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Latest BWP edition on “International Cooperations” (BWP 6/2014) published
The growing worldwide interest in dual initial vocational training has intensified international cooperation among stakeholders and institutions involved in vocational education and training. This issue of BWP (Vocational Training in Research and Practice) points out the parameters, approaches and strategies of international cooperation, and sheds light on selected cooperation initiatives between Germany and individual partner countries. In 2013 the German government passed a common strategy on one-stop shop international vocational training cooperation. Representatives of Government ministries deliver an initial verdict on its success. Further articles discuss among other things how UNESCO-UNEVOC catalyses Networking and Partnership in TVET in the post-2015 agenda, the development of the TVET report in Viet Nam as well as modernizing the Ukrainian VET System in line with the European Policy of Lifelong Learning.
The journal BWP - Vocational Training in Research and Practice - reports on research findings and practical experience with issues from vocational education and training, thus fostering an exchange between education research, day-to-day education practice and education policy.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Italian state secretary gathers information on dual vocational education and training system
A high-ranking delegation headed by the Italian State Secretary G. Toccafondi, General Director C. Palumbo and the working group "Dual vocational education and training system" at the Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR) visited medium-sized enterprises in the metal-working field in Siegen between 9 and 11 December 2014; the companies included Meleghy Automotive GmbH & Co. KG, SIEGENIA-AUBI KG, SMS Siemag AG as well as the vocational college and the Siegen Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and its vocational training centre. GOVET and the IHK had put the programme together to predominantly focus on the aspect of co-operation between the two learning establishments and on potential systems for the transition from school to an occupation. The state secretary was much impressed with the German approach of supporting individuals on their way into launching a career and the great commitment demonstrated by companies in this context. He said that although the German configuration does not quite match with structures in Italy, elements such as "occupational orientation", "examinations and certification" and the close co-operation between all stakeholders could help to improve the conditions for Italian young people in entering the employment market.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Last 2014 session of Round Table for International Vocational Education and Training Co-operation
The Round Table for International Vocational Education and Training Co-operation convened at working group and departmental level for the last time in 2014 on 11 December. The Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, represented by the Federal State Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, presented its co-operation projects including those with Israel, Singapore and China. GIZ reported on its experiences regarding the "image" of vocational education and training in the field of development co-operation. The DIHK (Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry) presented the results of its survey targeting German chambers of industry and commerce at home and abroad (IHK and AHK) with a high degree of co-operation activity in the field of vocational education and training. The attendants received further information on individual activities in other countries, for example, about pending co-operation agreements with the USA, Mexico, Thailand and India. The round table will meet again on 22 January 2015.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
GOVET promotes further education of Italian technical college teachers
A group of 13 technical college teachers from Italy is attending a two-week further training course in the fields of control systems and methodology/didactics in Erlangen and Gelnhausen/Bielefeld. The course has been implemented in the context of the GOVET strategy in bilateral co-operation with the Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR). The partnering institutions face particular demand in training students to meet the needs of the employment market. The training course aims at presenting tools such as "action-oriented vocational training", which subsequently will be passed on to colleagues in Italy within the "Rete Robotica" network. The course focus is on technical occupations.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Russian vocational education and training portal goes online
The first Russian vocational education and training web portal – domain name www.prof-mayak.ru – was activated in late November in co-operation with the Russian Federal Institute for the Education Development (FIRO) and the Goethe Institute in Moscow. The specialised portal has been designed on the model of foraus.de. Interested Russian experts can use it to access all available information on the topic of dual system vocational training and continuing education and, specifically, all relevant legal provisions. A learning centre provides the opportunity to find out more about action-oriented vocational training, modern methodology and didactics. The goals for 2015 are to augment the portal by good practice examples from Russia and Germany, to spread the news about the new instrument, and to render the learning centre interactive.
