Skills Initiative: Enhancing German-American Cooperation on Workforce Training
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.
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 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.
Skills Initiative in Ohio
Skills Initiative in Ohio
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.
Skills Initiative Presentation [pdf, 891.99k]
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.
English and Spanish Brochures
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.
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.
Dual System of Vocational Training