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The OECD study reveals that, in international comparison, young people in Germany have good opportunities for a smooth and successful transition into the labor market.
The reason for Germany being ahead is not only related to its strong economy. At the presentation of the study, Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education, explains: "This success may partly be due to the good economic situation in Germany but is also related to the vocational education that internationally is regarded to be exemplary. It is due to the dual system that the majority of the population has completed secondary education."
Across OECD countries, Germany is among the first three when referring to young people among 20 to 24 years that are either employed or in education or training. According to the study, countries with well-established VET and apprenticeship programs are more effective in holding the line on youth unemployment.
GOVET notices significant interest in the German VET system
Many countries have recently stressed their interest in Germany’s Vocational Education and Training system. The German Vocational Education and Training is seen as a reason for low youth unemployment. It ensures that future members of the skilled workforce receive initial and continuing Vocational Education and Training to equip them with high-level specialist, methodological and social competence, and thus lays the essential foundation for an innovative and competitive economy.
The German Office for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training (GOVET) caters to the international interest in Germany’s Vocational Education and Training system and advises countries in the implementation of a dual VET system. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Foreign Office (AA) actively promote GOVET.