What is the Wachstumsregion Ems-Achse e.V.?

“Ems-Achse" is a region in the northwest of Germany, joining the counties East Friesland (Ostfriesland), Emsland and Bad Bentheim. In the north it borders the North Sea, in the west the Netherlands.

The 3 counties have a total of approx. 1 million inhabitants and a surface of approx. 7000 km2. The region is known for its cleanliness, low crime and unemployment rate (less than 3 %), low costs and high quality of life. It is a region with a lot of nature and agriculture, but also with world-renowned companies as well as family-run businesses.

The Ems-Achse e.V. is a registered association and non-profit organisation. More than 800 companies, businesses, municipalities, and other organizations as well as institutions are part of our community. Our combined aim is to strengthen economic growth and create additional job opportunities in this region. This is accomplished through the development of various projects, enhancing communication among companies, and, most importantly, promoting our region.

Germany faces a shortage of skilled workers, with numerous vacancies remaining unfilled. Addressing this challenge, one of our initiatives aims to attract international skilled workers to live and work in our region. We not only assist them in finding employment but also support their integration, finding housing options, offer German language assistance, and foster a sense of community building.

This project is funded by various companies in our region who intent employing people from abroad. There is no agency fee for programme participants (nevertheless: the programme is not entirely free of charge, costs for documents, visas and flights may have to be paid by the applicants).

With the Visa for employment within the framework of a recognition partnership (“Anerkennungspartnerschaft”) you can come to Germany when you finished your vocational degree in South Africa. Within a recognition partnership, you can complete the recognition procedure with the support of your employer after entering Germany and start working at the same time. A certain German-level is essential for the Visa, therefore we will provide German Courses in Cape Town.  

Contact us if you are interested in taking part in this programme!


In the first stage of our project we co-operate with three companies form our region:


Gerdes, located in Lengerich, is specialized in high-quality windows and doors, crafted from PVC and aluminium. With more than 130 employees and decades of experience, Gerdes Fenster is renowned for its innovative solutions, superior craftsmanship and commitment to customer satisfaction. Gerdes is one of the leading maufacturer of Schüco products in Germany and the Netherlands with an annual production output of over 55,000 custom-made windows and doors.


More information: https://gerdes-fenster.de/en/


The owner-operated family company Hero-Group provides combined expertise in their subsidiary companies Hero-Glas®, Hero-Fire® and Yachtglass®. Thanks to over 50 years of experience in the area of speciality of glass processing Hero-Glas provides their customers the best possible advice. With over 300 employees, the company is one of the largest glass processors in Europe. Their on-site production facility is located in the heart of the Emsland in Northwest Germany, in Dersum.


More information: https://www.hero-group.com/en/



The family-owned KRONE Group, with over 8,000 employees, is a leading manufacturer of commercial trailers and agricultural machinery. Operating at the front of current market trends, KRONE drives big advancements in transportation, mobility and agriculture. The company delivers customer-oriented, state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions that consistently increase the success of its global clientele.


More information: https://krone-group.com/en/

Disclaimer: the information is provided with the utmost care, however, all information is without guarantee, we are not responsible for the issuing of visas. Participation in the programme does not guarantee entry to Germany, only the relevant authorities are responsible for issuing visas.