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Archive 2015

October 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

GOVET presentation on German VET system now available in Chinese

GOVET now offers its presentation on the German VET system in Chinese. Designed for people not familiar with the system, the presentation gives an overview of the German dual system and its advantages. In addition, it draws interest to further deepen the understanding of this subject. The presentation is also available in German, English, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

25 years of German Unity - GOVET research on vocational training cooperation of the German Democratic Republic (GDR)

The GDR helped developing countries by training a large number of their citizens. One particular training programme qualified “integrated teachers”. These were TVET teachers, who mastered and taught both vocational theory and vocational practice in occupational fields such as electrical engineering. Why and how this training programme was developed has been explored by GOVET. The results are published in the current issue of the BIBB Journal “Vocational Training in Research and Practise” (BWP). With this issue, on the occasion of 25 years of German Unity, BWP takes a look back and highlights the stages and challenges of the transformation process.

September 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

Report and conference on the German Recognition Act

On 10 June, the Federal Government formally adopted the 2015 Report on the Recognition Act. The report informs about the recognition process, takes stock of the program and names future challenges.
This report is also at the core of a conference on 25 September 2015, hosted by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Berlin.

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Ms Jeannette Tuemer is welcomed by Mr Peter Rechmann, coordinator of the Round Table at GOVET

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New liaison officer at GOVET

As of August 31, Ms Jeannette Tuemer is the new liaison officer of the German Federal Foreign Office at GOVET. She succeeds Peter Reik, who returned to the headquarters of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
Before joining GOVET, Ms Tuemer worked at the German Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal, as Head of Administration. Prior to this, she acted as Head of Administration and Deputy Consul General at the Consulate General in Marseille, France. In future, she is going to liaise between GOVET, German diplomatic representations abroad and foreign diplomatic representations in Germany.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

New: Vocational Education and Training Data Report Germany 2014

The Data Report accompanying the Report on Vocational Education and Training includes comprehensive information on and analyses of initial and continuing vocational education and training and provides a summary of Federal Government and Federal State VET funding programs. It also covers international indicators and benchmarks. The Data Report 2014 is issued by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and supplements the Report on Vocational Education and Training published by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The report is published on an annual basis.

August 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New: Annual Report 2014 by iMOVE

iMOVE's various methods and measures of assistance in preparing and initiating contact and dialogue with partners worldwide are depicted in the iMOVE Annual Report 2014. The report is free of charge and available in German and English. It can be downloaded from the iMOVE website. A printed copy can be ordered by e-mail to iMOVE.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Vocational education and training in the USA - recent developments

Two recent articles focus on the increasing amount of attention given to vocational education and training in the United States.
A number of enterprises start to recognize the advantages of on-the-job training combined with school-based instruction. In the article published on the website of the New York Times, the author shows how Huntington Ingalls Industries give the opportunity to young people to learn a profession without accumulating student debt. At the same time, the firm wins well skilled laborers.
The idea of implementing apprenticeships has captured the attention of several presidential candidates, as an article on forbes.com states. In order to cut unemployment rates among youth, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposes a tax incentive to encourage employers to train more apprentices. Under her proposal, employers would receive a $ 1500  tax credit for providing on-the-job training opportunities.

July 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Indian government commissions German training provider

Go-ahead for a new phase in German-Indian cooperation for vocational education and training with iMOVE. The Indian government places its trust in practice-oriented "Training - Made in Germany" for the qualification of teaching staff.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Skill India Campaign launched

On the occasion of the first ever World Youth Skills Day, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Skill India Campaign.

By 2022, more than 100 million fresh workers will enter the job market in India. At the same time, roughly 290 million workers will need further qualification.

Until 2022, the Indian Government aims to provide further training for the people concerned. In addition, a number of programs for the promotion of employment and the Indian economy are getting initiated.

