Mercedes, Bosch, Aldi, Bayer, Volkswagen, T-Mobile and Adidas are just a few of the German companies whose presence in the United States is hard to overlook. Everyday millions of consumers see their commercials, go into their stores, buy their products, and bring their kids to Kindergarten. The German ancestry group in the United States is larger than the African, English or even Irish American group. The fact that we use German words on a daily basis or that German products are known for their “German engineering” feats should not come as a surprise. The economic and social ties between Germany and the United States are undoubtedly important for our continued success on all levels. That is why businesses and corporations of all sizes place emphasize on their partnerships with German companies by granting their invaluable staff access to German classes.
Corporations in many industries (ex. science, technology, manufacturing) are strengthening their relationships with these German companies and others through funding for group German classes for personnel in contact with German associates. According to the German American Business Outlook 2014 – a survey done by the German American Chamber of Commerce – 98% of German business with subsidiaries in the U.S.A. expect positive developments and growth to occur within the American market this year. German companies in the U.S. account for over 580,000 American jobs and they plan to add more. The U.S. government even offers tax incentives to corporations that have workforce development programs on site like – corporate German classes. Employees that can supplement their STEM skills with German language skills are more valuable to their companies on both sides of the Atlantic. Mike Bryan of Bosch Rexroth in South Carolina is one such example of a leader taking workforce development to a new level with the intent of making a dual-system of educational training mainstream as many German companies are left without options in the US labor market. As a necessary step in the evolution of our economies – American employers, those seeking jobs and those still studying are preparing themselves for a brighter future through German language training.