The many SMEs in Thuringia face major challenges for the future: These include, not least, the necessary development of foreign markets, as well as meeting the demand for skilled employees. Only through internationalisation and cross-border cooperation can companies and research institutes develop successfully, and without an influx from outside, the skilled labour gap cannot be closed. The LEG foreign trade team “Thüringen International” (TI) and the LEG work area “Thüringer Agentur für Fachkräftegewinnung” (ThAFF) provide active support in this respect.
Andreas Krey Spokesman of the LEG Management Board
“The big trip to Vietnam and Singapore shows that Thuringia needs to look beyond the horizon when it comes to internationalisation, business relations and recruiting skilled employees – there are interesting partners on all continents to do business with, establish cooperation and find the employees of tomorrow. Our offers are attractive for companies as well as for research institutes and universities.”
In the course of the trip, a large number of contacts were established and expanded, the participants initiated planning with their Asian partners, concluded cooperation agreements and agreed on the employment of 60 trainees from Vietnam. Among others, the UAS Erfurt, the UAS Nordhausen and the Cluster Innovent e.V. signed three cooperation agreements in Vietnam. Production sites, a German hospital and a training centre were planned. In Singapore, visited for the first time by a Thuringian delegation, numerous individual business contacts were established for the companies; research cooperation was expanded.