Due to a lack of early childhood professionals, the city of Stuttgart cannot allocate thousands of places. Scholarships must now be used to attract interns. This will cost him 1.8 million euros over the next two years.
From this September, the city of Stuttgart will support technical students who want to become educators in the traditional way with a scholarship. The city council has made a total of 1.8 million euros available for this in the double budget 2022/2023. According to the city, this sum can be used to finance around 450 scholarships in parallel.
The background for this measure is the acute shortage of skilled workers in childcare facilities. The latest annual report on the situation in Stuttgart’s nurseries revealed that around 4,000 places for children aged one to six cannot be filled – mainly due to a lack of staff, and secondarily due to delays in expansion or changes in offerings. It would also be necessary to distance many outgoing traditional training to become an educator, who is not paid for the first two years.
Practice-integrated training (Pia), in which a training allowance is paid, is now much more popular. However, the Pia places are limited and in no way cover the need for young people from which not only Stuttgart, but also the whole region suffers. So now, a scholarship in the first two years should restore the appeal of classical training.
200 euros per month for trainees
Isabel Fezer, Mayor of Youth and Education, says: “With the scholarship, we can support future educators with 200 euros per month.” The scholarship is to be paid for the duration of attendance at the technical school, but for a maximum of two years. In the best case, the grant would amount to 4800 euros. In return, the students undertake to carry out the prescribed internships and the recognized internship in an establishment in the city of Stuttgart.
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In order for the investment to pay off even after the end of the training, the city wants to bind the scholarship holders to the city: Anyone who does not enter into an employment relationship in Stuttgart for at least the same number of months will be subject to the reimbursement claims, according to the model, which has now been approved by the Board Committees have decided.
With the stock exchange, Stuttgart is a pioneer in Baden-Württemberg, and the inter-institutional approach is also unique in the recent history of the youth welfare office. Interns should be able to choose from all childcare and school-based childcare services from all providers, both for internships and for starting a career. In addition, the scholarship will be announced shortly, for the first time as a “Stuttgart concept” of cross-sponsorship.
Combine with BAföG Advancement
A large part of the advertising campaign is aimed at the public transport catchment area, particularly in the region of the S-Bahn network. The city administration assumes that there are around 600 eligible technical students in the Stuttgart area. The €1.8 million that has now been made available could provide a scholarship to 75% of all eligible technical students. If you want one, you have to request it. It is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis: if the funds are exhausted, the allocation of scholarships is suspended.
The city expressly states that in addition to and independently of this scholarship, you can also apply for the Advancement BAföG. It is granted regardless of the parents’ income. In the best case, the combination of the two financing options offers more than 1000 euros, available monthly. Mayor Fezer is convinced: “This creates a win-win situation in which more young people can be inspired to train as education specialists and future specialists can be won over for the urban area.”