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Creating prospects together

Good training for all: GOVET, the central point of contact for international vocational education cooperation, provides information and networking.

Christina Iglhaut, 23.11.2022
Global cooperation: this is how GOVET aims to combat the shortage of skilled workers.
Global cooperation: this is how GOVET aims to combat the shortage of skilled wor © Jacob Ammentorp Lund

The dual training system in Germany has been attracting worldwide interest for many years. There is great demand for collaborations in German vocational training. The Federal Government set up a central point of contact for international vocational education collaboration to strengthen vocational education internationally and address the shortage of specialists. Its name: GOVET.

What is GOVET?

How does vocational education work in Germany? Who is involved? How do I find the right cooperation partner? And what are the essential elements of the dual training system? You can receive answers to all these questions at the German Office for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training (GOVET) at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB). It is a point of contact for interested parties seeking opportunities for collaboration in international vocational education cooperation. Staff members from BIBB, GIZ and the Federal Foreign Office work with GOVET.

What responsibilities does GOVET have and which goals does it pursue?

Working in a number of different languages, GOVET offers information about the German vocational education system, networks German and international actors and provides an overview of potential partners for cooperation in vocational education. GOVET is also the executive office for the Round Table for International Vocational Education and Training Cooperation, which regularly meets at the state secretary, ministerial and working level and pools competences. Bilateral collaborations of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) also receive expert support from GOVET – there are currently partnerships with five EU and ten non-EU countries.

It aims to realise the Federal Government strategy on international vocational education cooperation. Although vocational education systems around the world differ strongly, there are many common issues: how do businesses and administrations respond to the challenges that confront vocational education? What solutions are there to counter the growing shortage of skilled workers? How can you keep pace with digitalisation? GOVET offers advice, a network and a platform and wants to use it to create better prospects worldwide.

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How can I obtain more information?

You will find information about over 100 countries’ vocational education cooperation with Germany on the BIBB-GOVET country portal. The project database enables you to carry out targeted searches for vocational education projects all over the world. On the GOVET website you will also find important offers and publications on vocational education cooperation abroad that can also be used in work with refugees.

You can find more information and background reports on education and studying in Germany here.