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Alliance for Initial and Continuing Training 2015 - 2018

March 23, 2015

On 12 December 2014, the Federal Government, leading industry organisations, trade unions, Germany’s state governments and the Federal Employment Agency agreed upon an Alliance for Initial and Continuing Training which supersedes the previous National Pact for Training and Young Skilled Workers ("Training Pact").

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The partners in this new "alliance" want to work together to strengthen vocational training: Each individual who is interested in undergoing vocational training is to be shown a path that can lead him as quickly as possible to formal vocational qualification. In-company vocational training has clear priority in this connection. The Federal Government, trade and industry, unions and Germany’s state governments have committed themselves within the framework of the Alliance to making concrete contributions in order to achieve these aims.

The partners in the Alliance have agreed to be ready to offer up to 10,000 training places for Assisted Vocational Training for the 2015/2016 training year. The Assisted Vocational Training tool will be created for a limited period of time: until the 2018/2019 training year, in other words, for four first-year cohorts. This tool incorporates the experience gained in recent years with various models that provide assistance for trainees and enterprises offering in-house vocational training.

In addition, the circle of young people who can receive training-related assistance has been enlarged. In future, training-related assistance will be available to all young people needing this type of assistance in order to begin and successfully complete a vocational training programme. Training-related assistance provides trainees help with remedying insufficient language skills or educational deficits and with acquiring theoretical knowledge during their in-company vocational training. The Federal Government will provide Assisted Vocational Training and more training-related assistance in future to support on a broader basis young people undergoing in-company vocational training provided through the dual vocational training system. Enterprises can also receive assistance through Assisted Vocational Training. At the initiative of Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Andrea Nahles, the German Bundestag adopted a corresponding amendment on 26 February 2015.

In the coming year, trade and industry will offer 20,000 more training places than the number of training places reported to the Federal Employment Agency in 2014, plus 500,000 internship positions for vocational orientation purposes every year. They have pledged to make three offers for in-company vocational training for each youth who wants to undergo vocational training but has not yet found a training place as of 30 September. Working together with the Federal Government, the state governments will reorganise the transition from school to working life. Upper secondary school level students are also to be provided more information in future about dual vocational training (that combines part-time schooling with practical, in-company training) as an equivalent alternative to university studies. All partners in the Alliance additionally want to take part in a joint campaign that they will use to promote vocational training nationwide.