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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.

Qualifications need to be comparable. This provides workers with a high degree of mobility and enables companies to conduct efficient human resources recruitment. Standards create transparency on the educational and labour market, facilitate the further development of qualifications and permit cross-connections between educational pathways.

This is an area where Germany has much to offer. Established negotiating mechanisms between the state, trade and industry and civil society guarantee broad societal acceptance of standards. The parties work jointly on the drawing up of initial training profiles. Training regulations ensure that vocational education and training is of the same high quality in all companies, regions and schools. Trade and industry monitor compliance with the training regulations and take part in the conducting of examinations in conjunction with representatives from the employees and schools.

Within a European context, Germany ensures connectivity between its standards and the European Qualifications Framework.

The benefits at a glance:

  • Every company is guaranteed that skilled workers have standardised, generally recognised vocational qualifications regardless of the place and company at which they received training.
  • Inter-company quality standards enable companies to exchange staff via the labour market and reduce recruitment costs. This also reduces initial training and induction periods.
  • Transparency, permeability and equality of opportunity are increased for employees and those seeking employment, and access to the labour market is fostered.

Prospects for cooperation:

Many of the countries with which we cooperate are currently seeking to increase the transparency of their training systems and labour markets and to create frameworks for a clear qualifications system. The experiences in many partner countries demonstrate that Germany is a good partner to work with whose expertise extends beyond providing trade and industry with competent advice. Comparable standards secure regional mobility and thus generate employment and increases in productivity.