The partners within the alliance want to strengthen dual vocational training and highlight the fact that vocational training is just as good as academic education. In forging the Alliance, the German government has delivered on a promise made in the Coalition Agreement, the ‘training guarantee’. More specifically, this means that every young person interested in vocational training is to be shown the shortest possible way towards obtaining professional qualifications. Vocational training within a company is the preferred method to achieve this.
Last year, in 2015, the partners within the Alliance put in place some key measures which will strengthen Germany’s dual vocational training system in a meaningful and tangible way: these include an extensive, joint campaign to secure more training places in companies and to have these places registered with the Federal Employment Agency, the new Assisted Training support programme, additional support for young people currently undergoing training, and a comprehensive post-placement concept.
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.