Austria is facing a 17-year decline in the number of 15-year-olds that began in 2007 and won’t turn upward until 2024, according to government data. Faced with a deficit of new apprentices, the country’s labor ministry last month allowed asylum-seekers under age 25 to enter trade apprenticeships.
In addition, a growing number of apprentices begin at an older age, after they have finished secondary school…
“Right now we have a good equilibrium but demography is the challenge,” said Sebastian Wandl, a restaurant chef at Oben, atop Vienna’s central library which doesn’t accept apprentices.. “Increasingly, people are entering apprenticeships through non-traditional routes.”
Meanwhile in Vienna, tired from the hours and intensity of kitchen labor, Spindler the chef quit his job last month. He’s trying to decide between job offers from other restaurants and setting up his own eatery.
“An apprenticeship makes a person grow up and it did me good,” he said. “These kids still need to learn the basics. That’s what people have forgotten.”
Adapted chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor
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