The highly skilled labor force is a fundamental strength of German industry and a major reason for foreign companies establishing businesses there. The basis for this skilled labor force is provided by an extensive apprenticeship and training system which is second to none throughout the world.
Have you ever heard about dual education or Duale Ausbildung in German?
Known as ‘dual studies’ or referred to as the ‘dual education/apprenticeship system’, the German VET system is a highly regulated and well-regarded system whereby young people learn through a mix of ‘on-the-job’ training as well as in the classroom.
Usually, learners spend 70% of their time in the workplace and 30% at college, therefore balancing theory with practical work. Dual educational training typically lasts around two to three years, after which time students will often gain an industry recognized qualification which is awarded by a Chamber of Commerce or guild.
By visiting some of the best VET institutions in the Berlin area and the businesses they work with, participants will get a significant insight into the German dual system of vocational education. In addition, thanks to the sharing of best practices, they will compare this system with other participants’ VET systems as well, allowing them to plan successful learning experiences integrating both innovative ideas and vocational elements.
The on-the-job experience of the German dual system provides a sense of accomplishment and additional motivation for the apprentice, who learns by doing effective work.
The system is standardized throughout Germany so that a young person completing a placement in one state can ensure that its qualification will be recognized in another. There are currently 330 occupations in Germany that require formal training, and with its standardized training and qualifications, this system allows many students to gain the correct training before they embark on their chosen careers.
Concept by: Francesco Molinari
Please note: As schools usually close in May and open up again in September, we may not able to offer site visits to VET schools during summer.
The course will help the participants to:
- Understand how the German dual (VET) system works;
- Get a clearer perception concerning the practical activities through school and business visits;
- Implement the vocational and training system abroad and how to adapt it to the different educational environments;
- Make the most of EU-funded opportunities for VET teachers/learners;
- Enhance the collaboration between companies and educational institutions in order to foster educational skills.
Day 1- Course introduction and intro to the German Dual system
- Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
- Icebreaker activities;
- Getting to know each other, presentation of participants’ schools.
Intro to The German Dual System of Vocational Training
- Description of the fundamentals of the education system in Germany;
- Understanding the vocational education and training in Germany.
Day 2 – School visits
- VET School/institution visits.
- Meeting with an Anzubi.
Day 3 – Comparison of participants’ VET systems
- Analyzing different needs of initial and continuing VET;
- Understanding how the industrial districts work with schools and regional institutions in Germany;
- Sharing of best practices: similar programs in other countries;
- Discuss pros and cons.
Day 4 – Enterprise visits
- Visit of the enterprise hosting VET learners.
Day 5 – European Union’s opportunities for VET schools
- Which are the opportunity offered by the European Union for VET school/institutions?
- Is there any common area in participants’ interests?
- Workshop drafting cooperation projects.
Day 6 – Course closure
- Course evaluation round-up of acquired competencies, feedback, and discussion;
- Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
- Excursion and other external cultural activities.
The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the trainer delivering the specific session and the requests of the participants.
If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion.
The number and schedule of the cultural activities depend on the location, not the course; further information is available on each location webpage. The trainer will send you the definitive course schedule approximately two weeks before the course.