Workshop about German vocational education


On October 1st RGIT and American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AIGCS) organized the workshop „Learn & Earn: Promotion of the US Workforce and Skills Initiative“ with Dr. Achim Dercks, Chief Executive of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). After a short introduction, Dr. Dercks explained about the functions of the DIHK as well as the structure of the German dual education system. The following discussion focused on issues like the possibilities for advanced training for lateral entrants and on how to guarantee an extension of a contract by the trainee after the successful completion of the vocational training. The panel ended with a question concerning the integration of students from educationally deprived families and students with diverse cultural backgrounds into the professional environment.