www.prof-mayak.ru now enables all interested experts to use the materials that have been developed over the course of the past year and a half in co-operation with the BIBB/GOVET.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Delegation visits GOVET in context of the German federal government's visitors' programme
GOVET welcomed a delegation on 4 December 2014 in the context of the German federal government's visitors' programme. Lectures on the role of the social partners in the German dual system of vocational education and training and on the administrative procedure in developing vocational education and training standards were followed by lively discussion amongst the multinational group. The topic of "transfer options of educational systems" continues to be highly topical in countries as diverse as Argentina, Estonia, Slovenia, Vietnam and South Africa. Regarding the German dual system of vocational education and training, this group was predominantly interested in the co-operation between the involved stakeholders at colleges and companies as well as in the development process and co-ordination of uniform standards that enjoy a global reputation as an outstanding quality feature of the German education system. Once again, this exchange of experiences revealed that concepts and reforms in the field of vocational education and training tend to be most successful if various stakeholders are actively involved.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Indian delegation visits GOVET
An Indian delegation visited Germany, France and the United Kingdom in early December 2014 in the context of the "Benchmarking Learning Visit to VET Institutions in the European Union". UNEVOC and GOVET jointly welcomed the seven Indian representatives from the fields of politics and education in Bonn on 4 December 2014. The delegation trip had been organised by the TREC-STEP agency on behalf of the European Union; the agency supports the "Incubating New Emerging Technology (NET) Skills by Creating Sustainable Models of NET Skill Packages" in co-operation with the Indian Department of Science & Technology (DST). The delegation's main interest was to learn more about the success factors of the German dual system of vocational education and training, quality management and green skills. The information gathered in all three visited countries will be used to develop good practices for implementation in the Indian system.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
AHK conference on dual vocational education and training system in Riga
A conference on the dual vocational education and training system organised by the AHK Baltikum (Baltic States) was held in Riga on 26 November 2014. The approximately 120 attendants came mostly from companies and vocational colleges. Successful examples of workplace-based learning were presented in co-operation with the involved apprentices. The BMBF presented the German-Latvian co-operation; GOVET provided a contribution on the topic of training the trainers and vocational college teachers. Two workshops dealt with the issues of occupational orientation and qualification of vocational education and training staff.
Latvia has the political aim that 50% of an age group should be trained at vocational colleges and 50% at schools of general education. At present, 38% of adolescents are apprenticed, tendency rising. According to State Secretary Liepina, the pilot projects for practice-oriented training are successful; for now, however, the legal provisions will remain unchanged. The aim, she says, is not a fast pace, but the gradual introduction of workplace-based learning to ensure quality. Vocational training in the workplace will be incorporated into law only after sufficient experience has been gained.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Germany and South Africa intensify vocational education and training co-operation
Germany and South Africa have intensified their bilateral relations during the 8th meeting of the Binational Commission (BNC) in Pretoria in November 2014. In the run-up to the meeting, the German-South African working group met in Johannesburg in its capacity as the new expert commission on vocational education and training. Germany and South Africa have decided to focus their co-operation in the field of vocational education and training on the topics of "Research Exchange", "Development of Lecturers", and "Establishment of the South African Institute for Vocational and Continuing Education and Training (SAIVCET)".
The results of all expert commissions were presented in a plenary session during the BNC meeting on 21 November in Pretoria, involving the departments and subordinate agencies. The session was chaired by the South African foreign minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and her German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. At the end of the BNC, the two foreign ministers signed a declaration of intent for co-operation between their two countries. This declaration of intent gives direction to the development of projects in the context of the bilateral relations over the course of the coming two years.
The expert commission on vocational education and training included representatives of the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the German Embassy in Pretoria, GOVET, the BMBF's International Bureau (IB), GIZ, KfW, and the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Southern Africa.
