Project Description

Expert Conference, Lucerne (Switzerland), 14 April 2016

In four topic-based workshops various project examples and the experiences of the members were presented and discussed. Here you will find the presentations, documentation and conclusions:

Workplace as a Learning Venue

The practical acquisition of skills in a real working environment is a key element of dual VET. In the Donor Committee member countries, the ratio of practical learning in a company to school-based learning is between 80:20 and 60:40. As such, learning in a company is the main focus of dual vocational education and training. To ensure that the workplace is an effective learning venue, several requirements have to be met. The following issues were discussedt the conference:

  • Relationship between schools and companies as learning venues: How should/must the dynamic relationship between schools and companies be shaped, so that a workplace can function as a place of learning?
  • The company as a learning venue: How should/must a company design a workplace so that it can actually be experienced as a place of learning by the person who is being trained?
  • Framework conditions for the company as a learning venue: Which requirements/framework conditions are necessary so that the workplace can function as a place of learning?

Read and hear more about the presentations, information and conclusions of the workshop:

OVERVIEW & TAKE-HOME MESSAGES AS PDF…
Project example ADA, China

Workshop 1: Summary and Key Messages (in German)

Joint Responsibility of the State and Private Sector

The joint responsibility of the state and private sector and of partners at schools and companies respectively, is a key feature of dual VET. The so-called collective governance (Verbundpartnerschaft) is regulated in legislation. The starting point for this cooperation is clearly defined responsibilities and a dialogue on a level playing field. In development cooperation partner countries, the private sector is often not even involved or only to a minimal extent. Consequently the integration of the private sector is often a key goal in VET projects.

Read and hear more about the presentations, information and conclusions of the workshop:

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Project example BMZ/GIZ, Egypt
Project example SDC, Myanmar

Workshop 2: Summary and Key Messages (in German)

Challenges and Experiences with Dual System Reforms taking the Republic of Moldova as an Example

The Moldovan vocational education and training system is currently unsatisfactory. Reform endeavors face extensive challenges, amongst other,s in the areas of

  • changing the legal foundations for vocational secondary education,
  • pilot testing of two-year dual programs,
  • the capacity building of school staff,
  • the capitalization and upscaling of pilot projects.

One project presentation demonstrates how ADA supports the country in their efforts by setting up an occupational center as part of the ADA economic partnerships, in the other LED demonstrates their support with their project «CONSEPT – Strengthening the Vocational Training System in the Republic of Moldova».

Read and hear more about the presentations, information and conclusions of the workshop:

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Project example ADA, Moldova
Project example LED, Moldova

Workshop 3: Summary and Key Messages

Dual VET in Fragile Contexts

Throughout the world, there are more than 1.5 billion people living in fragile countries and countries marked by conflict and violence. Around 28 million children in conflict regions are denied schooling and as a result are often left bereft of personal, career and social prospects. With (initial and continuing) vocational education and training, people do not only develop specialist competences, they also improve their personal and social skills. The working group – based on the two project examples in Niger and Palestine – examined the question of which prospects can be created by dual VET in contexts characterized by fragility and informal employment relationships.

Read and hear more about the presentations, information and conclusions of the workshop:

OVERVIEW & TAKE-HOME MESSAGES AS PDF…
Project example BMZ/GIZ, Palestine
Project example DEZA, Niger

Workshop 4: Summary and Key Messages (in German)