The cabinet has approved the key elements of the federal programme "Safeguard vocational training places" and in doing so is acting on the agreement of the Alliance for Initial and Continuing Education and Training of 26 May 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.