Special Employment Program in Germany Tailored for Indian Nurses Seeking Opportunities Overseas

Special Employment Program in Germany Tailored for Indian Nurses Seeking Opportunities Overseas

Germany’s Growing Nursing Shortage Spurs Innovative Triple Win Program for Indian Nurses

Germany is grappling with a shortage of skilled nursing staff, and the demand is expected to surge by 500,000 nurses by 2030, exacerbated by demographic shifts. To address this, the Triple Win Programme, launched in 2013 by the German Federal Employment Agency’s International Placement Services (ZAV) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, focuses on the migration of qualified nurses from India, specifically Kerala.

This collaborative effort facilitates the placement of skilled nurses from India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Tunisia to work in Germany. The program operates under an agreement between the German Federal Employment Agency (BA) and Norka Roots, emphasizing the selection and placement of nursing professionals.

In the program, nurses from Kerala undergo language and technical training upon obtaining licenses, receive assistance in settling into life and careers in Germany, and initiate the formal recognition process for their qualifications within 12 months of arrival.

The “Triple Win” approach ensures benefits for both the country of origin and the host country, as well as individual migrants. Nurses from Kerala find employment opportunities and professional growth in Germany, with established norms ensuring equitable working conditions and uniform remuneration. The program contributes to knowledge transfer to the home country in the long term.

Responsibilities for the program include ZAV of BA for selection and placement on the German side and Norka Roots in Kerala. GIZ GmbH supports the Indian partner administration, assists in language and professional skills preparation, and aids integration in Germany.

The application process involves fulfilling criteria such as graduating from an accredited nursing education institution in India, holding specific qualifications, and proving German language proficiency. Documents required include a CV, motivation letter, legalized copies of relevant certificates, and passport copy.

The initial working visa is valid for one year, transitioning to a resident permit after completing the recognition process and B2 exam in Germany. After five years, the visa can be converted into a permanent resident permit.

Family reunification is possible, subject to fulfilling essential conditions, and the program covers placement, language and technical training, and integration support at no cost to applicants. Medical examination and measles vaccination expenses are also covered before departure.

Source: Economics Times