June 8th, 2017

Why Dual VET Works – Characteristics, Benefits and Current Challenges of Vocational Education and Training in Germany

Seminar by Matthias Conrad, University of Konstanz, Germany
Thursday, June 8th, 2017
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Ponderosa Commons (PCOH) 2012

Dual VET has a long-standing history in Germany. It benefits from broad-based public acceptance as well as from the strong involvement of social partners, including professional schools, employers and the government. On average 56% of the German population enters Dual VET and therefore it still represents the “traditional path” from school to work. However, the dual system contributes directly to economic success and also offers multiple opportunities and qualifications for entering higher education.
This talk will provide an overview of Dual VET in Germany and the opportunities it offers. The talk is designed for those unfamiliar with the German VET system. It will serve primarily as an introduction to the subject in order to create a deeper understanding of the system.

Matthias Conrad is a PhD Student and Research Assistant for the Chair of Business and Economics Education at the University of Konstanz, Germany. He holds a Master’s degree in Business and Economics Education, as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Engineering. His research interests focus on the use of computer technology in secondary schools. The Chair of Business and Economics Education at the University of Konstanz is held by Dr. Stephan Schumann who specializes in the modeling and measuring of economic competencies, learning instructions and the transition from school to work.