Kick-off event to launch GOVET pilot project "Collaborative vocational education and training" in Slovakia
The kick-off event to launch the pilot project "Collaborative vocational education and training" took place on 17 November 2014 in Nove Mesto nad Vadom in Slovakia. The project aims at offering dual vocational education and training programmes in the fields of metal-working and electronics. This complex challenge is being taken up by international medium-sized enterprises such as "Vaccumschmelze", "Manz", "Hella", "Askoll" and "KUKA", the German Chamber of Commerce Abroad, the Slovakian Education Ministry and the regional self-government, with technical support provided by GOVET. The relevant department of the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) advises the partners in questions regarding the co-ordination and development of the new vocational training regulations. Issues such as the recruitment of young people, occupational orientation, apprenticeship remuneration and vocational education and training planning have been discussed in further talks and during company visits.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Participation by GOVET in North Italy’s two major vocational orientation and job fairs (ABCD)
GOVET was in Turin and Genoa on 5 and 6 Novemebr 2014 to take part in the two largest vocational orientation and job fairs to be staged in North Italy (ABCD). GOVET took part in the general programme accompanying the event to provide information on German-Italian cooperation in vocational education and training to an audience that included the Italian State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Luigi Bobba. The presentation on the “logistics” occupational fields given by Department 4 in Genoa met with a particularly strong response. The Italian Working Group Dual Training staged a fringe meeting with GOVET to harmonise coming activities in the field of “VET staff in mechatronics”. A visit to the Siegen Chamber of Industry and Commerce from the Italian State Secretary at the Ministry of Teaching, Gabriele Toccafondi, is scheduled for December.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
GOVET receives delegation of the Federal Government visitor programme
On 6 November, GOVET hosted a delegation as part of the Federal Government visitor programme. The guests attending had been invited by German embassies and consulate generals and came from 17 different countries, including South Africa, various European states, Vietnam, Russia and the USA.
The aim of these information trips is to portray a modern and authentic picture of Germany on the basis of topics that are of professional interest to the international visitors.
A presentation on the role of the social partners in the German dual system of vocational education and training supplemented by a sample explanation of the regulatory procedure in hotel and restaurant occupations led to considerable interest in pursuing the debate on the part of the guests.
Despite the vastly differing and heterogeneous situations in the various countries of origin, a lively exchange of views ensued. A consensus was reached in regard to the importance of securing quality and the development of generally valid training standards in VET.
Friday, October 31, 2014
GOVET at the German-Russian Specialist Forum for Vocational Exchange Programmes organised by the “German-Russian Youth Exchange” Foundation
From 28 to 30 October 2014, GOVET took part in the German-Russian Specialist Forum for Vocational Exchange Programmes organised by the “German-Russian Youth Exchange” Foundation in Berlin. The activities already undertaken by GOVET and its Russian partner institute FIRO in the areas of vocational education and training staff, online portals and vocational orientation met with a considerable degree of interest.
Participants were in agreement that the shortage of skilled workers is a serious problem in both countries. The integration into training and the labour market placement of young people not in education or training or of disadvantaged young people was equally viewed as a challenge.
German representation at the Specialist Forum included the Federal Ministry of the Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Young People (BMFSFJ), the Secretariat of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK), the Hamburg Institute of Vocational Education and Training (HIBB), the Senate Department for Social Affairs, Children, Young People and Women of the Federal State of Bremen and the Berlin Chamber of Crafts and Trades. The Russian Ministry of Education and Science, the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, the Ministry of Work and Employment for the Moscow Region, the Ministry of Education of the Moscow Region and College No. 26 from Moscow were some of the parties attending on the Russian side.
Friday, October 31, 2014
German-Latvian VET Working Group meets in Riga
The first German-Latvian VET Working Group met in Riga on 31 October. Participants convened in a friendly atmosphere to present their previous project successes before moving on to highlight fields which will entail challenges in future. During the course of a highly target-oriented debate, a schedule for future activities and main content focuses was stipulated. A sectoral approach concentrating on the areas of engineering/metalworking, wood processing and IT was agreed. As part of the process, German-Latvian partnerships will be initiated between vocational schools, association and chambers. One particular aim of these partnerships will be the training of VET staff.
Friday, October 24, 2014
GOVET informs delegation from Georgia
On 23 October, GOVET received a delegation of Georgian policymaking and trade and industry representatives. The visitors followed with great interest a presentation on the development and modernisation of initial and advanced training occupations that took the hotel and restaurant trade as an example. This study tour, undertaken by 18 specialists and managers, was part of an EU co-financed project on work migration and diaspora mobilisation, which is being implemented by the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) in conjunction with Georgian partner institutes. Against this background, a lively discussion on the differences and comparability of the VET systems in Georgia and Germany took place after the second presentation dealing with the topic of recognition of foreign qualifications. The alignment of qualifications to the individual reference levels within national and international qualifications frameworks formed a particularly vigorous object of enquiry and debate.
