Four Motors for Europe

Job Mobility: Exploring Opportunities in the Four Motors for Europe

Gaining practical experience in other countries during the apprenticeship? The Four Motors are working on enhancing the possibilities.

The stand of the region of Baden-Württemberg at this year’s Mondial des Métiers | © Petra Holtmeyer

One aim of the Four Motors is to support the mutual mobility of their apprentices. By now, the mobility rate of apprentices from Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is at 5%, with 21% going to one of the Four Motors partner regions. In 2018, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Baden-Württemberg signed an agreement aiming at supporting the mutual mobility of apprentices. Already between 2012 and 2018, the number of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes apprentices spending a profession-related stay in Baden-Württemberg increased from 63 to 167 and consequently more than doubled. However, there is still much potential. That’s why the stand of the region of Baden-Württemberg at this year’s Mondial des Métiers focused on the topics “international mobility” and “job opportunities in Baden-Württemberg/Germany”.

Baden-Württemberg participated at the fair already for the 19th time, which illustrates the lively cooperation between the German region and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes within the Four Motors. One of the main foci of the Baden-Württemberg fair stand this year was the dual vocational training system in Germany. Students from a vocational school in Karlsruhe presented different professions such as custom tailor or media designer in an interactive manner. For example, visitors could sew on fabrics. Thereby, they could get to know these professions better. In the special area of gastronomy, Baden-Württemberg was represented by a team composed of three cooks, including two apprentices. Together with colleagues from Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Catalunya and other regions, they did a show cooking event.