BMW is hiring young Spaniards as part of a youth welfare program

Article by Anita Panait, on May 30, 2013

BMW will be hiring 25 young unemployed Spaniards to work in Germany as part of a program to "give something back" to its customer countries, BMW personnel chief Milagros Caina-Andree told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The Spaniard workers, aged 18 to 25, will train for a year at BMW’s headquarters in Munich, Germany.

Caina-Andree said the workers would be immersed in German culture while possibly living with a BMW host family. They would be assigned to work in development, sales, marketing or another area.  After their training, the young Spaniards could choose to go back to Spain or stay in Germany, Caina-Andree said, adding that the program could be extended to Italy or Greece, some of BMW’s customer countries.

Caina-Andree’s statements come after German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble made a warning that a failure to curb youth unemployment could lead to Europe’s collapse. He also made a warning that dropping Europe’s welfare model in favor of stiffer US standards would lead to a revolution. Germany, France, Spain and Italy are supporting urgent action to help a generation of young Europeans who fear they will not get any job.

Youth unemployment in the EU is almost one in four. More than 50 percent of Spaniards and Greeks under age 25 are unemployed, compared with less than 8 percent of Germans from the same age group. Germany is also eyeing to hire unemployed youth abroad since it has to attract foreign workers to offset shortages in some professions and sectors in its own backyard. [source: automotive news - sub. required]

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