Monday, September 29, 2014
US-Delegation visits round table meeting to discuss current policy trends in vocational training
From 20 to 27 September, a US delegation comprising representatives from ministries, associations and educational institutions took part in a specialist fact-finding event hosted by the Federal Foreign Office and entitled “Skilled Labor in the US and Germany: Training to Work, Working to Train”. As part of the delegation’s visit, a round table meeting was held in conjunction with GOVET und iMOVE on 26 September 2014 in order to address “Current policy trends in vocational training”. The objectives here were to network on the latest developments and challenges occurring within the German and American VET systems and to explore other opportunities for cooperation.
Friday, September 26, 2014
International delegation visits GOVET
On 25 September 2014, GOVET received a delegation of vocational education and training experts from China, India, Bangladesh, Thailand and South Africa. The thirty academic researchers at the meeting work at universities or research institutes in Delhi, Mumbai, Shanghai, Beijing, Dhaka, Phartum Thani, Johannesburg and other cities and were visiting Germany to attend a conference staged by the University of Cologne on the topic of: “Youth in Transition: VET in Times of Economic Crisis”. The main focus of the fact-finding visit to GOVET was a presentation of the German system of vocational education and training and of the role played by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB).
This presentation was followed by a debate at which one of the most extensively discussed topics was the attractiveness of VET and the permeability at the interfaces between general, vocational and academic education. The questions posed revealed considerable interest in the tasks and areas of responsibilities covered by GOVET in its capacity as the main point of contact for the international vocational education and training cooperation activities of the Federal Government. Further discussions took place after the event, and contact was also initiated with experts from BIBB.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Round Table for International Vocational Education and Training Cooperation at State Secretary level
The “Round Table for International Vocational Education and Training Cooperation” convened for a meeting at State Secretary level on 25 September. The topics covered were a review of “one year of the Round Table and GOVET”, the role of dual higher education study in VET cooperation and learning mobility of people moving to Germany from outside the EU. Participants were unanimous in their belief that the Round Table is an effective mechanism, that it supports a coordinated presence abroad on the part of German VET stakeholders and that the services provided by GOVET are extremely helpful. Learning mobility, including within the vocational training sector, was seen as very useful and indeed perceived to be necessary in some cases, although the view was that the opportunities afforded to young German and Europeans should be considered first. Dual higher education study is not an elegant diversionary route to robust VET reform. In both cases, success depends upon participation by companies and on learning in the work process.
Monday, September 22, 2014
GOVET represented at dialogue forum in Beijing
The Chinese Government is adopting a new vocational education and training strategy aimed at a more rapid introduction of dualised structures. The aim is to make more effective use of investments in the establishment of schools and in the continuing training of teaching staff. A dialogue forum for this purpose was staged in Beijing on 17 September 2014. This event was hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Finance and the KfW Development Bank and attended both by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) and GOVET. The title of the address given by GOVET staff member Hannelore Kress was: “Efficiency and impact indicators in vocational education and training”. Over 200 Chinese experts from industry and from the financial and educational sectors followed the debate with considerable interest and posed a number of critical follow-up questions. One of the conclusions reached was that a significantly higher degree of attention needs to be paid to the sustainability of activities. The feeling was that both parties must assume responsibility in this regard in order to be able to achieve tangible results in vocational training. The representative of the Chinese Ministry of Education noted that a report based on the Annual Data Report produced by BIBB could be a valuable resource for future activities.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Malaysian Ministry of Human Resources Gained Insights on the Dual VET System in Germany
On 17th September 2014, the German Office for International Cooperation in VET (GOVET) delivered a presentation on the German Dual VET system at the request of the Embassy of Malaysia in Berlin. Among the audience were representatives from the Department of Skills Development, Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia; Japan-Malaysia Technical Institute; as well as Malaysian Employer Association.
