

Der Flüchtling Tedros Kerbu macht eine Ausbildung

The refugee Tedros Kerbu makes an apprenticeship.

Entering the production hall of the company Lapp-Kabel, on one side of the hall there are drums: large and small. On which cables can be wound up. Tedros Kerbu winds the just finished cables onto those drums with the aid of machines. The 24 year old Eritrean has been learning how to use those machines and plant operators in this business for two months. A profession that suits him, and he knows: "My father is an engineer, I learned everything from him, I will gladly be an electrician," he says.

In Germany, however, it is not enough to have knowledge, no matter how good it is, one must also have a diploma for it. This requires training culminated in an examination. Information you can get for example at the Federal Employment Agency.

A long road that lies behind Tedros


Until the training course at Lapp - Kabel came, Tedros had to travel a long and dangerous road. At the age of sixteen he left Eritrea due to political reasons, travelled to the Sudan and across the Sahara to Libya. And because it was dangerous there, he ventured with the aid of tugs, journeyed across the Mediterranean on a fully overloaded boat: "We sat very close in the boat for a week, the water and the food were not enough for all, some died" ,

The corpses of the starved were thrown overboard, some jumped in desperation even into the water. The survivors were picked up and returned to Libya after some days. Only with the help of the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, Tedros could come to Europe. That was in 2011.

Take a refugee on with such a story is a challenge for a company. These people need to be looked after in a better way, to be interacted with differently, more emotional, says education director Thilo Lindner. But it is worth it, this is believed at Lapp.

Many midsize companies are looking for professionals


First we see a social obligation in training refugees. Second the medium-sized companies need qualified personnel, explains spokesman Markus Müller: "Our company is competing with the big companies. Many young people want to get there. "

That is why the company invests in Tedros who was met at an operating guide. The young man had convinced them due to his commitment: he had already made his high school and wanted an education. He first got an eight-month internship and attended parallel vocational school. So he got to know everything well and knew what to expect.
Tedros recognised as an asylum seeker

Der Azubi Tedros Kerbu mit Arbeitgeber und Kollegen

The trainee Tedros Kerbu with training manager Thilo Lindner, spokesman Markus Müller and one colleague of the company.

Lapp would not have taken on Tedros, if he had had no refugee status. An apprentice with acquiescence, which can be deported at any time, that does not work, says Thilo Lindner. Because one cannot concentrate, not at training in the operation nor at school. A company must also be able to plan.

For Tedros it is not over with the training course. In his spare time he continues to improve his German. With CDs or dictionaries. Employers find it important to have good German knowledge.

Vocational training for asylum seekers can begin already in Germany after a three months stay. Those who are tolerated whose application for asylum, were rejected but which cannot be deported, may from the moment of their acquiescence. However, in both cases prior to the training the immigration office must always grant permission. Then asylum seekers may remain in Germany until they have completed their training.