Trade Associations

Whilst at a friend’s BBQ last week I met a German student who will shortly be completing his studies and returning to his homeland. Amongst the usual topics of conversation we somehow got chatting about tradespeople. I was interested to hear that unlike the UK it is a lot more difficult for a tradesman to earn a living in Germany unless they are a member of a trade association. He went on to say that his own father who had been a joiner for many years found it a lot more difficult to gain work because he wasn’t a fully qualified joiner and part of a recognized and well-respected body.

It seems to me that as much as some have a dislike for these disciplined and well-trained Europeans that they have got it right in many areas and regulating what appears to be well-appointed trade associations is one of them.

I’d like  to think I’m not alone

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