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16 DIDACTA AND PARTNERS | BIBB In high demand: German VET internationally S killed labour is the most important resource for a country’s economic and social well-being. Ger- many’s initial and continuing vocational training system provides training which aims at strength- ening the economy and fostering the socio-eco- nomic integration, especially of young people. Vocational education and training (VET) improves the employability of individuals and is a decisive element in their personal de- velopment. More and more countries are overhauling their vocational education and training systems with these two objectives in mind. Where there is a lack of skilled workers and middle management employees, the dual system of VET offers an option for reforms towards work-based learning and employability. German vocational training has an excellent reputation abroad which is well-founded. The quality of the skilled labour enhances the competitive edge of goods and services from Germany. The Federal Institute for Voca- tional Education and Training (BIBB) offers a wide range of information and advisory services on the German vocational training system and its singular characteristics. The key feature of German VET is the dual system which combines part-time vocational schooling with practical work experience. A number of other features are closely related to this model: close collaboration between govern- ment and the private sector, learning within the framework of the work process combining theory and work-based learning, the participation of employers’ organisations and trade unions (social partners) which results in a general acceptance of national standards in VET, the qualification of vocational training personnel, and institutionalised research on VET as well as guidance and advisory services. Thus, the German vocational training system offers compel- ling properties and capacities when it comes to modern- ising VET systems in partner countries. A national VET system cannot be “imported” or “exported” on an one-to- one basis. Customized solutions must be developed in a joint partnership to fit the specific needs and conditions. Projects must be implemented together and in accordance with national strategies. Relevant stakeholders need to take ownership so that results can be established firmly and sustainably. Expert dialogue at the Arab-German Education and Vocational Training Forum

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