The German dual system of vocational training receives considerable publicity worldwide and is being adopted by a growing number of other countries as a model which has stood the test of time, particularly with a view to combating youth unemployment. In response to the growing demand for information and exchange of experience on the dual system of vocational training and higher education from abroad, the federal ministries are now dovetailing their many different activities and from today (12 September) are offering the services of the Central Office for International Vocational Training Cooperation as a new point of contact for the international community.
Harald Braun, State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office, said the following at the opening of the Central Office today (12 September):
The German dual system of vocational training plays an important role in training young people and reducing youth unemployment.
Other countries respect and recognise the success we have had in training young people and keeping youth unemployment at a very low level in Germany.
The German missions abroad see day in day out that governments, associations and businesses in our partner countries are extremely keen to cooperate closely in the sphere of the dual system of vocational training.
With today’s launch of the Central Office for International Vocational Training Cooperation, we are thus extending further the range of what we can offer.
This bolsters cooperation with our international partners, benefits Germany and improves the prospects of young people within the EU and further afield.