VET on the move: Training of Trainers

On 17 November 2022, four German training providers presented their training offers on "Training of Trainers". Over 70 participants from India and other countries in South and South East Asia took part in the online event.

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The online event  was the sixth part of the iMOVE series "VET on the move". 

Lifelong learning is now a reality, not just for students and apprentices but also for trainers. It is a practice - only if you keep learning, you will never forget what it is like to be a learner.

The Training of Trainers (ToT) is a high-level professional capacity-building process for qualified instructors, facilitators and supervisors. In order to have a real and inspiring impact on the learning processes and experiences of young people, trainers need to undergo comprehensive training measures themselves. These should be designed to develop or refresh the instructor’s ability to run exciting and effective programmes.

Tailor-made ToT enables trainers to help apprentices and trainees move through different learning stages - to know, to understand and to do – and also to adapt their programme design to the different learning styles of their participants. Key is also to provide a safe learning environment and be in contact with all participants, their learning goals and concerns. Thus, they can help people accelerate their personal development, become more successful and self-confident, as well as set and reach new goals in life.

With this Online Event iMOVE facilitated new contacts to German training providers. Four organizations showcased their training offers to qualify training staff.

Bosch Rexroth Academy

Bosch Rexroth is a global industrial company and leading specialist in Drive and Control Technology.

At the Bosch Rexroth Academy, the company offers a practice-oriented portfolio of didactic solutions in the fields of Hydraulics, Automation and Pneumatics. Trainings and training systems from Bosch Rexroth are tailored to the qualification levels required by the industry, as well as educational institutions.

Thorsten Koerner of Bosch Rexroth emphasized die long-standing tradition of business relations between his company and India, which have already led to the establishment of several training centers on site.

BSK International

BSK International, founded in 2000, is an international non-profit educational organization that works with and on behalf of universities, educational authorities, government agencies and private educational institutions.

BSK International provides and conducts Train-the-trainer courses (for example smart manufacturing, industry 4.0, robotics, civil engineering, hotel management, business administration), language and vocational training courses and university courses (for example engineering and economics in English and German). Furthermore, the company places qualified foreign workers with German employers and takes care of all the necessary formalities.

CEO Kai-Arne fiedler stressed the certification of his ToT programme and the opportunity for on-site visits in Germany within the programme.

Central Agency for Continuing Vocational Education and Training in the Skilled Crafts (ZWH)

The ZWH is a service provider for all vocational training facilities in Germany's entire skilled crafts sector. Its supporting members are the regional chambers of skilled crafts and the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH). "Future – Further Education – Skilled Crafts" is the mission statement that has been guiding the activities of the ZWH since its foundation in 1998.

ZWH's international product portfolio includes individual consulting services for public and private actors in education in partner countries interested in developing and adapting appropriate structures to implement dual vocational education and training. Consulting is carried out with the help of innovative analysis and planning tools that to date have not been available on international markets in education.

In addition, ZWH offers the IVET-Trainer, an innovative course that integrates the qualification of in-company trainers, vocational school teachers and managers of vocational training institutions.

Luise Maudanz of ZWH presented the practice-oriented and comprehensive service portfolio for international markets which facilitates more effective communication and collaboration in industry.

bbw Hochschule

Founded in 2007, the bbw Hochschule is a private, state-recognised university and with over 1,200 students (as of summer semester 2022), the largest private university in the Berlin-Brandenburg region in Germany. Through the Berlin-Brandenburg Business Associations (UVB) and renowned companies such as Siemens, Mercedes Benz, OTIS, KPMG and Alstom as holders of the bbw Hochschule, the bbw Hochschule stands for a close integration of research and teaching with industry.

The English-language Master's programme "International Technical Vocational Education and Training (ITVET)" is offered in the Department of Education and Social Sciences. Professor Dr. Gebhard Hafer illustrated how individual training moduls of the ToT certification courses can be taken in order to step by step arrive at a Master's degree.

Pitches and Questions

The panelists presented their training offers as pitches of about 10-minute length and answered questions immediately after their presentations. Additionally, Isabell Jenninger advised on the ToT offer of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce in Pune, India. iMOVE organised, realised and moderated the 90-minute event which was conducted in English and was broadcast via GoToWebinar.

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Video of VET on the move

Follow the event including the training offers on "Training of Trainers" of the four German training providers.