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.
The tripartite cooperation between BIBB, KRIVET and the HWK enabled the KRIVET academic research delegates Dr. Sun-Tea Kim and Dr. Sun Yee Hong to engage in an extensive exchange of views with a large number of experts in order to analyse and discuss the different approaches of the two systems of vocational education and training and the current challenges both face.
From left to right: Michael Wiechert (BIBB), Dr. Sun Yee Hong and Dr. Sun-Tae Kim (KRIVET) during the discussions
Dr. Sun-Tea Kim (KRIVET) being greeted at the Stuttgart Regional Chamber of Crafts and Trades (HWT) by Managing Director Claus Munkwitz
Because the master craftsman qualification is firmly anchored within the German dual system, the meetings held with Dr. Kim und Dr. Hong at BIBB initially concentrated on the basic principles of the system, on specific issues relating to VET regulation, on legal foundations and on the involvement of the social partners in structuring and in decision-making processes. The main focus of the visit to the HWK in Stuttgart, on the other hand, was on the part played by the chambers within the vocational education and training system, in particular the role of the chambers of crafts and trades, on the establishment of advanced vocational training leading to the qualification of master craftsman, on state funding mechanisms and on the societal importance of the master craftsman qualification in Germany.
During a visit to the workshops at the training academy of the Stuttgart Regional Chamber of Crafts and Trades, Dr. Sun Yee Hong (KRIVET) took the opportunity to find out about the contents of the training occupation of installer and heating fitter
Numerous meetings with trainers/master craftsmen and heads of training at state, private sector and guild-run training centres enabled the Korean visitors to gain a greater level of understanding. A visit to the Daimler Global Training Centre familiarised them with a company perspective of the dual system.
The presentations made by both academics greatly added to their German partners' understanding of the complexity of the Korean system.
The workshop was held as part of the regular and extensive exchange programme between the two partner institutions which has been in place since 2010.