Five years ago, the senior experts service (SES) initiative VerA (Verhinderung von Ausbildungsabbrüchen - prevention of apprenticeship discontinuation) was launched to avoid training dropouts and improve the training process by intervening quickly to help young people help themselves. A veritable success story: 3000 apprentices have taken advantage of the initiative.
Sarah Jagemann was 19 when she had her twins. As such, a joyful event, but not good timing for somebody starting a career. A regular full apprenticeship of 40 hours per week was impossible to follow with two small children, but an apprenticeship with reduced numbers of hours seemed an option.
’Many young people are not aware of the career opportunities opened up by vocational qualifications. We have to do more to interest young people in vocational education and training (VET).’ These were the words of Volker Rode, chairman of the Mittelstandsvereinigung Main-Kinzig (MIT – SME Association Main-Kinzig).
A delegation of German federal MPs, members of the Bundestag’s Budget Committee, visited Cedefop on 17 September accompanied by the German General Consul and met with the agency’s Deputy Director Mara Brugia.
Popularity of dual study courses remains unbroken. With 11.4 % in 2013, the AusbildungPlus (vocational education plus) database of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) registered a two-digit growth rate in dual study courses for initial training.
A joint initiative will focus on better including people with disabilities in vocational education and training (VET) and employment. It also aims to make employers more aware of the available labour force and disabled people’s potential
There are some 340 different occupations requiring vocational education and training (VET), but boys still preferably want to be automotive mechatronics engineers and girls retail saleswomen.
The German government successively implements various measures to make it easier for professionals from abroad to access the German labour market.
Businesses hiring graduates of lower-secondary schools (1) (Hauptschüler) as apprentices are usually quite satisfied with them. This is the result of a study by the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB).
Vocational education and training (VET) at all levels and throughout one’s career becomes more and more important due to demographic change, threat of skilled labour shortage and longer working lives.