German Excellence Solutions (GES) recognizes the importance of education, training, and knowledge with the latest technologies and modern techniques.
German Excellence Solutions (GES) recognizes the importance of education, training, and knowledge with the latest technologies and modern techniques. Following the German Dual VET System which is designed to increase the employees’ level of knowledge and performance in a very competitive industry.
What is German Dual VET System?
The Dual VET – Vocational Education and Training supports the development from learning to employment and responds to the skills needed in the labor market. People are trained in a two-factor system – theory and practical.
In Germany, the Vocational Education and Training courses last for two to four years, apprentices spend a couple of days a week, or several weeks at a time, at a vocational school (Berufsschule) where they obtain theoretical knowledge for their occupation of choice. Classes also include German, English, and social studies. At the same time, a company or public sector institution hosts the apprentices where they gain practical knowledge and hands-on experience. The apprentice usually spends 60 percent of their time in the workplace under supervision of a certified trainer and 40 percent in the classroom.
Dual VET is part of the German school system and enjoys a secure position between general education and the labor market, and is alternative to university-level education.
Impact and benefits of the action-oriented training method
In the course of their action-oriented training, trainees will learn the specific skills, knowledge and abilities which are needed by skilled workers in order to operate without limitations. They will be able to execute the tasks of a skilled worker independently, and to analyze and solve problems on their own.
The German dual vocational training system’s focus on practical skills ensures that its trainees are highly employable. The in-service component of the training is a major part of this. Practical on-the- job training prepares trainees for the specific tasks they will face in their future careers, both in their particular company and in other companies as well.
The result is to improve productivity and competitiveness and fuel innovation.
Success factor: action-oriented training
The success of Germany’s dual vocational training system is built on various pillars. Together with the feature of dual training locations (in school and on-the-job) and the assignment of responsibility to established industry organizations (e.g. Chambers of Commerce and Industry), the principle of action-oriented training is a decisive element of the system.
It is expected that skilled workers will be able to perform tasks on their own, as well as analyzing and solving problems largely on their own.
The purpose of vocational training is to convey practical skills throughout the entire length of the training. To this end, the idea that vocational training should be action-oriented is fully integrated within the German dual vocational training system as a guiding principle, extending from training regulations to the training itself and the final examinations.
Role of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IHKs)
IHKs are institutions of self-administration of the German regional economy. All German companies of industry and trade are obliged to become members in one of the 80 IHKs. Additionally, IHKs are entrusted with tasks of public authority, especially those concerning vocational education and training. In the field of VET, IHKs represent both the interests of the companies as well as on those of the State. IHKs consult and support companies:
- IHKs act as consultants and supervisors for the companies during VET. In continual exchange of information with enterprises, quality requirements of the programs are updated and training regulations can be adjusted.
- Not every company is allowed to provide VET in any profession. Companies, offering VET need to have trainers who fulfill professional as well as personal qualifications. IHKs evaluate whether the trainers are suited and arrange corresponding training courses (training of trainers).
- If a company does not have the resources to realize all steps of the training program, IHKs organize combined training with several enterprises.
- The training contracts are registered in the list of training relationships. IHKs also examine if it is possible to reduce or extend the training period in each particular case.
- IHK training consultants are also in charge of supporting apprentices, i.e. as mediators in case of any differences occurring between the training company and the apprentice.
- IHKs organize the intermediate and final examinations. They set up examination boards which consist of volunteer delegates of entrepreneurs, employees and trainers of VET-schools. About 170,000 volunteer examiners work in approx. 28,000 IHK- examination boards in order to guarantee the practical relevance of the examinations. They ensure need-oriented skilled employees, allow for examinations that are relevant for the economy and, thus strengthen self-administration of the local economy.
- IHKs regulate the admission of apprentices to the examinations and issue the certificates. Exam questions are predominantly created at the national level to ensure that the IHK-certificate is a testimony for successfully completing vocational education and training throughout Germany.
GES and in cooperation with GPCCI, facilitates an in-house training for people who are interested in learning and developing new skills in housekeeping and hospitality industry.
GES Professional Housekeeping Cleaning Course is about teaching the trainees about the modern hygienic techniques in cleaning. As well as the proper and more efficient way in cleaning certain areas of the home and the different materials they will encounter during commencement of the service.
GES Professional Industrial Cleaning Course is about teaching the trainees about the modern hygienic techniques in cleaning. As well as the proper and more efficient way in cleaning certain areas of the commercial and the different materials they will encounter during commencement of the service.