Stuttgart - More than 70 migrants have started training to become geriatric care assistants in the southwest. In autumn, five classes each started in five schools, said spokeswoman for the Stuttgart Ministry of Culture. The trainees come from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Gambia, Colombia and Pakistan as well as from several European countries. However, it cannot be said whether there are also refugees among the trainees: According to the ministry, the reasons for migration are not statistically recorded.
The training is aimed specifically at migrants with little knowledge of German who are employed as geriatric care workers want to learn. The model should actually have started last autumn - however, no classes were held at the time because the supporting institutions had not offered enough training places. According to the ministry, more than 50 institutions are taking part in this school year.
The training to become geriatric nurse normally takes one year. However, the time is doubled in the new model because the migrants are to receive language support, among other things, and can prepare for naturalization test. After completing the two-year training, the trainees can then start the second year of geriatric care training.
The Ministry of Culture wants to use the new model recruit more skilled workers for care. The need for care will increase significantly in the coming years: in the southwest, according to model calculation by the State Statistical Office from 2014, the number of people in need of care is expected to increase by 37 percent to around 381,000 by 2030. By 2050, the number could even increase by 80 percent.