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More women in MINT professions
The reason for the young miserable is demographic change: In Germany, every year significantly more engineers retire than new to work, and the gap is getting bigger every year.
In the future, VDI expects the 2008-launched project MINT Role Models to showcase women's skills in engineering disciplines and to support the young female in the course of their studies and professional choice, a boost for women in engineering professions.
Germany at the end of the ranking
With this trend, Germany is still at the end of the list of all OECD countries. This is particularly dramatic because the Federal Republic has a much higher share of the gross domestic product than almost all other leading industries.
The crisis has hardly affected the major structural trends, but this is not the case. Germany's lead in future-oriented efficiency technologies is threatening to melt as experts say, because there is a lack of young talent in these interdisciplinary sectors.
Since the graduates of the MINT subjects strongly contribute to research and innovation, we would point out that the lack of young researchers could have a particularly negative effect on the future innovative power of Germany.
What to do about it?
Therefore, one is now active: With a new competition, the Founders' Association and the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation want to encourage higher education institutions to develop sustainable strategies for more MINT graduates.
The colleges should inspire more undergraduate students for the MINT subjects, increase their academic success (ie lower drop-out rates) and attract and retain more foreign students. Until the 10. October 2009 can join universities for a total of 1,6 million in funding apply, It is to be promoted up to six universities. More information:
Promotion of STEM subjects especially for women
The promotion of STEM subjects, however, is something that has been written by the Federal Employment Agency on its flags - and especially for women. Initiatives such as increasing female prospects for these subjects should be won.
In itself a nice idea, but for me it always seems a bit as if the federal agency would work with these actions two birds with one stone: less unemployed women on the one hand, fewer vacancies on the other and already is Statistics again smooth. It is questionable whether such programs can really inspire more women for MINT subjects.
Number of unemployed engineers dropped for the first time again
In June 2009, the number of unemployed engineers has declined for the first time in six months. Compared to the previous month, the number decreased slightly by 0,2 percent on nationwide around 25.000. In June, 59.000 engineers could not be occupied. The engineering gap during the observation period amounted to 35.000 persons.
With regard to the individual occupational groups, the largest gap with scarcely 16.000 remained with the machine and vehicle engineers, while with the electrical engineers it stagnated at 8.700. From a regional point of view, as in the previous month, Baden-Württemberg had the largest gap with 7.600 engineers - followed by North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria.
Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, there is an increase in vacancies
The engineer monitor of the month June focuses on the federal states Rhineland-Palatinate and the Saarland. Here again a positive development of the open engineering places shows since April - in 2009 4.000 76 in June and thus 3.100 per cent more than at the low in March of this yearly. Due to the increase in vacancies and declining unemployment figures, the engineering gap in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland has grown contrary to the general trend and amounted to XNUMX persons in June.
The need for machine and vehicle construction engineers (1.757) is also greatest in these federal states because both Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate are important locations for the automotive and supply industries. The most important industry in Rhineland-Palatinate is the chemical industry. Here, above all, mechanical engineers are also sought.
Monthly current data: engineer monitor of the VDI and IW Cologne
The "Engineer Monitor" provides comprehensive data and facts on the engineering labor market on a monthly basis and casts a spotlight on a federal state or region. Both the overall job vacancy in the engineering segment, the number of unemployed and the shortage of skilled workers as well as the comparison to the previous month are considered. In addition, the Engineer Monitor focuses on the engineering labor market in a region and highlights developments over the past nine years.
The monitor is available free of charge and can be subscribed online (vdi.de/studien) or as a brochure. The compilation is offered by VDI in cooperation with the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft in Cologne.
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