Technical Training: What is the secret to Germany's success?

Germany is considered to be a leader in vocational education. Here's why students in Germany are still eager to pursue technical training in a digital world.

Technical skills have become unfashionable in the digital age, but skilled tradesmen and women are critical to the success of any economy.

In South Africa technical skills shortages are a major challenge. Despite the government's efforts to promote vocational training the majority of students still pursue university degrees.

This is true for many countries around the world. However Germany has managed to maintain a balance between technical and academic training. So what is their secret?

According to the video 'Dual VET - Vocational Education and Training in Germany' the reason why Germany continues to thrive economically is largely due to its dual training system.

Dual VET system

“The system is so called because young people are trained in a two track system after they have finished school.”

In this training model students complete 70% of their training in a company or sector that relates to their coursework.

This means that only 30% of training time is spent at a vocational school.

In this system the companies and vocational institutions work together to ensure that the training is relevant to the industry.

Better Employment Prospects

“ Since they are training, employers themselves are able to ensure that they always have enough skilled workers at hand.”

In addition employers can adapt the training programme to incorporate the company's specific needs.

More than 400 000 training companies participate in the system and around two thirds of them take on their trainees at the end.”

Students who complete their training are therefore more likely to find permanent employment because they have in fact been trained by their future employers.

Because employment levels in the artisan industry are high, school leavers are motivated to pursue a career in one of these fields.