Vocational Education and Training in Germany

Demographic development, the globalization of markets, new technologies and new work organization models require new educational policy structures in order to respond to the demand for a qualified workforce.

The German vocational training system, with its combination of classroom and business, theory and practice, learning and working, is recognized worldwide as a basic and highly effective model for vocational training.

The German dual system is also a model for other countries and has long been one of the country’s successful exports and trade and industry sectors’ recipe for success.

This system ensures targeted requirements and support. Training opportunities within businesses are improved by vocational courses and additional qualification opportunities to promote workforce development. 

Investment in the Future, Benefiting All

Company Benefits

  • Ideal tool to build a sustainable workforce
  • Consistent workforce quality
  • Influence on content and organization of training

Employee Benefits

  • Market-relevant, diversified training improving chances in the labor market
  • Acquisition of social skills within the real-life environment of a company

Public Benefits

  • Manufacturing sector remains powerful 
  • Low youth unemployment rate
  • Private contribution eases the burden on public budgets


Project VETnet

Project VETnet was initiated in 2013 and has been promoted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since then. The term stands for German Chambers worldwide network for cooperative work-based Vocational Education and Training and aims to implement dual training elements into the educational systems of selected countries. Since October 2016, the project comprises eleven AHK locations, Atlanta is one of them.

The goal is to create pilot projects for dual educational structures at these locations by 2018, including the training of trainers and examination personnel. The project is managed by the DIHK Service GmbH in close cooperation with the DIHK.


Many countries are affected by high youth unemployment and/or a skills gap in the workforce. In Germany youth unemployment is comparatively low, which is attributed mostly to the dual system of education and its need-based qualification.

This is the reason for a growing interest of other countries in the German system of vocational training and the “job training export” is becoming more and more important politically and economically. The goal is to create and implement possibilities and ways for a dual education according to the German model under consideration of local preconditions and standards. The German Federal Government has agreed upon cooperation with the countries participating in the project. The goal of the VETnet project is to support this collaboration with tangible and specific measures.

Further Information

If you have questions or would like more information regarding the project VETnet please contact the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc. For general questions you can also contact the VETnet Team in Berlin, Germany.

To download our brochure in English please click here. For the German version please click here.



Nicole Heimann

Director, Skills Initiative

Atlanta, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.

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