1. What is VETnet?
VETnet stands for German Chambers worldwide network for cooperative work-based Vocational Education and Training and promotes pilot projects in the field of dual vocational training in eleven cooperation countries of the federal government.
2. Who finances VETnet?
The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
3. Who are the partner countries?
The partner countries are on the one hand six European countries, with which the BMBF has vocational education cooperations (Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain), on the other hand five emerging economies (Brazil, China, India, Russia, Thailand).
4. How long is the project?
The first phase of the project covers a period of two years. The project started in October 2013 and will end in September 2015.
5. What is the role of DIHK?
The DIHK coordinates the AHKs that participate in the project and supports the country-specific project by providing expertise in the area of vocational education export.
6. Is this ‘German model’ transferred in a one-to-one fashion?
Each country has different requirements, this applies particularly in the area of vocational training and continuing education. A one-to-one adoption of the ‘German model’ is neither desired nor required. In cooperation with its local partners, VETnet seeks appropriate ways of introducing elements of dual vocational training. These should focus on country-specific requirements.
7. How can I participate in VETnet as a German company?
If you would like to implement projects of dual vocational training alone or together with partners in one of the VETnet countries, you should contact the responsible AHK. There, you will be provided with background information and ways to participate in the projects.
8. Where can I get more information about the project?
For specific information you may contact the respective contact person at the AHKs in the respective countries. The VETnet team in Berlin is also happy to answer any general questions.
9. Does VETnet also provide apprenticeship training positions?
VETnet focuses on supporting local companies – this includes German as well as local businesses. Local, qualified skilled workers are to be trained based on the needs of these companies. The provision of vocational training slots is not planned.
10. To which extent do vocational training activities of the AHKs also take place in non-VETnet countries?
The DIHK, IHKs and AHKs support German companies worldwide in the qualification and training of their workforce. This task is not limited to the VETnet project countries. Vocational training experts at the DIHK and at the majority of the 130 AHK locations worldwide are happy to provide more information and support.