Skills Initiative: Enhancing German-American Cooperation on Workforce Training

The German Embassy in Washington, DC presents the Skills Initiative as one of the cornerstones of its work.

Through the Skills Initiative, the German Embassy is bringing together German and American businesses and local education/training providers with the aim of developing training programs best suited to businesses’ needs. The Embassy launched the Skills Initiative to identify and spread best practices in sustainable workforce development in the USA.

Now the Embassy, through Skills Initiative, is seeking cooperation with federal states, locally convening groups of German companies and bringing them together with training providers so that they can work on the best fit for training programs in their area.

White Paper

The Skills Initiative: Expanding Apprenticeship in the U.S.— Lessons from the German Dual Education System

This white paper was prepared for the German Embassy by Bryan Kamm of AMskills (American Manufacturing Skills Initiative) and Robert Lerman of the Urban Institute. It gives an overview of the German dual training system and of the Skills Initiative.

Beer and Jobs

The German Vocational Training System: An Overview

German vocational training, which seamlessly mixes theory and practice into a system that is ingrained into the socio-economic framework, is recognized the world over as a foundational, highly effective model for producing skilled workers.

Arial view of production facility in South Carolina

Ambassador Wittig: Dual Education - A Competitor to College

"The success of the German apprenticeship model builds on the conviction that it is an equivalent alternative to college education," Ambassador Wittig writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

Chancellor Merkel meeting President Trump

German CEO’s and Apprentices Advocate For Vocational Training at the White House

As part of the business focused first meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump, three CEO’s of German companies and their respective apprentices met with the two leaders to discuss the benefits of the dual system of vocational training.

Trainee in production technology

Wall Street Journal Article Highlights Effort to Bring German Skills Training Model to US

Some companies in America that are finding it difficult to hire and retain qualified industrial workers are looking to the German skills training model for inspiration, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article.