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German firms offer jobs at fair, complain about poor language skills

Ten German investors active in Slovakia took part in the Start Your Career in a German Company job fair at Žilina University on Thursday, May 5. German Ambassador to Slovakia Axel Hartmann noted that the fair was designed to highlight the activities of more than 400 German companies in Slovakia and the May 1 opening of the German labour market to citizens of the ten EU member states that joined the union in 2004.

Ten German investors active in Slovakia took part in the Start Your Career in a German Company job fair at Žilina University on Thursday, May 5. German Ambassador to Slovakia Axel Hartmann noted that the fair was designed to highlight the activities of more than 400 German companies in Slovakia and the May 1 opening of the German labour market to citizens of the ten EU member states that joined the union in 2004.

"Germany's economy is the fourth largest in the world, but we have too few young people and qualified workers. Therefore we have to look for them in other countries ... including Slovakia. The available jobs concerned are mainly technical, but I think that a similar problem has affected Slovakia, as German companies have created 90,000 jobs there, and problems with finding qualified workers is beginning to emerge," said Hartmann, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

According to, Franz-Josef Schulte, a member of the managing board of the Slovak-German Trade and Industry Chamber, Slovakia lacks certain specific workers, such as locksmiths. Therefore the chamber has approached Slovak schools in order to tackle the problem. He also complained about the language skills of young engineers, who "have huge problems with languages. But without having a grasp of a foreign language, it's difficult to work in such a company," said Schulte.

Žilina University's pro-rector for foreign and public relations, Peter Fabian, noted that the job fair was organised by the university, the Slovak-German Trade and Industry Chamber and the German Embassy in Slovakia.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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