Helping people in Kosovo find jobs

23.02.2016 – To find a job, you first have to know where to look. Since the summer of 2015, the German Information Point for Migration, Vocational Training and Career (DIMAK) has been helping people in their search.

Three questions and three answers with James Macbeth, GIZ Country Director in Kosovo

Mr Macbeth, could you tell us what DIMAK is exactly?

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH set up DIMAK on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in May 2015. At that time, a lot of people were heading for Germany as asylum seekers in the hope of finding a better future – often however without little chance of success. At DIMAK, we educate people about the legal ways to take part in vocational training or to find employment in Germany and we explain the conditions they have to meet. For example, school or vocational training qualifications obtained in Kosovo first have to be officially recognised before people can use them for applications in Germany. And knowledge of the German language is a must. We advise people on how they can best meet these conditions, for instance by going through their papers and documents with them or assisting them to find a language course.

Isn't it a challenge for Kosovo if so many of its young people are leaving the country for Germany?

Many of the people who train or work in Germany return home with valuable know-how that will help boost their country’s development. Together with Kosovo's Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, we here at DIMAK also inform people of their options for finding work in Kosovo itself. Whether it’s training, upskilling or job offers, DIMAK collects a lot of relevant information that many of those who come to us had not known about before. Only last December we organised a job fair together with Kosovar companies at which there were some 300 jobs available. DIMAK also has a great many workshops on offer – amongst other things on business start-ups or training for job applications and interviews.

How does Germany benefit if people come to us from Kosovo?

Germany has a skills bottleneck – particularly in the handicraft and nursing sectors. At DIMAK we advise people on how to get a foothold in these professions in Germany. For example, we are working with the Diakonie Baden-Württemberg (diaconia – Social Welfare Services of the Protestant Churches in the German Federal State of Baden-Württemberg) to help find training placements in German geriatric care facilities next year for more than 50 trainee nurses. In the meantime, DIMAK has made a name for itself – in the period from May to December some 1,500 people sought our advice. At the moment, we are even getting up to 40 visitors a day. And what’s more, using our social networks we already reach more than one million people with our services.