News about VET from Germany

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IHK survey shows continuing education and training is on the rise

The coronavirus crisis has shifted the focus even more on to vocational education and training. A survey by the Swabia Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) shows that, for companies in the areas of production, commerce and services, employee training has not just been a high priority since the lockdown. 

Companies must explore new horizons for trainee recruitment

The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training expects fewer than 500,000 new training contracts for 2020 – this would be 25,000 less than the previous year. The federal government's stimulus package is only of limited help as it remains difficult to find new trainees. 

"It is time that we rethink everything we know and understand about education"

Interview with Dr. Dhiravat Bhumichitr, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Federal Republic of Germany, on the current situation (corona pandemic) and future perspectives of VET in Thailand

Off to a sustainable start with dual training occupations

Environment Day was 5 June. Dual training occupations present a wide range of opportunities for working in the area of environmental and climate protection. Many of these occupations were categorised as system-relevant in the coronavirus crisis.

Innovation projects at risk

Almost half of companies with an innovation focus are complaining of staff shortages. In particular, there is a lack of skilled workers with VET in the production and IT sectors. This threatens capacity for innovation. Policy-makers and business must take measures to counteract this. 

Federal state government is supporting all master craftsman qualifications with a €1000 continuing training grant

From July onwards all master craftsman qualifications will receive €1,000 in financial support.

Continuing education for the master's in periodontology – even in times of crisis

The periodontology master's course has been reliant on a digital concept for more than 15 years. 

Companies continue to offer training positions

A survey by the Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce involving 712 training companies from the chamber district, including the district of Oberberg, has shown that companies in the region are continuing to support company-based training despite the coronavirus crisis.

iMOVE contact point in India: meet the new senior advisor

Since October 2020, Elke Carolin Demtschueck has been supporting the iMOVE contact point in India as a senior expert specialising in the Indian education and training market. Read her message to German training exporters.

German Trade Union Federation country report: structures and challenges for VET in the USA

German Trade Union Federation publishes report on "VET in the USA: structures and challenges from a trade union perspective" which is now available free-of-charge in the BIBB's VET Repository in German and English. The publication was discussed in February 2020 with the US delegation from the state of Wisconsin.

Occupations in logistics: behind the scenes

Loubna Gilani started her career as a trainee. A story of how curiosity and passion become a career.

"Financial Times" celebrates Germany

The British want to develop a "world-class" training system in line with the German model.