The construction of Tesla's new European factory in Germany brought significant economic changes, most notably to Brandenburg. The company is investing heavily in the region, already generating thousands of jobs and more in the future. Brandenburg's economy minister confirmed that Tesla is filling positions at Giga Berlin with mostly regional workers, which should allay the fears of opponents.
The search for skilled workers for Tesla's Grünheide plant is proceeding according to plan, Brandenburg Economy Minister Jörg Steinbach said at East Germany's Entrepreneur Day. He confirmed that, in particular, the region where Giga Berlin is located will benefit from the new plant. According to the current status, more than half of the employees are from Berlin and Brandenburg, which is in line with Tesla's vision. “This is more than we expected,” Steinbach said.
The producer is interested in bringing benefits to the region and local residents. They can now not only get high-paying jobs but work in the field of sustainable energy, contributing to the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy towards a solar electric one. In addition, specialists in the region, who previously could not get a job in Brandenburg, will no longer be forced to leave their homes and families in search of work in other regions of Germany or other countries.
According to the information, the rest of the employees will come from other parts of Germany or from abroad. “Brandenburg, like all of East Germany, also needs skilled immigration for successful economic and social development,” Steinbach said. Earlier it was expected that the bulk of the workers at Giga Berlin would be Polish workers, however this turned out to be far from reality.
In the first phase of the expansion, the factory will employ about 12,000 people, which means that thousands of local residents can get jobs close to their homes. When the factory is fully completed, it should have up to 40,000 employees.
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