Germany sees steep rise in migrants learning a trade

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An association representing Germany's trades says the number of migrants doing apprenticeships more than doubled last year.

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The ZDH association said Thursday that in 2017 its members had about 11,000 apprentices from eight countries that represent the majority of refugees in Germany, including Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

A year earlier the number of apprentices from those countries was about 4,600.

The most popular apprenticeships include automotive technician, plant mechanic and hairdresser.

Germany's apprenticeship system is highly regarded as a bridge between school and a profession, but a drop in the birth rate and a rise in people going to university has caused a shortage of apprentices in recent years.