Total number of authorizations for housing starts tends to slightly decline in Germany, but this shouldn't disrupt the market share of wood construction, which is expected to remain at 15.2% as of 2013. In Baden-Wurttemberg the share of wood construction totaled 23.7% of houses built. Order books are full and the mild winter helped make the sales, so the German industry is optimistic and expects an increase in turnover of 3.5%. Many of the works will be done as in the past, in the existing buildings, particularly in the field of energy renovation and elevation.
A growing industry
There are 11,413 woodworking and wood engineering businesses employing 64,828 workers, with 12.4% more than in 2008. Availabilities in terms of apprenticeship grew in line with these data, which overcome the current lack of skilled carpenters. This beautiful edifice could soon pay the price, estimates the German federation, questioning the status of German control, sacrificed on the altar of European standardization, in order to allow better movement of services. President of Holzbau Deutschland, Peter Aicher, estimates that the consequence of a suspension of the current master title will reduce the number of trainees, and claims generated by under-qualified micro-enterprises will soar:
"We will lose know-how and an innovative business sector that will throw us several years back, to the dismay of consumers and customers. And that's because consumer’s defense organizations should advocate for a high-level training of labor force employed in the threatened jobs!"
Aicher advances an edifying example of what happened in the tile industry, which no longer required master title for ten years now. Within a decade, the number of apprentices decreased from 4871 to 2274, and master’s training is no longer attended.