Shortage of skilled labor in region 10: Fall meeting of the Chamber of Commerce Advisory Panels at BFFT headquarters
The ongoing lack of skilled workers in region 10 and employee retention – these were the central themes of the joint meeting of the Eichstatt, Ingolstadt-Pfaffenhofen and Neuburg-Schrobenhausen Chamber of Commerce advisory panels. The Fall panel discussion on 7 October took place at electronics and automotive engineering specialist BFFT in their modern headquarters in Ingolstadt / Gaimersheim.
Before Eduard Liebscher (Chairman of the Eichstätt Chamber of Commerce Advisory Panel) officially opened the meeting at 17.00, the participants, numbering nearly 100, (including Hartmut Beutler / Bauer AG, Manfred Hoffmann / Hoffmann Mineral, Tobias Höpfl / Airbus Defence and Space) had the opportunity to look around BFFT’s headquarters. BFFT’s CEO Markus Fichtner led the tour himself through their modern buildings and workshops. Then the discussion sessions began with speakers Fritz Peters (Chairman of the Ingolstadt-Pfaffenhofen Chamber of Commerce), Eichstätt District Administrator Anton Knapp, and Robert Obermeier (Head of the Economics Department at the Chamber of Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria) giving current trends and figures on the shortage of skilled workers in the region 10: For some time now the region’s economy has been beset by a lack of young skilled workers. The economic evaluation for the Fall showed that the shortage of skilled labor has continued to increase and there are currently 29,000 unfilled trainee places in Bavaria. Further conversation yielded questions about the training of refugees and the role of which transport infrastructure could play in future economic growth.
After this, BFFT founder Markus Fichtner gave a brief overview of the company’s history and how the vehicle technology developer has attempted to counteract the shortage of skilled workers. Since 2007 BFFT has set about implementing innovative measures (including using social media or Active Sourcing) to attract new employees. By 2017, BFFT is expected to have 850 employees worldwide.
After closing remarks by Hartmut Beutler (Chairman of the Neuburg-Schrobenhausen Chamber of Commerce Advisory Panel) the participants were able to carry on the exchange over a cosy social get-together.