“It is something we have to deal with sooner or later.”
Horst Busch Elektro-Technik GmbH is an industry leader in the recognition of professional qualifications. The numbers of applicants for electrician roles have been falling for years. The Horst Busch group, however, has recognised the signs of the times, and is now focusing on recruiting applicants with foreign professional qualifications. Michael Gantenberg, an authorised representative of the group, is convinced this is the right way forward – “it is something we have to deal with sooner or later.” An ever-increasing number of applications from people with qualifications obtained abroad are landing on his desk. Meanwhile, the initial scepticism surrounding qualifications obtained abroad has now subsided; Michael Gantenberg is inviting more and more applicants with foreign qualifications to come in for an interview.
A worthwhile and future-thinking experiment
The company’s first encounter with applicants holding non-German qualifications came in 2013. Thanks to their cooperation with regional educational institutions, applications from Bulgarian Angel Rangelov and Lukasz Sobiegraj from Poland found their way to Horst Busch Elektro-Technik GmbH. Both already had basic German language skills and the right professional skills. The company recognised their potential: Lukasz Sobiegraj was given a job right away, while Bulgarian Angel Ramelow was initially offered a trial placement. For 47-year-old Angel Ramelow, this was a real stroke of luck. When he first came to Germany from Bulgaria back in 2005, he had great difficulty finding his feet in the profession he was trained for. He kept his head above water with temporary jobs in the construction sector. This trial placement provided the opportunity for him to impress Michael Gantenberg with his competence as an electrician, and today he is an indispensable member of the team.