Dual education in the U.S.

11/20/2015

The Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) together with the German-American Chambers of Commerce (GACC) hosted an event on the success and future of German-American apprenticeships. Leading experts in this field presented regional initiatives, which have been established with the support of the GACCs in the last couple of years to address the issue of skills shortage. Participants of the conference stressed the need to improve the reputation of vocational training as a genuine career path and called for more support for SMEs to be able to launch apprenticeship programs.

 

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chair of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, made the case for expanding vocational training in the U.S. and talked about her efforts in passing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which aims at modernizing the nation’s workforce development system and filling the skills gap. The following panel discussion featured Deputy Secretary of Labor, Christopher P. Lu, who underpinned the keen interest of the United States in fostering company-driven education models and discussed with government and business representatives how to expand apprenticeship programs.