How matching problems arise? Difficulties of matching in the training market are mismatches between offers and demands, which lead to unsuccessful attendees on both sides of the training market.
In the last few months, we, as the WGM angels of the “Windthorst Gymnasium Meppen“, worked on our project “Matching problems in the vocational training market: How can training places and applicants find each other?” All together, we are fourteen girls and two teachers who tried to solve the problem with the help of Prof. Dr. Amelie Schiprowski from ECONtribute.
Through our own surveys, we have found that many future trainees don’t have enough practical experience, and there is a lack of communication between companies and prospective trainees. Of 175 respondents, 85% stated that they had only completed a maximum of two internships but were interested in more practical experience. Our interviews with the companies confirmed that they have problems reaching future trainees, and thus available the training places remain unfilled.
After dealing with this problem, we came to the conclusion, that due to digitalization, to develop an app. Our app, FindA enables prospective trainees to gain more practical experience, broadens their horizons and offers faciliated, direct and personal contact between them and the companies. How is this supposed to work? Both future trainees and companies create a profile in which they enter their data and expectations. An algorithm ensures that both sides are notified when there is a 70% match. A chat function is then activated so that the seeker and the company can communicate with each other quickly and easily.
Currently, there are already apps and websites, for example, “Azubiwelt” or “Praktikumsnavi”. They make it easier to search for job advertisements for apprenticeships, internships or jobs, but all the apps or websites we found have some weaknesses. This is what we want to fix with our App FindA. So, in our app, seekers can search for apprenticeships, internships, and jobs, and they can do so throughout Germany, not just in certain parts of it. With our app, we want to help all job seekers but especially young people to find their dream job and start their future careers.