Two people looking at a tablet, symbolic of 'Skills Experts': skilled workers for German companies

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In Germany, companies successfully secure the skills they need for the future in the context of the dual vocational training system. In contrast, many countries worldwide build on vocational training models in schools and universities. Against this background, many German firms operating abroad are encountering difficulties in recruiting a sufficient number of qualified young staff – and this affects these companies' innovativeness and competitiveness in the long term.

Training workers abroad in line with German standards

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has launched the 'Skills Experts' programme so that German companies operating abroad can train the local workers they need in line with the dual vocational training system. The programme helps in particular small and medium-sized enterprises abroad to train local workers with intermediate-level qualifications in the context of needs-based practical training.
Skills experts are based at the bilateral chambers of industry and commerce, helping them to establish vocational training activities that meet the needs of German companies. The Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) as programme partner guarantees standards in the field of vocational training that are recognised worldwide and their certification in line with the German system.

Skills experts and bilateral chambers of industry and commerce – a strong team for the training of local workers

The establishment of active, local networks is indispensable for practical vocational training. Therefore the bilateral chambers of industry and commerce are serving as an important bridge for German firms, companies in the partner countries and national training providers. Owing to their close link with the chambers in Germany, which are responsible for vocational training pursuant to the Vocational Training Act and the Crafts Code, they are able to offer needs-based, high-quality vocational training services – in line with the German dual vocational training system. In the medium term, the aim is to provide self-financing services by the bilateral chambers of industry and commerce in the field of initial and further vocational training.

The 'Skills Experts' programme was launched in January 2017 in six countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Viet Nam. The progamme is planned to be expanded to selected African countries in the context of the Pro! Africa (PDF, 94KB) Initiative of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.