Mr Philipp Lassig, Coordinator for Development Cooperation at GOVET, provided an introduction to the German Dual VET system. The presentation was followed by a discussion based on questions and comments from Malaysian representatives. Among other things, topics included the development of VET standards, the role and mandate of chambers in VET and the possibilities of TVET graduates studying at university. The discussion was insightful for both sides highlighting the differences and similarities between the German and the Malaysian VET system and the challenges both systems face. The event proved to be a fruitful basis for further dialogue on VET between Germany and Malaysia.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
GOVET present at BIBB Congress 2014
The BIBB Congress “Structuring vocational education and training in a more attractive way - facilitating greater permeability” takes place in Berlin on September 18-19, 2014. GOVET will be present throughout the duration of the congress and provides information about its current activities and international cooperation in VET. We are looking forward to meeting you!
Friday, September 12, 2014
Workshop in Moscow on the topic of “Tasks of Chambers of Industry and Commerce in the Dual Training System”
A workshop on the topic of “Tasks of Chambers of Industry and Commerce in the Dual Training System” took place in Moscow on 11 September 2014. A total of ten regions within the Russian Federation are introducing dualised structures into initial and continuing training, and the implementation of independent examinations is a highly important aspect within this process. A presentation made by GOVET on the aspect of the “principle of consensus” met with a very good response and led to lively debate. Some regions have already set up coordinated committees that include the employers, representatives of regional government and the schools and very much welcome the further specialist information that the German partners are able to supply. This input was one of the activities that was agreed in June at the meeting of the German-Russian Working Group in Berlin.
Friday, September 12, 2014
German Foreign Minister Steinmeier travels to India for political talks
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited India from 6 to 8 September for political talks. During his visit, Minister Steinmeier met the new Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, who has been in office for just over three months. The agenda for his visit to Germany's partner country also included talks on intensifying economic and cultural cooperation. The German-Indian steering committee on VET will meet on October 9-10 in New Delhi for the 7th time to discuss further cooperation possibilities. Representatives from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Indian Ministry of Labour and Employment (MOLE) will be attending.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Global Skills Summit of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in Delhi
The Global Skills Summit of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) takes place on September 4 - 5, 2014, in Delhi/India. It is going to be the first conference on VET after the congress elections in India. This year's focus of the summit is on "India's Skill Ecosystem from Design to Action". In addition to presentations and penal discussions, which focus on new programs and authorizations implemented by the new government, the conference provides an important platform for promoting national and international dialogue.
The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and iMOVE signed a cooperation agreement with FICCI in October 2010. FICCI is the oldest and greatest association of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in India with more than 80.000 members.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) the German-Portuguese Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Portugal) organizes a market exploration trip to Portugal from November 23 - 27, 2014. For five days, German companies and providers in the field of education services, vocational training and continuing education have the opportunity to participate in workshops, networking events and in visits of public authorities, educational facilities and local companies. The objective is to gain relevant information in order to facilitate a potential market entry in Portugal. The trip is designed for providers of didactical training materials, producers of products for education and training facilities, service providers in the field of continuing education as well as consulting service providers dealing with the structuring of the Portuguese educational system. Deadline is September 19, 2014. For more information (in German and Portuguese), please follow the link below.
Round Table Discussion on international vocational education and training cooperation
Led by the Federal Ministry for Education and Science (BMBF), the Round Table discussions on international vocational education and training cooperation at working and departmental-level took place in Bonn on August 28, 2014. Two successful projects in the field of vocational education and training cooperation in Tunesia were presented by sequa gGmbH. As a further part of the agenda, iMOVE, the Didacta Association of the German Education Industry and the Bundesverband Berufsbildungsexport e.V. (BV-BBE) offered an interesting insight into their activities and point of view of the current developments in international vocational education and training cooperation of the German Education Sector. The next Round Table discussion at departmental-level is planned for October 23, 2014. The next Round table meeting at working-level is going to be held on December 11, 2014.
