Mr. K., when did you come to Germany?
I came to Germany at the end of 2000, when I was 20. I had
completed my training two years previously. In Turkey, I qualified
as an industrial mechanic.
Were you able to continue to work in your occupation when
you arrived in this country?
I tried to continue to work in my occupation for the first year. But I
had no chance. Things were very difficult for me. I then worked for
seven years as an industrial cleaner at a large power station. Of
course, I didn’t earn much.
What happened next?
I managed to find a job in my occupation of industrial mechanic
at a company in Bergheim. I worked there for almost 3 years, until
2010. There were redundancies at the company because of the
economic crisis. I became unemployed and decided to get my
training qualifications recognised in this country. The recognition
laws were not, however, in place at that time. I found work as a
mechanic via a temping agency, became unemployed again and
moved onto the next temping agency.
When did you learn of the new law?
I first heard about the new law from a Turkish association which
held an information event at Kerpen Town Hall in 2012. I went along
to the event. The people there were very nice. A German member
of staff helped me a great deal.
In 2012, you became unemployed again …
I sent out applications all over the place, but I was unable to get
a job because I did not have any recognised training. And then I
came to the decision for myself that I needed to get recognition
for my qualifications in some way or another. I obtained the
recognition paperwork from the Chamber of Industry and
Commerce in Cologne and went to the Employment Agency. I
told them that I could not get a job without a recognised vocational
What helped you in getting recognition for your occupation?
The Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Cologne was particularly
helpful. I sent the forms off, and they forwarded them to the
IHK FOSA in Nuremberg, which is responsible for te recognition
of foreign occupations. I then got some more letters and forms.
I went to the Turkish Consulate again and to the Town Hall to have
my diploma certified. Five months later, I received a telephone
call fromthe IHK FOSA. They wanted a reference from my last
I have now got my recognition. The costs of the recognition
procedure were paid by the Employment Agency because I was
on benefits at the time. My advisors said OK, we will pay. I wanted
to work, but I couldn’t get a job without a recognised vocational
qualification. I started work with a new company a week ago. I’m
really happy with the job. It’s the best possible outcome for me.
Mr. K., thank you for the interview!
Ümit K. lives with his wife and their daughter in the Westerwald
region. The interview was conducted in March 2013.
He received particular help and active support with his recognition
procedure from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK)