Vocational training is an important factor in economic growth and technological progress. What is more, it offers young people better career prospects and enables them to play a part in society. The dual system of vocational training requires close cooperation between the state, business and social partners, which fits into the structure of the society in question.
A field for many players
The German Government has for decades been engaged in many different ways in international cooperation in the field of vocational training. Various federal ministries as well as the Länder, business associations and German chambers of commerce abroad, companies and other private providers (through the initiative iMOVE: Training - Made in Germany) have launched programmes and are implementing them in the various partner countries.
The Federal Government strategy for one-stop international cooperation in vocational education and training
Since 2013, cooperation has been based on the Federal Government strategy for one-stop international cooperation in vocational education and training (document in German). As one of the four core ministries – alongside the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy – the Federal Foreign Office is responsible for the coordination of the various activities undertaken in other countries. The German missions in key locations abroad thus organise round tables for coordination and exchanges of experience.
The German Office for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training (GOVET)
To implement its strategy, the German Government set up the German Office for International Cooperation in Vocational and Educational Training (GOVET). As a non-partisan institution of the federal ministries, GOVET – which is based at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BiBB) – organises coordination within Germany among the ministries and many other players.