This is the conclusion the BIBB drew in its latest survey on new training contracts concluded by 30 September 2003. The number of training places available, including unfilled training vacancies, dropped to 574,926 (2002: 590,328). Never before have there been so few training places. Demand, on the other hand, defined as the total of successful applicants plus the number of applicants still seeking training places, was more or less at the same level as a year earlier (2003: 595,101, 2002: 595,706).
Information on the Internet: 2003: the most difficult year in the training place market since German unification