What benefits can you and your employees expect from the assessment/recognition process? Why is it worth your while to support an international job applicant or existing employee in having their foreign qualifications assessed/recognised? Here we list the advantages a formal assessment of foreign professional qualifications offer you and your employees.
The Recognition Act
Until recently, it was not always possible to reliably assess the quality of professional qualifications obtained abroad. As a result, the skills and abilities of foreign-trained professionals have often gone unused. The Professional Qualifications Assessment Act, also known as the Recognition Act, which came into effect on 1 April 2012, is aimed at resolving this problem: It has been designed to facilitate the assessment and recognition of foreign professional qualifications. People with foreign professional qualifications may now have their qualifications evaluated by an assessment authority (e.g. chamber of trade or industry), irrespective of their nationality. As part of the assessment process, the applicant’s foreign qualification will be compared to the corresponding German qualification in order to determine their equivalence.
The added value of recognition
Formal recognition of foreign professional qualifications is only mandatory for people who want to work in regulated professions, such as medical professionals. In addition, however, there are about 350 officially recognized qualifications that are pursued within the dual system of vocational training; these professions are usually not regulated. However, even in the case of non-regulated professions, a formal assessment may help you as a company to evaluate your candidates’ professional qualifications and identify further training needs.
The official notification issued at the end of the assessment process indicates the extent to which the applicant’s qualification profile corresponds to its German counterpart. This will help you as a company to better assess the competences, skills and abilities of foreign job applicants or of your existing international staff. If you already have employees with foreign professional qualifications you can then place them in a position better suited to their qualifications and thus make optimal use of your available human resources.
Additionally, it is possible that your employees have additional qualifications and skills that you are unaware of but which could be beneficial for your company. The official notification is helpful in this case, too, as it includes a detailed description of the assessed person’s training and related work experience. This will enable you to place them in positions better suited to their qualifications. Furthermore, you can identify their further training needs and encourage your employees to undergo the appropriate training. This will not only secure your supply of skilled workers but also foster long-term loyalty in your workforce. Making your company attractive to job-seekers worldwide will help you to keep up with the competition for the brightest minds.
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