Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

What is journeyman.io about?
How does it work?
How can I find a suitable candidate?
What trades are available?
How much does the service cost?
What is an apprenticeship and what is the ‘dual education’ system?
What is journeyman.io about?

We’re here to help you find the best construction professionals for your worksites and help solve the global construction labor shortage. journeyman.io matches craftsmen from Germany, Switzerland and Austria to short-term projects in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

How does it work?

Basically – we do the heavy lifting. You tell us what kind of skills and what timeframe you are looking for and we’ll take care of the rest. For a detailed description of our service offering check out the how it works section.

How can I find a suitable candidate?

Once you are registered and told us what kind of projects you have in mind and what the requirements are we’ll present you with all suitable candidates. You may also check our step by step guide from from choosing the ideal candidate until first workday.

What trades are available?

journeyman.io represents professionals from a wide array of different trades. With journeyman.io you can find the following professionals:

      • Framing Carpenter / Framer
      • Cabinetmakers / Finish Carpenters / Joiners
      • Roofers
      • Masons
      • Electricians
      • Mechanics
      • Plumber

Here you can find out more information about our craftsman.

How much does the service cost?

Creating a project proposal and receiving profiles of potential clients is free of charge. We expect companies to pay market-based salaries to the craftsman. Only if we find a suitable candidate we charge a commission of  20% of the craftsmen’s monthly salary.

What is an apprenticeship and what is the ‘dual education’ system?

Beside college education, Germany, Switzerland and Austria have a long and strong apprenticeship tradition where students go through 3 to 4 years of practical training in a private company. These highly standardized training sessions are accompanied by more than 800 hours course work on job-related subjects in professional schools. During these training years, craftsman acquire a all relevant theoretical and practical competencies of the specific trade, thus enabling them to work independently on constructions sites and carry out different types of projects. 

Please see Framing Carpenter / Framer and Cabinetmakers / Finish Carpenters / Joiners for a comprehensive list of the highly standardized course catalogue and skill set of each profession.

The craftsmen on site

How long is a project?
How much paperwork and administrative tasks are involved?
How does the visa process work?
Do I need a special contract?
Do I need to provide the craftsmen with accommodation?
Do I need to provide any means of transportation?
What if the candidate is not right?
How long is a project?

The length of a project ranges from a minimum of 4 months up to 18 months depending on your needs.

How much paperwork and administrative tasks are involved?

The amount of extra work is small. Most of the paperwork is dealt by the craftsmen and the as well as the relevant authority. Additionally you will benefit from our expertise which allows us to assist you in any possible way and ensure a smooth completion of all formalities.

How does the visa process work?

Depending on each host country the craftsman use different visa to work and travel through your country. It is important to know that most of the paperwork is filled out by the craftsman and only minor actions are required from your side. In case of questions the journeyman.io team assists you and will guide you through the entire process.

Do I need a special contract?

During their stay abroad all craftsmen need to be employed directly by your company. We recommend using the regular employment contract and terms you are also using for your existing workforce. You can either use standard contracts that are being used in your company or we are able to provide sample contracts that can be tailored to your use-case.

Do I need to provide the craftsmen with accommodation?

With the support of journeyman.io the incoming craftsman organize their own accommodation. However, we would appreciate it if you have any recommendation or offer support  in finding a suitable place.

Do I need to provide any means of transportation?

With the support of journeyman.io the incoming craftsmen organize their own means of transportation.  However, we would appreciate if you can help us out with recommendations on reliable car dealers. Also if there is a car at the disposal of the craftsmen please let us know.

What if the candidate is not right?

Although we do our utmost best to find a suitable candidate for you, it might happen that the expectations from both sides differ. We generally expect both sides to complete a probationary period of 4 weeks. In the unlikely case that one party is not satisfied a cancellation of the program is possible during that probationary period. We consider it our duty to find an acceptable solution for everyone and help solving the dispute.

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