Elite support in vocational education and training: 39 scholarships awarded for outstanding performance

Top performance in vocational education and training pays off – 39 young workers from the Ulm region receive a continuing education and training scholarship from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research's gifted and talented programme.

They completed their vocational qualification with excellent results. This year, Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce is able to award €200,000 on behalf of the federal ministry in order to support the elite in dual training.

Successful trainees who have passed their training with at least 87 out of 100 points and who are no older than 24 are able to apply to the funding programme. Over three years, they receive up to €8,100 for their vocational training which means they can develop their future career, with training combined, in a focussed manner. "In our region, the future prospects for those adding on continuing education and training to their successful initial training are just as good as they are with an academic qualification," underlines Max-Martin W. Deinhard, General Manager of Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Scholarship holders generally use the funding for courses leading to advanced vocational education and training qualifications such as specialist, industrial master craftsperson, business economist, and technician, but also for dual study courses and language courses.

Anna Lena Baur from Schwendi, a scholarship holder since January 2021, explains her motivation. "I want to use my work-based business administration degree to further develop the knowledge I gained during my training as a bank clerk and a banking professional. For me, this means having a higher level of training qualification, and greater opportunities and options on the labour market." Johannes Behmüller from Ehingen – who is also a scholarship holder on the gifted and talented programme – highlights that "We live in a fast-paced world of work which is changing constantly due to digitalisation, and I therefore believe my continuing education and training as a state-certified technician will be really useful. The timing also seems perfect to me due to the current situation." Scholarship holder Lena Enderle from Äpfingen goes on to emphasise "My continuing education and training as a business administrator and business economist at the Ulm Chamber of Industry and Commerce are also a win for me personally. By sharing ideas with my colleagues on the course and gaining new experience, you change your own perspective and discover new strengths and interests."

Source: ulm-news.de (newspaper for the Ulm region), revised by iMOVE, August 2021