Philipp Lassig, GOVET

Thursday, July 2, 2015

VET – The Engine for Fighting Poverty

This was the topic of an event in Stuttgart, which took place on 30 September. The event had been organized by the Stiftung Entwicklungs-Zusammenarbeit Baden-Wuerttemberg (SEZ) together with the Baden-Wuerttemberg GENO-Verband and the Bund der Selbständigen Baden-Wuerttemberg. Over 100 participants discussed the contributions of Mr. Philipp Lassig, BMZ representative at GOVET, and of other technical experts, which dealt with the challenges and models of vocational training in developing countries. Many in the audience shared their rich VET experiences gained through working in Africa, Asia or Latin America. As a result, it became apparent how important also these smaller initiatives in vocational training are for development cooperation and that in international VET cooperation only joint learning, not copying, is the way to go.

June 2015

Foto: Delegation from Uganda

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Delegation from Uganda Visits GOVET

On June 22th GOVET received a delegation of VET decision-makers from Uganda. The visit was part of a training seminar organized by the Chamber of Crafts of Cologne. With great interest the guests followed the presentation on the development and modernization of VET standards using the occupation of wood mechanic . Many questions were asked about the allocation of vocational qualifications in the German- and the European Qualification Framework. In Uganda this topic is of high importance and led to a lively exchange of experiences.

Illustration: Innoprom-Logo

Thursday, June 18, 2015

GOVET on the Largest Russian Industrial Exhibition Innoprom 2015

For the first time GOVET in cooperation with iMOVE and the German chamber of commerce in Moscow will be presenting TVET at the biggest industrial fair in Russia and the region. A great opportunity to show the mechanisms of dual vocational education in Germany to companies, but also to young people and highlight B2B for training providers. But also to showcase the successful cooperation in introducing dual training structures in twelve Russian pilot regions with the Agency of Strategic Initiatives and the BIBB partner Institute FIRO. One pivotal point still remains - the involvement of enterprises in the training process. The exhibition provides large scope to inform the private sector on work based learning.

Monday, June 15, 2015

USA and Germany Sign Joint Declaration of Intent for Workforce Training

The United States and Germany extend their co-operation in vocational education and training. On 5 June 2015, high-level representatives of the Department of Labor, Department of Education, and Department of Commerce on the US side and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology signed a joint declaration of intent in Washington DC. Main focus of the intensified cooperation is a better exchange of information on the organization and best practices in vocational education and training, regular professional visits and talks, and a greater involvement of companies and business associations in the training. In the light of an increasing demand for skilled workers in US as well as in German companies, the German Embassy proclaimed already in 2012 the “Skills Initiative”, supported by the German Chambers of Commerce in the US, by GOVET, and the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB).


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Opportunity and Challenge: Building Joint Ventures

“Building Joint Ventures” will be the main focus of a workshop organised by iMOVE on the 15 July in Bonn. A frequently recurring situation: Due to the lack of personnel capacities German providers often are not able to participate in larger international tenders even though many foreign countries appreciating German know-how would like doing business with them. Joint ventures could be the solution. But how to start and how could the government support such endeavours? iMOVE will report on the results of a survey conducted among German training providers during the last months and will present first ideas to support successful building of joint ventures.

Foto: Palästinesische Delegation

Monday, June 1, 2015

Delegation from Palestine visits GOVET

What kind of experiences with the evaluation of job-creation projects for young people and adults are available in Germany? This was the central question during the visit of the Palestinian delegation to GOVET on 22nd April 2015. The study tour "from pilot measure to management of change" was conducted in the frame of a GIZ programme financed by BMZ to promote vocational training and the labor market in the Palestinian territories. The decision-makers and executives from ministries, administration and vocational institutions wanted to learn how pilot projects are implemented and evaluated and how they are then institutionalized. Both the presentation by Frank Neises (BIBB) on "developments and challenges in the transition from school to work" as well as the contribution of Philip Lassig (GOVET) on the role of social partners in the German Dual VET system led to a lively discussion.

May 2015

Illustration: Cover of Presentation

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Latest GOVET Presentation on Stakeholders of the German VET System Now Available

How does Germany manage to bring together the different interests of stakeholders from government, business and society in the field of Dual VET? What kinds of mechanism for co-decision are available? How do they work? These questions are posed frequently by foreign delegations visiting Germany. This is why GOVET has developed a new presentation regarding this topic: “The Engine of Dual VET Cooperation of Stakeholders from Business, Government and Society.”
The presentation explores in more detail the quality features of German VET and is based on the GOVET standard presentation on Dual VET. The presentation shows how the different stakeholders shape and drive Dual VET at the key “joints” of a vocational training system (legal framework, standards, implementation and assessment/certification).

