Leipzig seeks bus and streetcar drivers in Vietnam

Leipzig companies show their best side in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. They are looking for nurses, bus drivers, streetcar drivers and electricians there.

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Man sieht eine Leipziger Straßenbahn.
Leipzig's public transport operators are running out of staff. In Vietnam, they hope to train new streetcar drivers as well. © Jan Woitas/dpa

From Ulrich Wolf

Leipzig/Dresden/Hanoi. The Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB) are vigorously recruiting workers from Vietnam. In the German Embassy in Hanoi, a corresponding cooperation agreement was signed, the city of Leipzig announced on Wednesday.

The administration of Saxony's largest city is traveling with a delegation to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi this week to find new staff. In addition to LVB, the delegation also includes representatives of St. George's Hospital and the University Hospital. Leipzig's finance mayor Torsten Bonew (CDU) said that the aim of recruiting skilled workers in Vietnam was to support the growth of the regional economy.

LVB plans to train 10 to 20 Vietnamese annually over the next two years, for example as bus or streetcar drivers or electricians. The first training course is to start in the next few months, they say. In addition to the city of Leipzig, four Saxon companies will be presenting themselves at the Pharmed & Healthcare trade fair in Ho Chi Minh City from Wednesday onwards. This trip was organized by the Saxon Economic Development Agency.

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