On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) started an international campaign to promote its new portal "Recognition in Germany" abroad. The portal provides information for foreign professionals, who consider moving to Germany and therefore would like to have their professional qualifications being recognized. Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain and Turkey are the countries the campaign mainly focuses on.
New "Make-it-in-Germany"- Traineeship program starts on 1 September
A new traineeship program implemented by "Make-it-in-Germany" is about to start on September 1, 2014. Companies based in Germany have the opportunity to hire young and qualified professionals from Southeast Asia for four months, namely from India, Indonesia and Vietnam, in order to test them for a prospective continued employment afterwards.
The Asian trainees are graduates with a degree in the field of engineering (e.g. electrical engineering, mechatronics, mechanical engineering and information technology). They already have first work experience including German language skills of the level B1/B2. In August, the trainees are going to participate in a workshop in Stuttgart which consists not only of a German language class but also of intercultural training. There is the possibility of doing job interviews with the respective candidate via Skype, video conference, phone, but also in person in Stuttgart during that period. For more information, please contact:
GOVET participates in second Fact-finding mission to India
On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, GOVET was part of the second Fact-Finding mission of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development from July 22 - 30, 2014 in India. The mission's itinerary included stops in Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Delhi. Interviews with federal ministries, companies, training institutes, the Indo-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce as well as training providers were part of the program. The main focus of all three Fact-Finding missions to India is to draw possible directions of future and already existing cooperation.
A group of high-level representatives from politics, industry and academia of US-state Minnesota visited GOVET in Bonn on July 14, 2014. GOVET expert for the USA, Maren Verfürth, informed the delegation about the German dual system and the bilateral cooperation between the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and the USA. The official visit took place as part of the study visit "21st Century Workforce Development Models: a dialogue between Minnesota & Germany", which was organized by the University of Minnesota. Besides providing general information about the dual system, costs and benefits of company-based training as well as the development of training standards and cooperation possibilities with German counterparts were discussed. The delegation is planned to stay in Germany from July 12 - 19. Upcoming visits include further VET actors such as relevant state "Laender" ministries, companies, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Stuttgart, the Federal Labour Agency and the German Trade Union. Minnesota has already implemented several projects in the field of VET and anticipates expanding while continuing to learn from the German model.
The main focus of the Round table Vocational Education and Training on July 9, 2014, in Trencín/ Slovak Republic, was the awaited joint project "Nove Mesto nad Vahom". This pilot project is expected to offer a Vocational Education and Training (VET) program involving a number of companies, public institutions and vocational schools in the greater region of Trencín in West Slovakia. The training profiles include professions such as Mechatronic fitter, Industrial Mechanic and Electrical fitter. The German-Slovak Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Slovakia) and GOVET presented this joint project while the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and the Trencín district government discussed their parts within the project during the meeting. The regional level plays a crucial role for the implementation of the project since the education competencies lay with the municipalities. Slovakia expects to have 30 trainees during their first cycle of the program.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Meeting of Greek-German Steering Committee in Athens
Representatives of the Greek-German Steering Committee met in Athens on July 8, 2014, in order to discuss future cooperation projects in vocational education and training. Participants included representatives not only from the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), GOVET and the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs (YPTH), but also stakeholders from Germany and Greece. The main focus was being laid on the results of five Greek-German feasibility studies, whose aims were to deliver findings in regard to the practicability of company-based learning in Greece. The studies generated important impetuses for the implementation of future German-Greek cooperation projects in various industry sectors. Furthermore, the German School of Thessaloniki presented its new project proposal at the meeting. In addition, the Committee exchanged views and experiences regarding the pilot project MENDI, which is funded by BMBF. MENDI was implemented to increase the proportion of company-based training in the tourism and hotel industry. Based on the presented results, future steps of Greek-German cooperation in vocational education and training were determined.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Presentation of Greek-German feasibility studies in Athens
On July 7, 2014, German and Greek representatives from politics, industry, academia and administration attended the presentation of the synthesis report of five feasibility studies in Athens. The aims of the studies were to deliver findings in regard to the practicability of company-based learning and to establish a network between Germans and Greeks that will enable the initiation of joint training cooperation projects. The studies, which were financed by GOVET and conducted through five Greek-German project teams from December 2013 until May 2014, focused on various Greek geographical regions as well as on different industry sectors. The participants generated important impetuses for the implementation of future German-Greek cooperation projects. The event in Athens, hosted by the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs (YPTH), provided an opportunity to exchange experiences and results. Moreover, it offered an ideal platform to discuss further steps towards continued German-Greek VET cooperation.
