Vocational Educational Training

The European Commission right now is concentrating its efforts to organize a “European Alliance for Apprenticeships”. The Commission will work in this Alliance with Member States, social partners, VET providers, industry and chambers to develop and strengthen the quality of apprenticeship across Europe. In some countries like Germany and Austria the apprenticeship models are highly structured with certain regulatory requirements. In Germany for example the Vocational Training Act defines the collaboration of companies and chambers. The Chambers of Commerce and Industry are responsible for most of the professions and for that reason for most of the learners (“Auszubildende”) in Germany.

Successful feature
A successful feature of the German apprenticeship model is, that each company must have at least one designated trainer to support the learners during their training. Employers who offer apprenticeship need to provide a trainer or trainers who have proven the personal and practical abilities to provide apprenticeship training. Trainers have to pass an exam, following a regulation for trainer’s aptitude (Prüfung nach der “Ausbilder-Eignungsverordnung”, AVEO) to demonstrate vocational and pedagogical skills. The Chambers of Commerce and Industry are auditing authorities.

Requirements are increasing

The requirements for trainers are increasing. The immigration of many people into Germany and Europe and the internationalization of work and education are currently the two major challenges faced by both, local dual vocational training companies as well as companies with international business. To cope with these requirements for the new challenges in Europe the
Certificate Course VET Instructor/Trainer International was developed.

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