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GOVET – the German Office for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training

German vocational training, particularly the dual training system, attracts interest from all over the world. To meet the growing demand for collaboration in vocational training, the German Government has established a Central Office for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training. 

Central point of contact for information on the dual training system in Germany

The German Office for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training (GOVET) is based at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) in Bonn. Members of BIBB, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Federal Foreign Office work together at GOVET, which is the central point of contact for international vocational training cooperation. In particular, interested parties from Germany and abroad can obtain information about the dual training system, German vocational training cooperation initiatives and potential cooperation partners. The Federal Foreign Office was instrumental in setting up the Office and is also providing support in the form of personnel.

Enquiries from Germany and abroad

GOVET staff respond to questions from Germany and abroad regarding cooperation and participation opportunities and, where necessary, ensure that requests are forwarded to the relevant experts from the spheres of politics, business and society. The  GOVET website  also features a detailed country profile section and the international vocational training cooperation database.

Furthermore, GOVET is responsible for the Round Table for International Vocational Education and Training Cooperation. The Round Table meets regularly at state secretary, ministerial and working level. GOVET and the Round Table help German stakeholders in international vocational training cooperation to take coherent action.

GOVET plays a key role in the Federal Government strategy for one‑stop international cooperation in vocational education and training, which the Federal Cabinet adopted in early July 2013 under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Furthermore, GOVET assists the political cooperation by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the sphere of vocational training, for example cooperation with six European countries with which Germany signed a declaration of intent in December 2012.


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