Friday, July 4, 2014
GOVET informs VET providers about Development Cooperation in VET
What are the possibilities for VET providers and companies to engage in VET cooperation of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)? Organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Potsdam (IHK Potsdam), regarding this question an information event on "VET export" took place in Potsdam on July 4, 2014. At the event, Philipp Lassig, responsible at GOVET for development cooperation in VET, provided information about the basics and objectives of cooperation in VET by BMZ. He further explained how BMZ involves systematically and extensively technical expertise of German VET providers in the context of achieving development cooperation objectives. As an example, Technical Cooperation between Viet Nam and Germany (implemented by the General Directorate of Vocational Training of the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) jointly with the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH) was used to illustrate how the practice of development cooperation in VET works and what the specific requirements and advantages for companies are when engaging in development cooperation.
Further information about the event:
Michael Kleinbub, EZ Scout of IHK Potsdam: Michael.Kleinbub@potsdam.ihk.de
GOVET - Coordination Development Cooperation in VET: email@example.com
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Round Table Discussion on international vocational education and training cooperation
On July 3, 2014, the Round Table discussion on international vocational education and training cooperation at departmental level took place in Bonn and was led by the Ministry for Education and Science. The emphasis of the meeting was on the clarification of various coordination and procedural issues concerning the wish for vocational education and training cooperation expressed by the Philippines, Kazakhstan, Slovac Republic and the USA. In addition, the subject "Training of third-country nationals in Germany" remains an intensely debated issue. The next Round Table discussions are planned for 28 August 2014.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Slovakia provides legal basis for VET
The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic intends to implement Vocational Education and Training (VET) as a new segment in their national education system. The legal framework was established on July 1, 2014, effective from March 1, 2015. The 4-year VET programs are planned to have a company-based training share of 60%, leading to a dual-degree (secondary education certificate and vocational training certificate). Companies will select their trainees and offer them a contract, which regulates length and content of the training. Before the first year of dual students will begin to start the program, by-laws concerning the respective training and examination standards have to be finalized by the government.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Prof. Dr. Maria Boehmer, State Minister at the German Foreign Office, visits Bonn
On June 2, 2014, Prof. Dr. Maria Boehmer visited the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and GOVET in Bonn. Prof. Boehmer was welcomed by Prof. Dr. Esser, President of BIBB, who introduced her to the tasks and role of BIBB within the German dual system in Vocational Education and Training. In addition, information about BIBB's international research projects and GOVET was being provided as well. GOVET operates on behalf of the Federal Government in several core areas. In the beginning of 2014, the Foreign Office delegated one member of staff to Bonn in order to support GOVET's aim to implement the international vocational education and training cooperation strategy of the Federal Government from a single source. Prof. Boehmer expressed her high satisfaction with the visit and current state of cooperation.
Monday, May 19, 2014
12th Parliamentary forum "Southern Baltic Sea" in Kaliningrad, Russia
The 12th Parliamentary forum "Southern Baltic Sea" took place from May 19 - 22, 2014 in Kaliningrad, Russia. Regional representative bodies from Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg -West Pomerania, the voivodship of Western Pomerania, Pomerania and Ermland-Masuria as well as the oblast of Kaliningrad were represented during the forum. The aim was to foster and to strengthen already existing bilateral partnerships and further parliamentary relationships on regional level. The key topic of this year's forum was the "Southern Baltic Sea - Europe's new tourism center". The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) supported GOVET by giving a presentation about "Efforts to secure skilled labour and skilled worker training in the tourism sector".
