ERIC Number: ED230668
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Training in the GDR.
Panorama DDR, 1-X-11/6.5
Vocational training forms part of the integrated educational system in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). About 85 percent of young people attend vocational training courses after completion of 10-year general schooling. Skilled worker training is offered in 291 trades with opportunities for specialization in 500 fields. In 98 trades, apprenticeship courses lead to skilled workers qualification and university entrance level. Other options are available for youth leaving the general comprehensive school before completion of the eighth grade. Apprentices are guaranteed training in another trade or job if their contracts are prematurely terminated, receive monthly allowances, may use all cultural and social facilities of enterprises, and receive free medical care. Vocational training comprises theoretical and practical instruction, the relationship being roughly 30:70. It consists of general and basic vocational training (60 percent) and vocational specialization (40 percent). In all regions of East Germany and in all sectors of the national economy a network of vocational training facilities exists, such as vocational schools run by enterprises, municipal vocational schools, and workshops. An extensive system of occupational information, orientation, and guidance beginning in the lower grades helps young people choose an appropriate trade--one that interests them and that has openings for apprentices. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Panorama DDR, Berlin (East Germany).
Identifiers - Location: East Germany