Special Forum "Internationalisation of Vocational Education and Training" (VET)
Pathways to an attractive VET system: Learning from international experience
Academic training enjoys greater esteem than vocational education and training in many countries. The career choice decisions made by the young generation reflect this. However, if governments recognise the value of vocational education and training for the employability of young people, they also need to consider how increased attractiveness of VET can be achieved. As a consequence, many governments are undertaking extensive reform endeavours in order to establish or expand company-integrated and cooperative forms of initial and continuing training. This can, however, only succeed if the image, the quality and the permeability of vocational education and training are developed accordingly at the same time. Countries with established dual structures are also required to keep their systems attractive and improve transition into employment. This special international forum aims to present and discuss the challenges of increasing attractiveness from the perspective of various vocational education and training systems and their stakeholders. The forum will feature two selected country examples (Mexico and Switzerland) supplemented by practical examples and a panel of social partners.
Practice-oriented examining - challenges for vocational schools in the People's Republic of China
China is currently one of the largest growth markets in the automobile sector and an important sales market for German automobile manufacturers. This is producing an increasing need for qualified skilled workers. The project SGAVE uses the dual model as a basis for drawing up training and examination standards in order to further develop the initial training of motor vehicle mechatronics technicians in China in an employment-oriented manner. The present article outlines the approach adopted and initial experiences gained.
Development of the German labour market: Shortages in the medium qualifications area will persist despite increased immigration
The latest issue of BIBB REPORT provides an overview of the expected development of the German labour market up until the year 2030. It is revealed that shortages in the medium qualifications area will persist despite the fact that increased immigration has been taken into account. Shortages are expected in this area from the mid-2020's. At the same time under-employment of persons without a vocational education and training qualification will climb to about 1.2 million by 2030. In the tertiary area supply will, in contrast to the other qualification areas, expand. The cause of this development is the strong propensity of young people to seek to enter higher education. This are the latest results from the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and Institute for Employment Research (IAB) qualifications and occupational field projections up until the year 2030 taking wage developments and occupational flexibility into account.
The new brand name for German vocational education and training cooperation abroad
Germany's international vocational education and training cooperation has a new brand name: GOVET - "German Office for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training".
GOVET is an essential component of the strategy of the Federal Government to move towards greater cohesion in international vocational education and training cooperation by delivering services from a single source, which was adopted by the Federal Cabinet under the lead management of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) last year. GOVET will provide specialist support to the Federal Government and act as the main VET cooperation partner for national and international stakeholders.
5th Arab-German Education and Vocational Training Forum
Platform for international exchange in partnership
For the fifth time, from 20th to 21st November 2013, the Arab-German Education Forum in Berlin presented successful examples of bilateral co-operation in the field of education.
Once again, the event organised by iMOVE, Ghorfa and the Didacta Association under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research provided the ideal platform for the international exchange in partnership regarding all questions ranging from support and encouragement in early childhood to university education.
Again, the main attraction of the Education Forum was vocational training and continuing education, which in many countries is perceived as a central instrument in solving the most pressing employment problems. The discussion focused in particular on the change regarding the social status of vocational education and training, the necessity of attractive income levels, the combination of vocational training and employment and impediments in vocational education and training for women.
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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