600 companies in 11 countries benefit from dual vocational training
(vocational education and on-the-job training) through the VETnet
project, which is supported by the Ministry of Education and Research.
The AHKs in China, Greece, India, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia,
Thailand, and since 2016 also Mexico and the United States support
these companies in implementing the dual vocational training and
thereby ensure that their needs for skilled personnel are reliably met.
And these needs are substantial: In 2016, there were 6,000 trainees
in 38 different occupations and eight different industries. Here too
the effect of Industry 4.0 is evident: The majority of trainings are for
jobs in trade, industry, and technology, with mechatronics leading
the pack. An increase in variety however can be observed in the latest
training year: the newest professions are (industrial) footwear maker
and warehouse logistics technician.
The AHKs further expanded their
vocational training activities in 2016. As a local platform for partners
and as local experts for a dual vocational training that is oriented
towards the needs of the companies involved, they ensure the quality
of dual vocational training »made in Germany«. 600 »showcases« with
companies where one can experience dual vocational training live and
in color encourage imitation and increasingly promote the concept of
vocational training according to the German model abroad.