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The internationalisation of Dual VET

Dual vocational education and training is a successful model in Germany and is highly regarded abroad. It is based on five features that also form the basis of GOVET's international cooperation and advisory measures of German stakeholders.

Vocational training ensures that future members of the skilled workforce are equiped with high-level specialist, methodological and social competence, and thus it lays the essential foundation for an innovative and competitive economy.

Ongoing further development and the adaptation of vocational training to economic, technological and social changes are promoted by five basic features which traverse German Dual VET as well as other forms of education and training. They represent added value for the VET systems of our partner countries and therefore form the basis of the international cooperation and advisory measures of German stakeholders.

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Cooperation of government and industry

By working together, the state and trade and industry can secure the basic conditions under which vocational education and training can take place. These range from sharing funding to developing and implementing curricula and extend to include the testing and certification of competences which have been acquired.

Learning within the work process

The aim of German vocational education and training is to create comprehensive employability skills - the ability to work autonomously. A combination of learning within the real work situation and school-based learning is the best way of developing the professional, methodological and social competence required to achieve this.

Acceptance of national standards

Inter-company occupational standards and uniform examination standards guarantee the quality of qualifications. Comparable training qualifications and certificates form the basis for employability, mobility and social acceptance and foster lifelong learning.

Qualified vocational education and training staff

The training which teaching and training staff undergo is a central quality component. An integrated VET concept requires teachers and trainers to combine the qualities of pedagogue and skilled worker within the same person.

Institutionalised research and consultation

Educational and labour market research enable ongoing adaptation of vocational education and training to meet technical, economic and social development.