Illustration: Cover of CEDEFOP-Anniversary Publication

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Now Available Online – CEDEFOP-Anniversary Publication on „Vocational Education and Training Systems in Europe“

The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) recently published the anniversary publication of its series Spotlight on VET. The respective publication "Vocational education and training systems in Europe" presents a concise picture of essential features of VET in Europe. It presents essential VET features of all 30 countries using comparable system charts based on each country’s VET programmes, rather than schools or institutions. Furthermore, it also provides an overview of European national qualifications in regard to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) by UNESCO.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Latest BIBB-publication on "Quality of In-Company Vocational Education and Training" now available

This compendium by BIBB (Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training) can support you in introducing, (further) developing and accompanying quality approaches to training in the company. It is intended primarily for people in charge of training in companies and for trainees. Educational staff at schools, inter-company educational establishments and institutions in the field of vocational training can also benefit from the approaches to improving quality provided by the compendium.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GOVET contributes to the GIZ Spring Academy

How can vocational training strengthen the business sector in the South Caucasus? To find answers, business, government and education representatives from the South Caucasus met at the GIZ Spring Academy in Feldafing, Bavaria. The event was organized jointly by the GIZ Programme Private Sector Development South Caucasus (PSD SC) and the GIZ State Office Bavaria. The topic of this intensive one-week further training session: “Investing in People: Skills for Enterprises – Enterprises for Skills”. GOVET contributed to the Spring Academy by sharing how German cooperative vocational training works and how it strengthens the business sector in Germany. Mr Philipp Lassig, coordinator development cooperation of GOVET, concluded his presentation with an introduction of the 5 quality features of VET. This provided the participants with a basic framework to jointly develop ideas to strengthen the business sector through VET in the countries of the South Caucasus.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Vietnamese Delegation visits GOVET

The Vietnamese Government intends to systematically integrate renewable energy and energy efficiency in TVET. For this purpose it is planned to set up a “Centre of Excellence for Green TVET” with German support in the frame of bilateral development cooperation. On May 12th GOVET received a delegation of high-ranking representatives of the Vietnamese ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), further ministries and departments, the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and two vocational training institutions, which are to become Centres of Excellence. This visit was part of a study tour, organized by the “Programme Reform of TVET in Vietnam”. This programme is financed on the German side by BMZ jointly implemented by GIZ and the General Department of Vocational Training (GDVT). In the first presentation on inter-company vocational training (ÜBS), the Vietnamese guests were particularly interested in the criteria which need to be fulfilled by educational institutions in order to receive funding. The delegation learned, for instance, that, in order to receive funding, ÜBS need to prove actual enrolment figures of at least 70% of overall student enrolment capacity. With great interest the participants followed also the second presentation on BIBB activities in VET for sustainable development.

April 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

GOVET-Presentation on German VET system now available in Italian

GOVET now offers its presentation on the German VET system in Italian. Designed for people not familiar with the system, the presentation gives an overview of the German dual system and its advantages. In addition, it draws interest to further deepen the understanding of this subject. The presentation is also available in German, English, French, Spanish and Russian.

March 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

GOVET-Presentation on German VET system now available in Russian

GOVET now offers its presentation on the German VET system in Russian. Designed for people not familiar with the system, the presentation gives an overview of the German dual system and its advantages. In addition, it draws interest to further deepen the understanding of this subject. The presentation is also available in German, English, French and Spanish.

February 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

GOVET develops guidelines for VET-study visits to Germany

GOVET has designed guidelines for the strategic planning of a study visit to Germany. Interested parties can find a first overview of how to plan and execute a study visit that focuses on the German dual system. The guidelines provide an outline of recommended side visits and further information which should be taken into consideration while planning. The guidelines are available in English and German.