Pilot project to attract foreign skilled workers for the German craft trade sector

HabiZu - Handwerk bietet Zukunft is a pilot project funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action, which sequa is implementing together with the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) and the Federal Employment Agency.

  • The project contributes to securing skilled labour in the German craft sector.
  • Based on concrete job offers from craft enterprises, at least 120 skilled workers from Bosnia and Herzegovina will be offered permanent employment contracts over three years.
  • Efficient recruitment and migration processes adapted to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises will be developed.
  • The experience gained in the pilot project will be scientifically evaluated and used for a successful implementation of the Skilled Workers' Immigration Act.

Further information in Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian can be found on the website of the Federal Employment Agency.


Christiane Hardt

Project Director HabiZu




The pilot project started in 2020 and will run until January 2023, with Bosnia and Herzegovina as the first target country. In Germany, employers in three regions will be addressed in three trades: electronics (HWK district Koblenz), metal construction (HWK district Munich and Upper Bavaria) and plant mechanics for sanitary, heating and air conditioning technology (HWK district Potsdam). The examination of the equivalence of the vocational qualification is part of the project. Selected applicants can receive a language and vocational adaptation qualification. Support during the integration phase is guaranteed. A total of three recruitments are planned, each recruitment comprising four phases:




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