ERIC Number: ED402512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
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Lessons from German and American Industrial-Education Partnerships.
Theuerkauf, Walter E.; Putnam, A. R.
The search for a work force preparation model that could serve as a guide for meeting present and emerging challenges has lead to a focus on the German dual system youth apprenticeship model. In this system, the practice-oriented part is taken over by commercial enterprises and theoretical knowledge is imparted by vocational schools. The trainee has a double role as an employee under contract to an enterprise and as a compulsory student at a vocational school. The federal government carries responsibility for framing skilled worker training in the enterprises. Current problems of apprenticeship programs are use and cost factors linked to the workplace and changes in the work process that have resulted in a different qualification structure. To improve vocational training against the background of changing job patterns, pilot projects have been introduced. All start from generally accepted key qualifications. Focus now is on the linkage of "learning and value adding" under real conditions. An exemplary project has implemented "decentralized learning" in "learning islands." The learning islands must be a reflection of the workplace structures. A proposed U.S. adaptation would be regional systems of apprenticeships across the nation that evolve out of a local school district, employer-union community, and labor market. