Recently, upon commission by the Indian government, 20 Indian training supervisors from state-run vocational education and training institutions have completed a training course in the fields of machining and automotive mechatronics at the Kreishandwerkerschaft (District Tradesmen's Association) Hellweg-Lippe in Soest. This training supervisor course of instruction is the first instance of the Indian labour ministry commissioning a German provider of continuing education with a job that is fully funded by Indian budget resources. iMOVE had conducted the tendering procedure on behalf of the Indian labour ministry.
iMOVE: How come the Kreishandwerkerschaft Hellweg-Lippe has conducted a training for the Indian government?
Tschirpke: India urgently needs trainers who can provide practice-oriented education and training for the rapidly growing number of young people in the country. The Indian government makes a point of finding this action- and market-oriented know-how specifically in Germany.
On the basis of an agreement between the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Indian Ministry of Labour, iMOVE has conducted the tendering procedure in Germany and has carried out a qualitative pre-selection of submitted tenders in order to identify qualified German providers for this train-the-trainer course. We happened to be the lucky ones whose tender was accepted.
iMOVE: What did the qualification measure entail as regards its contents?
Tschirpke: First, colleagues from the Kreishandwerkerschaft have prepared the master trainers in India by providing a two-week course on the topic of vocational pedagogics. Subsequently, these training supervisors spent six weeks in Soest.
The qualification measure comprised a course of instruction at our vocational education and training centre in Soest, numerous visits to various businesses and work experience by placement with a company.