Young, qualified and out of work
(JB) The number of young people signing up for apprenticeships in Luxembourg exceeded the number of places available this year.
According to employment minister Nicolas Schmit, some 362 youngsters were competing for just 222 places at the beginning of November.
The shortage appears to be particularly acute for youngsters taking the CCP qualification (accounting for 125 students), for which only 45 suitable apprenticeships were available.
Apprenticeships for youngsters taking their DAP/CATP had a larger choice of placements, however, 27 youngsters falling into this category were left without placements this year.
The apprenticeship system received a substantial boost recently when the government increased learning allowance subsidies from 27% to 40% for firms offering schemes.
This resulted in a slight increase in posts though not enough to support the rapidly growing interest in apprenticeships.
Mr Schmit explained another issue is that some fields, where posts are available, are proving less popular.
He said: “It must be noted that for certain apprenticeship posts we receive fewer requests than there are placements. This is the case for DAP/CATP places in carpentry, roofing, bricklaying, plastering and restaurant service. We underline that to reduce these imbalances and to place as many young people as possible into apprenticeships, the OP service makes candidates aware they must research at least three different kinds of schemes when applying in order to maximise their chances of finding an apprenticeship.”