International BIBB Conference
Work-based Learning in Europe - renewing traditions
The model of dual vocational education and training is currently attracting considerable attention. Demand is rising worldwide, and there has been a strong increase in the amount of media reporting. The main factors driving public attention are the high rates of youth unemployment in some European countries and fears of an impending shortage of skilled workers.
The international BIBB Conference "Work-based Learning in Europe - renewing traditions" on 4 and 5 December 2013 in Bonn will be a joint event with European partners to address various "work-based learning" models such as "apprenticeship" and "alternance", to discuss the associated consequences for the role and responsibility of the stakeholders involved (the state, companies, trade unions, learners) and to identify joint elements of various models of "work-based learning".The conference is aimed at a specialist target audience, in particular VET experts and practitioners from different countries. It aims to make a contribution towards the joint identification of "best fit" solutions for the structuring of "work-based learning" in vocational education and training.
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Funding announcement for conducting feasability studies for German-Greek cooperation projects
In the context of the German-Greek cooperation in the field of vocational education and training, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) will provide funding for feasibility studies that will establish which industries and occupational profiles have the potential to implement initial vocational training structures in Greece with the assistance of German partners.
Official launch of the new Central Office at BIBB
President Esser: "BIBB is opening up a new chapter in international vocational education and training cooperation"
The Central Office for International Vocational Education and Training Cooperation at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) has begun its work. For BIBB President Friedrich Hubert Esser, this "opens up a new chapter in international vocational education and training cooperation". Speaking at the contract signing ceremony at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which is responsible for the Central Office, Professor Esser said: "Interest in dual vocational education and training 'Made in Germany' is huge right across the world. The new Central Office at BIBB will serve as a competent platform for the exchange of information with immediate effect and is a logical consequence of rising international demand for the German VET system."
Qualification for gainful employment as initial vocational education and training
Will this remain the ultimate solution?
There is a growing interest in models of dual and alternating initial vocational education and training in view of the high youth unemployment rates in the southern EU Member States. Referring to the newly formulated EU strategy in the field of vocational training policy, however, the author warns against attempting to solve social problems in the short term by transferring the German initial training model. It becomes clear in the historical perspective that this particular arrangement has developed over many years and has entered in the course of time into highly complex interrelations with numerous other social subsystems. Despite the many benefits of the cooperative training system, the author concludes by pointing out that, even in Germany, the problems of youth unemployment and social integration of young people have not been fully solved yet and states the need for reforms.
First Global BIBB Partner Meeting at the WorldSkills in Leipzig
The first global BIBB partner meeting took place from 3 to 5 July 2013 as part of the programme of events at the WorldSkills in Leipzig. Cooperation partners from 24 countries and 30 BIBB partner institutes attended the event. The main focus of the three-day conference and workshop programme was on the creation of new jobs whilst also reducing environmental pollution. The central topics addressed in the three-day conference and workshop programme were "Green Skills" and "Greening TVET".
The First Global BIBB Partner Meeting at the WorldSkills in Leipzig
Programme and presentations
Special English-language edition of the BIBB journal "Vocational Training in Research and Practice"
In order to provide a current insight into trends and developments in initial and continuing vocational education and training in Germany, a special English-language edition of the BIBB journal "Vocational Training in Research and Practice - BWP" is being published to mark the start of the "WorldSkills Competition" in Leipzig at the beginning of July. In the light of the high levels of youth unemployment in Europe, where almost one in four people aged under 25 are not in work, this BWP "Special Edition" will highlight the "success model" of dual VET in Germany.
German-Portuguese cooperation on vocational education and training
Constitutive meeting of the bilateral working group in Lisbon
On 3 and 4 June, 2013 within the process of German-Portuguese cooperation on vocational education and training, the constitutive meeting of the bilateral working group took place in Lisbon. The Portuguese partners emphasised the particular necessity of improving the attractiveness of vocational education in society. In view of Portugal's high youth unemployment, they expressed great interest in learning from Germany and finding out what motivates companies to engage in initial vocational education and training.
