German-Tunisian Career Fair „Trained in GermanY“ hosted successfully

The interest for the first German-Tunisian Career Fair "Trained in GermanY" on January 27 in Tunis, organized by the Alumniportal Deutschland in cooperation with the German-Tunisian Chamber of Commerce in Tunisia, was as expected very high. 30 German and Tunisian companies from the automotive, textile, IT, finance and service industry, political foundations and organizations participated in this one-day fair.

The fair was opened by Dr. Martin Henkelmann, managing director of AHK Tunisia, who mentioned in his welcoming speech that the goal is to provide young Germany-Alumni a platform to get in touch with companies and to get inspired by alumni success stories. The event is also intended to support companies in their search for skilled professionals according to Dr. Henkelmann. More than 700 visitors had the opportunity to meet with HR-Representatives of the exhibiting companies. The companies were very satisfied with the quality of visitors.

The program offered also workshops and panel discussion to exchange ideas and experiences for the German-Tunisian partnership in the field of training and employment. Successful Germany-Alumni in Tunisia shared their opinions on what benefits a stay in Germany offers and how it influenced their career development. Everyone agreed that the universities in Germany train close to the needs of the labour market offering its graduates better employment prospects. Because of the German educational background, the language skills and the intercultural competences Germany-Alumni are in high demand for both German and local companies in the Tunisian labour market.

The Minister of Vocational Education and Employment, Mr. Zied Laadhari, and the German Ambassador to Tunisia, Dr. Andreas Reinicke, acquired an overview of the participating companies and institutions during a tour of the fair. Minister Ladhari underlined the need to create job opportunities for Tunisians in Tunisia. “Only if there are interesting prospects in the country, Tunisians who have studied abroad, would return to their homeland back and bring important know-how with them”, explained Minister Ladhari. Raouf Ben Debba, President of AHK Tunisia, stressed that the requirements of the companies do not always correspond with the competencies of graduates and that such an event is a good opportunity for young people to get to know the companies and to interact with representatives from industry and politics in panel discussions and workshops.

Sabine Olthof, project manager of the Alumniportal Deutschland at GIZ, mentioned in her speech that Tunisia is not only one of the countries with the most members in the Alumni Portal, but also among the top 10 countries with the most active members. “This was the deciding factor for selecting Tunisia as one of three locations in 2016 to organize a career fair”, explained Ms. Olthof. Trained in Germany will continue in 2016 in Tunisia with a virtual career fair to bring together companies and Germany-related qualified professionals not only in real places, but also in virtual spaces and innovative formats. The date for the virtual career fair for Tunisia will be announced in the coming weeks.

Download the agenda and the exhibition catalogue (in German and French only).