Vocational schools offer training to become educational social assistants

Explicitly desire men

Christian Jansmantel and Marcus Dreherr would like to take care of the children. Training to become a state-certified social-educational assistant is now offered at Britten Vocational Schools.

He moved from private school to vocational school of health and care and today he gets good grades on his way to high school. Christian Jansmantel loves to work with children, as does Marcus Dreherr. Both want to become state-approved educational social assistants. Both have applied for an Integrated Training Course, PIA for short.

This will be offered for the first time at BSB – but this is not yet certain. The class may not get together until the following school year. Because so far there are only eight applicants, 16 applicants will be required, and they will all have to show a contract of apprenticeship – in nurseries, after-school centers or other care facilities. Gänßmantel and Dreher hope to find other candidates.

So far, only one of the eight, Marcus Dreherr, has a job offer. What are we lacking in light of the 22 childcare facilities in Britain alone and the great shortage of skilled workers? Finally, government funds ensure significant support for PIA employees’ bonuses by sponsors. Municipalities smuggle in with these grants, says Bernard Weinzen, head of the Britten Office of Education and Culture.

PIA develops training to become a childcare worker

BSB attributes the hesitant feedback from organizations to the fact that the training is only new to the market. In addition, utilities have yet to clarify questions about personnel key and PIA recognition, as this is not yet included in the official catalog of skilled workers. So far, of all the institutions contacted – well over 22 in Britain – only two have answered questions.

Valuable work: Christian Gänßmantel wants to do valuable work and is training to become a state-certified social-educational assistant. The new profession is the promotion of nannies.

Photo: Irmeli Thienes

It is also more difficult for small enterprises in rural areas to commit, such as a three-year training contract, than large municipalities as sponsors. However, vocational schools state the advantage that the institutions will then have a trusted specialist who may also remain after training.

BSB Acting President Nicole Roeder explains, PIA workers – like former child care workers – are “used as second workers in kindergarten.” Feineisen: “So you can’t take on all the tasks, for example not leading a group on your own.” This reduces demand.

We are pleased to add applicants to our mailing list.

Thomas Speicher, Deputy Director General of VSA, Office of Management and Service of the Evangelical Church

“The city also offers only one position for PIA workers at its facilities,” says Wienzen, as is currently the case in Drachenburg. According to Thomas Spieker, Protestant institutions employ only one person from the PIA. “We are pleased to add applicants to the mailing list,” says Deputy Director General of the Office of Church Administration and Service, VSA.

What if there are not enough interested parties? Since BSB is so far the only school in the administrative district to offer the PIA educational path of social and educational assistance, with fewer than 16 applicants, the only option is to refer previous applicants to the alternative, Classical Training in Child Care.

Dream Job: Markus Dreher wants to change his job again at the age of 40 and start a new apprenticeship. The trained office clerk discovered his joy in working with children while doing temporary work.

Photo: Irmeli Thienes

In addition to the PIA for socio-pedagogical assistance, there is also practice-oriented training for teachers. According to the Regional Council (RP), this is only served in Bruchsal, Ettlingen and Karlsruhe.

It is an invaluable job.

Marcus Dreherr, potential PIA . trainee

Gänßmantel and Dreher see the added value of their dream job, as they call it, in much detail: experiencing how a child overcomes his fear and still climbs the climbing frame. Or teach children with immigrant backgrounds a few words of German each day, providing relief or doodling. Both felt warmly welcomed by the kids and were welcomed by both teams during internships, career guidance or temporary jobs – especially as men.

“It’s an invaluable job,” says Dreher. This is why both would accept two years without pay as a nanny, even though they would much prefer PIA. At the age of 40, Dreherr does not want to be a burden to his wife. He had to close his shop during the pandemic and applied for an education voucher as a precaution.

BSB hopes that the PIA reward will also encourage men to apply. So far, three of the eight interested parties are male.

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