Training – Made in Germany: iMOVE supplies German competence in training and continuing education
Germany exports not only economic goods, but also its concept for vocational training and further education. The iMOVE initiative provides successful support.
Shortages of specialised staff affect not only industrialised countries such as Germany. The picture is the same when you look at Chile, Viet Nam and China. Even in emerging economies companies complain of a lack of well trained employees. One solution to the problem is to organise training in the individual countries. And this opens up huge opportunities for German education providers. iMOVE (International Marketing of Vocational Education) helps them. This initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) offers support in accessing international markets. iMOVE aims to open doors to promote international cooperation and the initiation of cooperative projects and business relations in vocational training and continuing education.
iMOVE advertises German competence in dual training
The iMOVE slogan is ‘Training – Made in Germany’. iMOVE uses it in other countries to advertise German competence in vocational education. In a report in the newspaper Financial Times Deutschland, Sabine Gummersbach-Majoroh, former head of the iMOVE initiative, explains that there is great international respect for the approach of the German dual training – that is, the integration of theoretical learning into everyday working life, the combination of theory and practice, and the close, cooperative master-student relationship. Germany has concluded more than 40 bilateral cooperation agreements in the area of vocational training with the aid of iMOVE and other organisations such as the chambers of foreign trade.
Training and continuing education: German know-how for India’s specialists
India needs a huge number of qualified specialists. The country wishes to train 40 million people by the year 2022 – every year. Yet the state vocational training colleges lack the infrastructure for doing so. In addition, more know-how and equipment is needed. Furthermore, the number of training places is sufficient for only around ten per cent of young people. Trainers are required to give the upcoming generation of Indians practical training like that in Germany. The Indian Government has therefore decided in favour of a cooperative scheme with Germany in the areas of training and continuing education for teachers, teaching materials and the development of competence standards.
In December 2012, 20 Indian heads of training at vocational institutions completed a further training course at the skilled trades association Kreishandwerkerschaft Hellweg-Lippe in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia with specialist support from iMove. Their six-week course was tailored to vocational training personnel in machining and automotive mechatronics. It included several site visits, an internship and an apprenticeship in the vocational training centre. To prepare, employees of the Kreishandwerkerschaft had spent two weeks on site in India, training the heads of training in the special topic of vocational pedagogy. If the training programme is successful, the Indian Government is planning to have another 120 trainers from various sectors trained by German educational providers.
German dual training is a huge export success
Youth unemployment is a problem around the globe. According to the United Nations, it is rising again and in 2013 it will reach an average of 12.6 per cent. According to a recently published study, the International Labour Organization (ILO) expects that in 2013 roughly 73.4 million 15 to 24-year-olds will be out of work. One exception is Germany, where the number of unemployed in this age group fell by half from 2005 to 2012. In 2012 the figure was eight per cent. Dual training is thought to be one of the main reasons for this. More and more countries therefore want to establish this German system for training and continuing education.
However, the system cannot simply be exported one-to-one, says Birgit Thomann of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB). So the iMOVE initiative is especially important. ‘We are therefore offering special courses adapted to the needs of the partner country,’ Thomann says, adding that this means the initial structures for developing a dual training system must already exist in the partner country, and that all the players have to be involved.
Community discussion on iMOVE and German competence in in training and continuing education
Are you familiar with the German system of dual training? Have you completed a vocational training course in Germany? How did you like the combination of theory and practice? And do you think the German concept of vocational training and continuing education is a successful export? Join in the discussion on the iMOVE initiative with us and other alumni in the Community group ‘Berufliche Bildung / Vocational Education’!