Federal Minister Altmaier visiting an Indonesian vocational school

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Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, visited the vocational school of the car-maker PT ASTRA International Tbk in Jakarta today during his days at the Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK).

Minister Altmaier said: “For many years now, Indonesia and Germany have been engaged in close and trusting cooperation on vocational training. A good example of this is the training course for car mechatronics fitters, as developed by the bilateral chamber of commerce in Indonesia together with ASTRA’s vocational school. This is a useful way for companies to recruit young skilled workers – and this is equally true of German firms abroad. Our Skills Experts programme is therefore supporting the bilateral chamber in Jakarta in cooperation with the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) as it opens further German-style dual vocational training courses.”

Dr Eric Schweitzer, President of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), said: “Many German companies with branches abroad are urgently trying to find skilled workers who have received dual vocational training. For this reason, numerous German chambers abroad are expanding their portfolio to include services relating to dual vocational training. The standardised range of services offered by our chambers abroad includes advice for companies, the organisation and quality assurance of dual vocational training programmes, and the holding of final examinations.”

Some 500 young people began German-style dual vocational training couses in September 2018 in countries with bilateral German chambers implementing the Skills Experts programme: examples are apparel tailors in Viet Nam, mechatronics fitters in Malaysia, bank clerks in Bosnia-Herzegovina, industrial mechanics in Macedonia, and sales staff in Croatia. The Economic Affairs Ministry started working with the DIHK on funding the deployment of skills experts at seven bilateral chambers around the world in early 2017. They are gradually expanding the range of services offered by the chambers abroad to include dual vocational training, with a view to helping small and medium-sized German firms in particular to train up the skilled workers they need.

The skills experts funded by the Economic Affairs Ministry make an important contribution towards promoting German trade and investment abroad and safeguarding the investments made by German firms. The best platform for this is provided by the chambers and their active, local networks. They form an interface between German firms, companies in the partner countries and national training providers. They draw on the experience and expertise of the German chambers of industry and commerce, which according to the Vocational Training Act are responsible for vocational training in Germany. This close cooperation gives the chambers abroad the possibility to offer needs-based and high-quality vocational training services – in line with the German dual vocational training system.