ERIC Number: ED265301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Institutional Background for the Transition from School to Working Life in the FRG. Coombe Lodge Working Paper. Information Bank Number 1881.
The Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) has developed five sets of measures to respond to the problems of the transition from school to working life. These are (1) Arbeitslehre (learning about the world of work); (2) vocational guidance, involving multimedia, open-access vocational information centers and close coordination with the Arbeitslehre program; (3) Berufsvorbereitungsjahr (vocational orientation year); (4) Berufsgrundbildungsjahr (a basic foundation year that is designed to be a first-year training program, which is appropriate for a group of approximately 460 defined trades); and (5) apprenticeships. The traditional (and basic) system of vocational education and training in the FRG is known as the Dual System. Under this system, youths on a training contract or apprenticeship receive appropriate vocational training in a contracting firm and also attend a vocational school one day each week. In addition, each Land in the republic is free to make its own organizational arrangements for the provision of upper secondary education and apprenticeship training. Although apprentice wages are generally low, the system is accepted because of the social and economic status that comes with achieving the Meister certificate, which remains the most valuable and significant qualification available in the manual sector of West German industry. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Staff Coll., Blagdon (England).
Identifiers - Location: West Germany