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.
Ways of working together on vocational training initiatives were discussed during the visit to Cedefop of German Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Hans-Joachim Fuchtel.
Some 2.5 million students ‒ a record high in enrolment rates at German universities. At the same time, more and more young people who have acquired university entrance qualifications decide against going to university and opt for vocational education and training (VET) instead, as current data show.
In future, vocational schools will allow young people with and without disabilities to study jointly. In Bavaria, this is a further step towards implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The pilot adds seven school tandems in vocational education and training (VET) to the existing number of 86 schools offering inclusive education.
In cooperation with the Bundestechnologiezentrum für Elektro- und Informationstechnik (BFE Oldenburg - Federal Technology Centre for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology), the company Diekmann Elektrotechnik based in Damme has implemented an online learning platform for apprentices.
Around 2.9 million people living in Germany have migrant backgrounds and acquired their highest vocational qualification in another country. Often, however, they are unable to find employment matching their qualification. Germany's new law to improve the assessment and recognition of professional qualifications acquired abroad aims to contribute to better and more uniform regulation.
Education and science are global drivers of innovation, economic growth and prosperity. Vocational training is increasingly becoming another such driver. The BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany) cooperates with strategically important countries on vocational training and supports German providers of initial and continuing vocational training in developing the rapidly growing international education market.