Skills event with the National Governors Association

02/25/2015

The German Embassy and the Representative of German Industry and Trade organized an event on German Dual Education at the annual meeting of State and Governors’ Workforce Development Policy Leaders in Washington, DC. Participants from every U.S. states received information regarding the German Skills Initiative as well as an update on the current approaches to adapt the German dual-system model to the U.S. model. A panel session and roundtable discussions provided the opportunity to exchange ideas on how the states and individual governors can adapt these models to their benefits.

Dr. Peter Wittig, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States, Dr. Thomas Zielke with RGIT and Martin Simon from the National Governors Association (NGA) gave welcoming remarks during which they emphasized the need for skilled workers in U.S. companies in the U.S. and they discussed the important role of the public sector for support of a skilled workforce. Dr. Walter Maisel provided a vital perspective as President and CEO of Kostal North America, a leader in adapting the German Dual Model for a U.S. system.

Brandon Adams, a former apprentice of Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and 2013 graduate gave an insight into his year long training program at the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Closing remarks were provided by Deputy Secretary of Labor, Christopher P. Lu.