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).
BIBB strengthens vocational education and training co-operation with South America
The intensification of co-operation in the field of vocational education and training was one of the main goals of the South America journey made by BIBB President Professor Dr Friedrich Hubert Esser to Chile, Colombia and Brazil from 29 September to 5 October as a member of a government delegation headed by the Federal Minister of Education, Professor Dr Annette Schavan. In each country, the discussion centred on mutual experiences in organising and financing vocational education and training. As guest speaker at a vocational education and training conference in Chile, Esser stressed the readiness of the BIBB to give bilateral co-operation projects the benefit of Germany's good experiences with the dual system of education and training so that the challenges of skilled manpower shortages in Latin America could be met.
First regional meeting of BIBB partner institutions in Latin America
The first regional meeting of BIBB partner institutions in Latin America took place in Metepec (Mexico) from 10 to 11 May 2012.The event was organised in conjunction with BIBB's partner institute in the country, the Mexican National College of Technical Professional Education (Colegio Nacional de Educación Profesional Técnica, CONALEP). Around 20 representatives from CONALEP, from the Columbian National Vocational Training Service SENA and from the Chilean Ministry of Labour (MinTrab/MINEDUC) were invited to attend.
BIBB vocational education and training workshop in Puebla
On 8 and 9 May 2012, BIBB and the Mexican National College of Technical Professional Education (Colegio Nacional de Educación Profesional Técnica, CONALEP) staged an expert workshop focusing on the topics of "Training of VET staff" and "Legal framework of vocational education and training".
Approximately 60 participants attended the workshop. These included CONALEP's Director General Mr. Wilfrido Perea, the regional directors from the federal states of Mexico, Puebla, Guanajuato, Chiapas, Taxcala and Zacatecas, staff from the National Employers' Association COPARMEX and representatives from both the German-Mexican Chamber of Industry and Commerce and from German and Mexican companies. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) initiative iMOVE was also represented alongside employees from BIBB.
Visit of Thai government delegation to BIBB
On 11 June 2012 a high-level delegation from the Thai government headed by the deputy education minister Sakda Kongpetc visited BIBB. The Thai representatives made it clear during their visit that the new government sees vocational education as a top priority and intends to reform it and upgrade its social prestige. They showed great interest in the German dual system of vocational education and in cooperating closely with BIBB, particularly on the development of new training profiles in the sectors of hydraulic engineering, renewable energies and environmental technology.
Workshop for structuring future Vietnamese National TVET Report
At a workshop held in Hanoi on 10 and 11 April 2012, more than 30 Vietnamese experts from the Institute for Vocational Training Research (NIVT), assisted by experts from BIBB and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), discussed the structure of a national TVET report in a number of working groups. This first 'pilot' report for the year 2011 is to be presented in October at the regional VET conference for ASEAN nations in Hanoi which is being organised by Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Vietnam's Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).
New president of Korean partner institute visits BIBB
On April 18, 2012, a delegation from our Korean partner institute KRIVET (Korean Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Seoul) led by its new president, Prof. Young-Bum Park, visited BIBB. Prof. Park was welcomed by the president of BIBB, Prof. Dr. Esser (picture).
BIBB and Indian partners hold joint workshop on "Occupational Standards" in Delhi
The Indian National Skills Development Cooperation (NSDC) and BIBB held a joint workshop in Delhi on 23 March on the theme of "Development of Occupational Standards and Training Curricula - The German Way".Around 60 political and economic delegates took part in the event, including the top-level representatives of the Directorate General of Employment & Training (DGET), the NSDC and the Central Staff Training and Research Institute (CSTARI).
Montenegro: Regional Partner Meeting of vocational education and training institutes
The Second Regional Partner Meeting involving representatives of VET institutions from Serbia, Rumania, Austria, Germany and Montenegro took place in Podgorica, Montenegro on 21 and 22 November 2011. The workshop was jointly staged by the Montenegrin Centre for Vocational Training and BIBB and marks the continuation of a successful series of Partner Meetings, the aim of which is to exchange information and learn from one another. The main focus of discussion over the two days of the event was "Modularisation and credit rating of VET curricula".