No outsourcing to low-wage countries

No outsourcing to low-wage countries

Already for the 13th time. For the first time, the craftsmen’s meeting for the counties of rhon-grabfeld and bad kissingen took place on the kreuzberg, and once again the motto was "exchanging experiences and making contacts". Initiator of the district’s master craftsman association, bruno werner, proudly pointed out the achievements of the craftsmen in both districts. In 2.700 craft enterprises with 22.000 employees are 1.250 apprentices trained. Each company employs an average of eight people, and all of them have relatively secure jobs. "The skilled trades in the two counties do not outsource jobs to low-wage countries."

The demand for craft services is becoming increasingly rough, so werner appealed to the companies not to slacken with the training performance. This year, there will be a "year of craftsmanship" at the district level a variety of events, for which bruno werner thanked district administrator thomas habermann. The rough connection to the craft was made clear by a number of honorary guests, including representatives of regional banks, representatives of schools and from bavarian politics sandro kirchner.

This year there was a keynote presentation by corporate customer and corporate succession consultant andreas zwick from volksbank raiffeisenbank rhon-grabfeld as well as a panel discussion on current topics of concern to the skilled trades, which was chaired by irina hanft from bayerischer rundfunk radio. Zwick addressed a number of issues that entrepreneurs should consider in time to be able to live well in old age. Often the assets are in the business and perhaps in a nice house, but what about the liquidity in old age, after passing on the business?. Entrepreneurs often think too little or too late about their own old-age provision. He appealed to young entrepreneurs in particular to take advantage of the time and make provisions for their old age early on. Using examples, he showed what amounts were needed to be able to live well and in a self-determined manner in old age.

Walter heublein, president of the chamber of handicrafts in lower franconia, thomas bold, district administrator of bad kissingen, bruno werner, and ulrike lochner-erhard, district administrator of bad kissingen, sandro kirchner and markus merz, chairman of the board of the volksbank and raiffeisenbank rhon-grabfeld, took part in the panel discussion.

"Where does the craft print the shoe?", irina hanft wanted to know. An excellent balance for 2018 is offset by 1,000 unfilled apprenticeship positions in lower franconia, demographic change and the trend towards higher school-leaving qualifications are causing concern for the craft trade sector. A concrete problem in filling apprenticeship positions is the difficult mobility in the rural area. Both the politicians and the representatives of the trade agreed that a remedy was needed here. District administrator bold reported on attempts in the district of bad kissingen to make it easier for young people to attend vocational school and find an apprenticeship. Where this was not possible, he spoke out in favor of the early driving license with exceptional permission. Sandro kirchner reminded of the past, where exactly this possibility existed already once. The authority to issue the exemption lay with the district councils, which had also worked very well in rhon-grabfeld and bad kissingen. But a third county objected, and that’s when the problems began. According to his current information the old variant was reinstated and trainees could apply for an early driver’s license by way of an exemption.

In this context, there was a discussion about the increasing centralization of vocational schools, which was not considered to be on target. Association and education policy should be taken to task here. Another topic that was discussed in detail by the craftsmen was municipal contracting. Bruno werner thinks municipalities are not making enough use of their opportunities. "Nationwide and europe-wide tenders are not always necessary." District administrator bold and chamber of handicrafts president heublein pointed out the difficult legal situation and the procurement regulations. Nevertheless, it must be clear to municipalities that, in the case of a regional award, the trade tax remains in their own area, heublein explained, and advised all municipal representatives to involve companies from the region wherever possible. He asked the craftsmen to also think about the time after a rough order and possibly to enter into cooperations with colleagues.

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