Revision of vocational education and training in housekeeping

The demand for domestic skilled workers on farms specialising in rural tourism, direct marketing, gastronomy and other agricultural service specialisms is constantly increasing.

The revision of vocational education and training in the housekeeping sector was concluded with the publication of the amended training regulation in the Federal Gazette. The German Farmer's Federation (Deutscher Bauernverband, DBV) has highlighted this. 

"The revision of the housekeeper occupation has opened up new opportunities and structural options for dual training in companies and in vocational school teaching," explained Werner Schwarz, Federation Vice President and Chairman of the DBV training committee. He said it was a success for the "rural" sector that the stand-alone specialism of "rural and agricultural services" has been newly created. 

The demand for domestic skilled workers, he added, was in fact increasing not just in light of the changing social and demographic circumstances. Schwarz explained there was also a need for qualified skilled workers in agricultural companies specialising in rural tourism, direct marketing, rural gastronomy, and other agricultural service specialisms. 

Companies in future will be able to integrate the relevant occupational skills more effectively within the vocational education and training, and train aspiring skilled workers for an increasingly differentiated labour market and in an even more targeted manner. With its updated content and adapted structure, the dual vocational education and training for housekeeping, which has also been reconfigured in the area of examinations, may also introduce new impetus in training practice, explains the DBV Vice President. 

Besides training companies, there is now a particular need for vocational schools, regional competent authorities for vocational education and training with their training guidance, and the examination committees to be involved in the implementation. 

Schwarz explains that interested companies as well as training institutions need to adopt a consistent and systematic approach to addressing the implementation of the amended vocational education and training so that significantly greater numbers of young people once again opt for this occupation "which has much to offer". The new regulations enter into force for the start of the new training year on 1 August 2020 and replace the previous training regulation.

Source: (webplatform on news from the agricultural sector), revised by iMOVE, September 2020