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Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Germany – a role model?

We have compiled this site for international users who are interested in the dual system of vocational education and training (VET) in Germany. If you are looking for more comprehensive information on VET in Germany or a general perspective on VET, a catalogue of resources is available in German, see Berufliche Bildung. Furthermore, a comprehensive collection of records (mostly German language resources) is provided in the section Weiterbildung und Erwachsenenbildung.

Basic information about (dual) VET in Germany, legal framework

Vocational Education and Training Act Germany (2005)

https://www.bmbf.de/pub/BBiG_englisch_050805.pdf

The Vocational Education and Training Act underwent a comprehensive reform in 2005, this document shows the full text version of the Act (64 pages, including details on federal institutions involved in vocational education and training.  
Dokument von: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Glossary of in-company vocational education and training (German-English)

http://www.bmbf.de/pub/jobstarter_betriebliche_ausbildung_deutsch_englisch.pdf

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has commissioned the publication of bilingual glossaries on in-company vocational educaton and training in order to familiarise foreign employers based in Germany with the regulations and procedures of dual VET in Germany. The glossary itself lists and explains 36 terms crucial to VET in Germany, alternative language [...] 
Dokument von: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

The Dual System of Vocational Training in Germany:

http://www.bmwi.de/English/Redaktion/Pdf/dual-system-of-vocational-training-germany,property=pdf,bereich=bmwi2012,sprache=en,rwb=true.pdf

The brochure, published by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, informs about the system of dual vocation and training that is well established in Germany, combining company-based training with vocational education at school. 

Dual VET- Vocational Education and Training in Germany

http://www.bibb.de/en/govet_2362.php

The presentation illustrates central aspects and key advantages of the dual system of vocational education and training in Germany, focusing particularly on the benefits for stakeholders and economic advantages. It targets an international audience of stakeholders wishing to adopt the German model to their countries. The presentation is available in English, French, German, [...] 

The engine of dual VET: cooperation of stakeholders from business, government and society

https://www.bibb.de/dokumente/pdf/Motor_der_Dualen_Berufsbildung_EN.pdf

The presentation focuses on the joint responsibility of stakeholders in shaping the VET system in Germany and assuring its quality. 

Vocational education and training in Germany: Short description

http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/publications/13005.aspx

This overview of vocational education and training in Germany was compiled by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) in cooperation with the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP). With its description of the most important aspects of the German system, this publication provides an overview of vocational education and [...] 

German dual system Basic VET information

http://www.imove-germany.de/cps/rde/xchg/imove_projekt_international/hs.xsl/12737.htm?rdeLocaleAttr=en&

A compilation of web resources from official institutions that are available in other languages, e.g. English, Chinese, Arabic. The focus of these publications is placed on basic information on the German VET system. 

Vocational Education and Training: An Overview

http://www.bibb.de/dokumente/pdf/folienband_puetz-englisch.pdf

The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training edited this comprehensive publication on the structure and legal framework of vocational and continuing education and training in Germany. It names actors (policy and administration bodies, types of vocational school and the federal system) and new developments. The dual system of vocational education and training is [...] 

Practical information

Tips for immigrant parents: Vocational training in Germany. How to help your child get a good start in working life.

http://www.bmbf.de/pub/Kausa_Elternbroschuere_englisch.pdf

This brochure introduces immigrant parents to vocational education and training pathways in Germany and gives examples of how parents can support their children, and where they can find advice and counseling. It is published by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and available in several languages (German, English, Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish). 
Dokument von: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Film: Vocational Education and Training in Germany - Assuring the Future

https://www.bibb.de/en/26756.php

The film “Vocational Education and Training in Germany - Assuring the Future“ presents the basic elements of the German VET system such as collaboration with government and industry, the ´two learning venues´ principle, and qualifications that are recognized nation-wide. The film is available for download in several languages. 

Reports, analyses

Getting Ahead through Advanced Vocational Training. German Background Report on the OECD Study

http://www.bmbf.de/pub/getting_ahead_through_advanced_vocational_training.pdf

The “Skills beyond School” activity launched in 2011 focuses on postsecondary vocational skills which can be acquired after the completion of initial training. This includes the area of advanced vocational training, continuing education and retraining, which is increasingly important. […] The OECD is preparing an international comparative review covering the participating [...] 
Dokument von: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Training regulations and how they come about (brochure)

http://www.bibb.de/veroeffentlichungen/en/publication/show/id/7324

This brochure provides information on a unique procedure for the development of training regulations. The arrangements form the basis for initial training in the dual system, in which many young people in Germany begin their vocational qualification. This procedure has the great advantage that its results are fully accepted by training practice. It involves those affected [...] 

A Skills Beyond School Review of Germany.

http://www.oecd.org/edu/skills-beyond-school/ASkillsbeyondSchoolReviewofGermany.pdf

This report examines vocational education and training programs in Germany including how they are changing, how they are funded, how they are linked to academic and university programmes and how employers and unions can be engaged. Strengths, weaknesses and challenges are addressed. (DIPF/Orig.) 

Federal Vocational Education and Training Report 2015

https://www.bmbf.de/pub/BBB_2015_eng.pdf

The rreport in forms about data relating to VET in Germany, e.g. the employment market, training figures, permeability, internationalisation of the dual system of vocational education and in-company training, further and continuing education opportunities and legal frameworks. 
Dokument von: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Vet Data Report 2014

http://www.bibb.de/veroeffentlichungen/en/publication/show/id/7722

Facts and Analyses accompanying the Federal Report on Vocational Education and Training - selected findings, presented by the Federal Institute of Vocational Education and Training(BIBB).This siste offers a link to the online publication (pdf file). 

VET in Europe - Country Report Germany

http://www.refernet.de/media/BIBB_ReferNet_barrierefrei%281%29.pdf

This report on the situation of vocational education and training as well as continuing education in Germany was produced by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), on behalf of the European Centre for Development in VET. Drawing on official statistics and indicators, it presents a contemporary account of VET in Germany and its role in economic [...] 

European Patterns of Successful Practice in Vocational Education and Training

http://www.european-agency.org/sites/default/files/vet-report_en.pdf

This report on European Patterns of Successful Practice in Vocational Education and Training (VET) was developed as a result of a coherent and comprehensive analysis of 28 VET practices, examined in the course of the Vocational Education and Training: Policy and Practice in the field of Special Needs Education project. The report identifies similarities and differences in [...] 

Attractiveness of vocational education. BWP on the dual system of VET and its benefits.

http://www.bibb.de/veroeffentlichungen/en/bwp/show/id/7120

Dual vocational education and training is regarded internationally as an extremely successful training model. Just what makes the system so attractive and how can it be further fostered? The papers in the “Vocational Training in Research and Practice” (BWP) address this question from a range of different angles.  

Chances of progressing to dual vocational education and training and training success of young migrants (BIBB Report 5/2014)

http://www.bibb.de/en/20883.php

It has long since been known that young migrants in Germany experience particular difficulties in progressing from school to vocational education and training. Their chances of obtaining a training place within the dual system of vocational education and training are significantly worse than those of young people not from a migrant background. The report undertakes a [...] 

 

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