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[ News ]  VTC Chairman and Executive Director learn the Dual System in Germany - 2016-05-09
As announced by the Chief Executive in the 2016 Policy Address, the Government has accepted all 27 recommendations of the Task Force on Promotion of Vocational Education and encouraged all government bodies, vocational, professional education learning providers and stakeholders to keep abreast of the global Vocational Education and Training (VPET) trends and developments.  In light of this, VTC dispatched a delegation to Germany from 2 to 9 May 2016.

Understanding the German dual system. The VTC delegation to Trier, Bonn and Berlin was led by Chairman Dr CHEN Cheng Jen, Clement and Executive Director Mrs YAU TSANG Ka Lai, Carrie and was accompanied by Assistant Secretary of the Education Bureau, Mr Ronald LING.  The focus of the study visit was to deepen understanding of the dual track vocational education system in Germany and the roles between different stakeholders in the provision of VPET.

German partners. Major objectives of the trip included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between VTC and the Trier University of Applied Sciences, in conjunction with the renewal of the MoU between THEi and Balthasar Neumann Technical School Trier. Both MoUs signify mutual collaboration for research, student and staff exchange.

A full schedule. For a comprehensive understanding of the respective roles and collaboration between various VPET stakeholders in Germany, the delegation visited and met with the following organizations:

•    The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
•    Gemeinschaftslehrwerkstatt Siegburg (vocational training centre run by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry) ()
•    SGL Group - The Carbon Company (Company taking in apprentices and offering the training directly) )
•    Brillat-Savarin-Schule (A gastronomy, hotel and hosiptality school ()
•    Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (Organization harmonising education affairs in the 16 German Federal States ()
•    German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (A conglomeration of the 53 Chambers of Crafts and Trades))
•    UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre (UNESCO division responsible for the development of policies and practices concerning education for the world of work and skills development for employability and citizenship)

The highly fruitful duty visit confirmed that the dual track system together with proactive participation from industry is a key factor for the success of the German VET education system. It is a good benchmark for VTC’s future development.  The curriculum design in Germany also serves as a useful reference for VTC and existing bonds with the German higher education institutions and organisations were strengthened. The study visit has certainly paved the way for a more intensified future collaboration with Germany.

Dr Carrie YAU, VTC Executive Director and Prof. Dr. Norbert KUHN, President of the Trier University of Applied Sciences sign the Memorandum of Understanding

Prof. CHUA Hong, Dean(FST)/THEi of VTC and Dr Michael Schäfer, Director of BNT Trier sign the Memorandum of Understanding and exchange souvenirs

The delegation visits the kitchen of  a gastronomy school in Berlin (Brillat-Savarin-Schule) and learns about its food preparation process

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bonn/Rhein-Sieg introduces its operation and programmes

A visit to a Bonn company taking in VET apprentices (SGL Group - The Carbon Company) provides insight into industry’s role in VET and the value of apprentices

The delegation learn more education issues in the 16 German Federal States are harmonised thoughthe Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany

The delegation discusses the challenges facing dual VET with the organization of skilled crafts in Berlin (German Confederation of Skilled Crafts)

The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre shares the same vision with VTC in promoting lifelong learning opportunities