A dual education system is practiced in several countries, notably Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but also Denmark, the Netherlands and France, and for some years now in China and other countries in Asia. It combines apprenticeships in a company and vocational education at a vocational school in one course.
In the Duales Ausbildungssystem young German people can learn one of 356 (2005) apprenticeship occupations (Ausbildungsberufe), such as e.g. Doctor’s Assistant, Dispensing Optician or Oven Builder. The precise skills and theory taught are strictly regulated and defined by national standards: An Industriekaufmann (Industrial Manager) has always acquired the same skills and taken the same courses in production planning, accounting and controlling, marketing, HR management, trade laws, etc.
Why Dual System?
The Introduction of a dual certificate program means to avail graduates competence beyond regional Vocational Educational Institute, better job placement prospects and a sense of professional pride.
To promote international accountability of standardization of qualification in that graduates can easily be placed in jobs world wide.
- To avail applicants an opportunity of proof of international (EU) standards in their qualifications. This element of “added value” is attainable through definite procedures;
- Identification of gaps in the “in-service curriculum” in participating local Vocational Training Institute in order to come up with value adding elements from the EU best practices
- Drafting of missing components of compared specified areas of study with EU in service Curriculums
- Provision of the missing elements to students by the way of practical and theoretical requirements to be effected.
- Extensive support to applicants in order to enable them to pass theoretical and practical exams
- Major “value adding” module profiles to be reflected in addition to the in-service syllabus, a common advantage to the applicant ,the local institute and their eu partner training Institutes