There is a shared aim to strengthen dual vocational training and to promote the equal value of vocational and academic education. In forging the Alliance, the German government has delivered on a promise made in the Coalition Agreement, the ‘training guarantee’. Every young person interested in training is to be shown a "path" which can lead him or her to a vocational qualification as quickly as possible. Vocational training within a company is a clear priority.
At their annual summit meeting on 2 June 2016 the partners in the Alliance for Initial and Further Training took stock after one and a half years of activity and reaffirmed their commitment to the dual system of vocational training. In a new declaration for strong vocational training, they included priorities for the years to come, coordinating steps for refugees and for people already on the labour market. Amongst other things, the partners advocate for a high number of vocational training places and want to create over 500,000 such training places this year.
In 2015, the partners within the Alliance put in place some key measures to do this. In particular, the intensive and joint campaigning for more vocational training places and reporting these to the Federal Employment Agency, the new Assisted Training support instrument, the expansion of support to people receiving training, and a comprehensive post-placement concept represent specific contributions taken by the Alliance for Initial and Further Training in 2015 to strengthen the dual training system.
Creating real prospects for refugees
Several key measures that are to help refugees gain access to work and vocational training were agreed within the Alliance for Initial and Further Training on 18 September 2015 and endorsed by its members (the German government, businesses, unions, and the Länder). In a joint declaration delivered by the members of the Alliance and entitled “Joining forces for real prospects for refugees”, they announced that there will be
- additional language and integration classes,
- ‘refugee guides’ who will act as contacts between companies and refugees (ministry programme launched in early 2016 with 140 refugee guides),
- children and teenagers among the refugees taught in mainstream schools (both general and preparatory vocational schools),
- fast access to preparatory training (including the new Assisted Training programme) put in place for individuals whose deportation has been suspended and for asylum seekers who are likely to be granted leave to remain.
The various partners within the alliance will continue to actively address the challenges that currently present themselves on the training market and that affect young people born in Germany as well as young refugees.