Skills Initiative: Enhancing German-American Cooperation on Workforce Training

Ambassador Peter Ammon Enlarge image Ambassador Peter Ammon “The Skills Initiative is a win-win idea. Everyone benefits. German-American cooperation in workforce skills development will provide opportunities in local communities across the USA for good jobs, quality training and businesses that succeed in the US and global markets.”

The German Embassy in Washington, DC presents the Skills Initiative as one of the cornerstones of its work for 2012 and 2013.

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.

Skills Roadshow

The Skills Initiative Team hit the road in early November to spread the message about the German apprenticeship system and it's impacts here in the US. The team visited high schools, community colleges and chambers of commerce, hosting panel discussion and doing presentations along the way. The team had a great time introducing the dual training system to their audiences, and are looking forward to more opportunities to spread the word about the Skills Initiative!

Skills Initiative

Has the Skills Initiative Visited Your State?

Skills Initiative events have taken place all along the East Coast and Midwest, and more states are soon to follow.  Dozens of companies have participated in talks with colleges and community respresentatives in participation with the German Embassy.

Photos of Skills Initiative Events Across the USA

Skills Initiative in Ohio

Skills Initiative in Ohio

Skills Initiative in Ohio

Skills Initiative in Ohio

Skills Initiative in DC

Skills Initiative in DC

Skills Initiative in DC

Skills Initiative in DC

Skills Initiative in DC

Skills Initiative in DC

Skills Initiative in DC

Skills Initiative in DC

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Ambassador Ammon's Skills Initiative Presentation

Ambassador Ammon spoke to the Business Roundtable on March 19 about the embassy’s Skills Initiative, aimed at spreading best practice in work force training in the US.

Welder at WorldSkills

Skills Initiative By The Numbers

The following English and Spanish language brochures will give you an overview of the Skills Initiative and why closing the skills gap is so important.

Siemens' Charlotte plant

Skilled Labor in the US and Germany: Training to Work, Working to Train

The type of dual-track training that mixes equal parts education and work, which essentially cast the skilled-labor standard in Germany many years ago, is catching on among certain community colleges and firms in America. And thus far the import is faring well.

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.

Training to Work

Skills Initiative

Secretary Penny Pritzker Praises Skills Initiative

Commerce Department logo

“In addition, the Commerce Department is proud to voice our support for the German Embassy’s Skills Initiative. I am thrilled that the Embassy is leading a campaign across the United States to show local chambers and educational institutions the benefits of Germany’s innovative training models," said Secretary Pritzker in Spartanburg.

Skills Initiative Road Show

Skills Road

The Skills Initiative hit the road in November for a tour across six states. The Embassy team participated in roundtable discussions about skills training and introduced the German dual training model. The team also met with young people who have interest in participating in skills training programs.

Radio Interview about the Skills Initiative

Our Skills Road Show team made a trip to Pittsburgh in November 2013 and did a radion interview with WKQV. Take a listen here!

Dual Training in Germany

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Dual Training in Germany

RGIT Vocational Education and Training in Germany

German Foreign Chamber of Commerce (c) ahk

The Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) has a wealth of information about the German system of vocational education and training.

German American Chambers of Commerce

German American Chambers of Commerce

With a network of six offices and 2,500 member companies throughout the United States and Germany, the German American Chambers of Commerce offer a broad spectrum of activities and services.