On May 15, 2014, members of the Round Table at departmental level passed the by-laws for the joint Round Table on international vocational education and training cooperation. A working group had been working on the development of respective rules and regulations concerning the Round Table since December 2013. In accordance to the strategy of the Federal Government to move towards greater cohesion in international VET cooperation by delivering services from a single source, these newly passed by-laws represent, among further things, a description of the tasks and obligations, the institution Round Table has to meet.
Briefing with the Ambassador of Malta about the Dual VET System
On May 9th 2014 the Ambassador of Malta, HE Albert Friggieri, visited GOVET in BIBB. GOVET provided information on the Dual VET System and discussed in-depth with the Ambassador. Ambassador Friggieri was pleased with the information provided and praised the initiative of the German one-stop-shop international VET cooperation. It was agreed upon further close exchange and a possible deepening of cooperation envisioned.
The conference at didacta on March 27, 2014, discusses dual education and vocational training as one of the biggest challenges for the Danube region. It offers impulses for extensive further education for teachers, educators, trainers and educational professionals. Europe's international trade fair for education and training, didacta, takes place at Messe Stuttgart from March 25 - 29, 2014. The event is organized by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Croatian Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts.
As the biggest international trade fair for education and training, didacta takes place for the eighth time at Messe Stuttgart from March 25 - 29, 2014. GOVET will be present throughout this well-known trade fair and provides information about current activities and international cooperation in VET. The GOVET stand is located in hall 6, C62. We are looking forward to meeting you!
With the support of the National Agency Education for Europe at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training in Germany (NA beim BIBB), GOVET organized a multinational Study Visit from March 24 - 27, 2014, in Stuttgart. The participants came from those six European countries, which signed a bilateral vocational education and training cooperation agreement with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in December 2012: Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Slovac Republic and Spain. The goal of the Study Visit is to let the participants gain a deeper understanding of the German system of VET and to ensure bilateral exchange in order to foster peer-learning. Workshops are part of the program as well as visits at part-time vocational schools, training companys and the international trade fair didacta.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Canadian Minister Kenney visits Germany
Accompanied by a highly ranked delegation, Jason Kenney, Canadian Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, was being welcomed by State Secretary Georg Schütte of the German Ministry of Education and Science in Berlin on March 12, 2014. During a panel discussion, GOVET provided its expertise in the field of dual vocational education and training, the role of labor unions and the role of VET within the federal system in Germany. Minister Kenney concluded that in regard to the Canadian youth unemployment rate of 14%, new reforms are inevitable. In addition, he emphasized that the respective appointments and visits in Stuttgart, Dusseldorf and Berlin during his stay in Germany have provided him a great insight into the German dual system of VET. The Canadian government will now elaborate possibilities to adapt elements of the German system within their own national context.
Monday, February 24, 2014
GOVET informs Malaysian delegation about VET in Germany
The Malaysian Sarawak Skill Development Centre is currently planning to implement a work-based VET program in Malaysia. Against this background, the delegation came to visit BIBB on February 24, 2014, alongside with members of the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK).
The visitors from Kuching, capital of the Malaysian state Sarawak, were participating in a study visit in order to learn more about the German dual system in VET. GOVET supported the visit at BIBB by giving an introduction about the financial aspect of the VET system in Germany. Representatives of the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) as well as further BIBB colleagues also attended and informed the delegation about cooperation possibilities with German partner institutions.
French and German stakeholders presented their joint proposals concerning youth employment and enhancement of Vocational Education and Training. A respective document was being handed over to the Ministers of Labor of both countries during the French-German stakeholder conference on February 17, 2014, in Paris. On the German side, DGB (German Confederation of Trade Unions) and BDA (Confederation of German employers' associations) are actively involved in this process.
This kick-off workshop, which was held from January 14-16, 2014, in Bonn, was occasioned by the project launch of five feasibility studies currently being financed by GOVET. The aims of the studies are to deliver findings with regard to the practicability of company-based learning and to establish a network between Germans and Greeks that will enable the initiation of joint training cooperation projects. The workshop served the technical and methodological exchange and offered the opportunity for networking between all project teams that are conducting a feasibility study in Greece on behalf of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB).
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