German-Spanish Forum in Madrid
High-ranking experts discuss the benefits of the dual system
On the occasion of the 7th German-Spanish Forum, staged in Madrid on 16 and 17 April, participants from the fields of policy making, trade and industry, culture and academic research in both countries discussed topics including "Vocational education and training" and "Youth unemployment".
In his speech, BIBB President Esser underlined the strengths of the dual system of vocational education and training with regard to combating youth unemployment. He pointed out that the Federal Government's Vocational Orientation Programme had become a particularly successful approach towards preventing possible failure at the end of schooling He also called for a committed continuation of German-Spanish cooperation in vocational training.
The State Secretary of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, Montserrat Gomendio Kindelan, presented the impending and far-reaching reforms within the Spanish educational system and particularly stressed the significance of introducing vocational education and training at the earliest possible stage based on the German model.
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WorldSkills Leipzig 2013
From 2 to 7 July 2013 the WorldSkills Competition will be held in Leipzig. At the first global event of its kind to be held in Germany for 40 years, the best international trainees aged below 23 will compete for medals in 45 official disciplines. Over 1,000 Competitors will make WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 the biggest international competition of its kind ever held. WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 is also a unique offer for specialists. At conferences, seminars and symposiums experts will discuss the future of education, while companies will make use of the opportunity to present their expertise and make business contacts.
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Indo - German Partnership in VET
Germany has been a long-standing partner for India in Vocational Education & Training. This partnership was reaffirmed in 2007 and framed with a Memorandum of Understand of both Governments in 2011. This was done for good reasons: Vocational Training is indeed a key to the future, for Germany and for India. In October 2010, BIBB & iMOVE at BIBB signed a cooperation agreement with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). This agreement provides for regular exchanges in numerous areas of vocational education and training such as the development of occupational standards, the provision of training for instruction personnel and the establishment of contacts between initial and continuing training providers and enterprises.
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Cooperation between Germany and India
Visit of guest academic researchers from Vietnam
The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) has been supporting the National Institute for Vocational Training in Vietnam (NIVT) with the process of preparing an annual Report on Vocational Education and Training since 2010. In February 2013, guest academic researchers from Vietnam underwent training during a two-week visit to BIBB. The advisory activities provided thus far came to fruition in October 2012 when the first Vietnamese Report on Vocational Education and Training was presented. Further joint workshops on the drawing up of the next Report on Vocational Education and Training are scheduled to take place in Vietnam during 2013.
Cooperation between Germany and Russia in the field of vocational education and training
A high-ranking delegation from the Russian Federation visited BIBB from 19.12.-21.12.2012 in order to learn more about the Ordinance on Trainer Aptitude (Ausbildereignungsverordnung - AEVO) and the organisational structure of intercompany initial and continuing training centres. The Russians are considering introducing a continuing education programme for Russian vocational training staff based on the German standards in the Ordinance on Trainer Aptitude.
Master craftsman training in Germany a focus of BIBB's Korean partner institute KRIVET
Within the scope of the cooperation agreement between the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and its Korean partner institute KRIVET (Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education & Training), an arrangement which has been in place for many years, a workshop on the topic of "Master craftsman training in Germany" was staged in conjunction with the Stuttgart Regional Chamber of Crafts and Trades (HWT) from 6 to 9 November 2012.
Development of a Data Report on vocational education and training in Columbia
A one-day workshop on the development of a Columbian Report on Vocational Education and Training took place in Bogotá on 4 October 2012 as part of the ongoing cooperation between the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and the Columbian National Vocational Training Service (SENA).
Around 30 people participated in the workshop, including staff and managers from various sections of SENA and advisors and employees from the Columbian Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Trade, the National Planning Authority (DNP) and the National Statistical Office (DANE).