The Federal Foreign Office is promoting the dialogue on vocational training in the United States.
State Secretary Markus Ederer received the Governors of Kentucky, South Dakota and Oklahoma for talks at the Federal Foreign Office on Friday, 24 March. The three Republican Governors had travelled to Hamburg and Berlin on a three‑day trip dedicated to the dual system of vocational training.
State Secretary Ederer held discussions with his American guests on transatlantic cooperation in vocational training. Bilateral relations, the EU’s economic and political role and continued efforts to promote free and fair trade were also on their agenda.
The German Embassy in Washington has promoted vocational training for over five years via the Skills Initiative, which connects German companies in the region with training centres and other vocational training providers. The US states are also actively involved in these efforts. The objective of the Skills Initiative is to improve vocational training in the US in order to better meet industrial companies’ demand for skilled workers.