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Vietnamese caregivers to train and work in Germany

Update: July, 03/2015 - 09:11

A training course for caregivers. About 200 people will be sent to Germany for training in caregiving skills. — Photo suckhoedoisong.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam and Germany yesterday signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) on Vietnamese citizens working in Germany as caregivers.

It is the first such document on labour export that has officially been signed between the two countries.

Early this April, Vivantes – Germany's largest healthcare group based in Berlin – had signed a contract with the Vietnamese labour ministry to employ caregivers at its hospitals.

Under the LOI, 200 people who will be sent to Germany as the first batch of caregivers will attend a German language course starting in August for a B2-level certificate at the Goethe Institute (of Germany) in Ha Noi.

Next year, they will travel to Germany for training in caregiving skills.

Each person selected will pay 300 euros (US$330) to the Centre for Overseas Labour under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to management and training costs.

No other fee will be charged, either as brokerage or for placement.

In Germany, the selected workers will attend a three-year course in caregiving skills. For this, they will get a monthly scholarship of 800 euros (US$885) in the first year, 870 euros ($962) for the second year and 1,000 euros ($1,100) for the third year.

After graduation, each caregiver will be able to earn between 1,800 and 2,300 euros ($1,990 – 2,540), enjoying the same working conditions as German nationals.

As Germany's population ages, demand for caregivers, especially for the elderly, is very high, creating job openings for citizens from other countries. — VNS


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