Spotlight on vocational education and training

BIBB YouTube channels offer a wide range of films

From today, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) has added a new film entitled “Dual vocational training in Germany” to the wide range of YouTube videos it has available on vocational education and training. The new video helps German citizens as well as any interested parties internationally to gain a quick overview of the key elements of the dual system in Germany. In 2017 the BIBB made more than 30 new videos on vocational education and training available free of charge on its website and Youtube channels.

BIBB President Friedrich Hubert Esser sees this as a logical consequence of the changing media landscape. He emphasized, “after Google, YouTube is the second most frequently used search engine in Germany. The films about vocational education and training on the BIBB YouTube channel provide access to a theme which affects or has affected around half of the people in this country”. He adds that, “the broad range of videos is allowing the BIBB to meet the public demand for modern media formats.”

These films are not targeted solely at specialist experts in Germany. The German Office for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training (GOVET) - based at the BIBB - has produced the new information film in 11 languages. The film is now available via the BIBB YouTube channel. Dr. Ralf Hermann, the new head of GOVET, stressed, “The various language versions allow us to respond to the high numbers of enquiries about dual vocational education and training from abroad and provide quick access to knowledge about the dual system in Germany.”

The film “Strengthening vocational education and training, creating opportunities” is now also available in 11 languages. This film shows examples of the Federal Government's wide-ranging collaboration in vocational education and training at an international level. Both films were financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Films created by trainees about trainees offer alternative perspectives and themes in several languages. Films are also available covering the recognition of vocational qualifications and information from the prototyping transfer project on the verification of foreign competencies using qualifications analyses in Germany. There are also interviews from iMOVE, the department for the internationalisation of German initial and continuing vocational education and training services.

The YouTube channel “My foreign placement” from the National Agency “Education for Europe” (NA at the BIBB) is, on the other hand, targeted at young people seeking vocational education and training or at young people who are already trainees and completes the range of films available from the BIBB. This shows films about what young people are learning in Spain, Ireland and China. The aim is to inspire even more trainees to participate in Erasmus+, the EU training programme, and the new pilot project ‘Training worldwide’.

The YouTube videos “Dual Vocational Education and Training in Germany” and “Strengthening vocational education and training, creating opportunities” can be integrated into websites in all languages and shared via social media channels.

The channels and films can be accessed at:
BIBB YouTube:
NA YouTube "My foreign placement“:

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