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The German apprenticeship system out to take on the world

Articles published on Planet Labor showing how the German apprenticeship system has been spreading through Europe and the world.

25 February 2014
Germany: with GOVET, the country rationalizes its advice structures to sell its vocational training system abroad
Since the last crisis, we’ve seen that young people’s access to the labor world was much safer in countries with a “dual” vocational training system: Germany, Austria, the Netherlands or Switzerland are weighed down under requests for advice from European and non-European countries.  To face this inflow better, the German government has redefined its strategy on the subject.  Thus, in early February, it presented the German Office for International Cooperation and Vocational Education and Training...
The German apprenticeship system out to take on the world
23 May 2013
EU: Berlin and Paris want to extend dual apprenticeship in Europe to tackle youth unemployment
While unemployment is breaking new records in southern Europe, Wolfgang Schäuble and Ursula von der Leyen, respectively Minister of Finance and Minister for Employment and Social Affairs in Germany, revealed to the press, on May 22, the outline of a Franco-German initiative against youth unemployment in Europe.  The plan will be officially presented on May 28 at a conference in Paris before, among others, French Employment Minister Michel Sapin, and Mrs. von der Leyen.  The German Ministers would like to build...
The German apprenticeship system out to take on the world
23 April 2013
BASF and the Catalonian Government (Spain) agree to the first dual training program at the transnational scale
The chemical company BASF and the Catalonian Department of Education (Spain) have just reached an agreement by which students from a Catalonian vocational training school can pursue a dual training program involving significant work experience abroad, at BASF’s headquarters (Ludwigshafen, Germany). To our knowledge, this is the first dual training program with a transnational component to be approved in Spain. The first edition of this program is expected to commence in September 2013. (Ref. 130268)
The German apprenticeship system out to take on the world
6 March 2013
Germany: government opens labor market to third-country graduate apprentices
After introducing the European blue card for highly-skilled workers from third countries and voted a law making it easier to recognize foreign degrees, Angela Merkel’s government took a new measure, this time to make it easier for people who successfully completed vocational training in a non-EU State to come to Germany. To that end, the Federal government adopted, at a cabinet meeting on February 27, a “Draft ordinance amending the regulations on the employment of third-country persons”...
The German apprenticeship system out to take on the world
28 January 2013
Corporate practices: Seat among the first to implement the dual training system
Seat, the Spanish car brand and a Volkswagen subsidiary, founded its Apprentice School back in 1957. Since then, this three-year apprenticeship vocational school has been operating uninterruptedly in accordance with the traditional Spanish vocational system. However, the latest labor reform (Decree Law 3/2012) has allowed the company to adapt their school to the dual training system, which was not legally possible before this law entered into force. Seat tells Planet Labor about this major change in their...
The German apprenticeship system out to take on the world
12 December 2012
Europe: in Berlin, seven countries adopt European “Apprenticeship Pact”
At a time when youth unemployment is breaking new records in southern Europe (58 percent in Greece), all eyes are on Germany which has one of the lowest youth unemployment rates in Europe (around 8 percent). Judging that Germany’s success mostly comes from its dual training system, six European countries (Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Latvia and Slovakia) have decided to reshape their vocational training system based on the “German model.” At a European press conference in Berlin on December...
The German apprenticeship system out to take on the world
23 August 2012
Corporate practices: in Kaluga, Russia, Volkswagen is training its own apprentices
Lack of skilled workers.  170 kilometers south west of Moscow, at the gates of the city of Kaluga, is a 400-ha production site, Volkswagen Group Rus, Volkswagen’s Russian subsidiary.  Created in 2006, the plant, which now employs 4,200 people, produces nearly 150,000 cars each year, including the Tiguan, the new Polo Sedan, as well as Skoda’s Fabia and Octavia.  As soon as it arrived in Russia, Volkswagen was faced with serious problems.  Russian consumers liked Volkswagen’s cars but they would rather...
The German apprenticeship system out to take on the world
23 August 2012
Germany: German-style apprenticeship set out to conquer the world
The ‘dual system’ on the fringe of the Atlantic Ocean.  In a workshop located one floor above the assembly hall of the American headquarters of the German chainsaw maker, Stihl, in Virginia Beach, VA, young Americans are learning how to file, mill, grind, weld and code machines, supervised by a German trainer.  They are part of a group of apprentices who are doing a German-style dual training.  Indeed, to make its chainsaws, hedge trimmers and brush cutters, the international leader from Swabia (€2.6...
The German apprenticeship system out to take on the world