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Germany Woos LATAM Talent with Upskilling Program

Germany will channel US$11 million for a training program that aims to fill its own talent gap with Latin American workers.

The program is run by a German agency for international companies (GIZ) and has the support of several universities, as well as German multinationals.

“This program is a win-win for both Germany and Latin America,” said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. “It will help create a skilled workforce in Latin America, which could lead to increased trade and investment between the two regions. It will also help improve the skills of workers in Latin America, which could lead to higher wages and better job opportunities.”

Germany hopes to train up to 2,200 workers in the first year, focusing on talented individuals in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia.

The Goethe-Institut, a German cultural institute, reportedly agreed to teach German to Latin Americans so that they will be able to work in the European country with ease.

The language courses are designed to help the participants “improve their knowledge of the German language so that they can communicate effectively in the workplace,” the German institute said in a blog post.

In addition, the German government is running an advertising campaign in some Latin American countries, inviting young graduates to come and work in the European country.

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According to the German Institute of Economic Research, about 168,300 Latin Americans were working in Germany as of December 2022, with their numbers increasing by only 60,000 since 2011.

Germany needs 1.5 million immigrants every year to plug the skill gap, according to local media reports.

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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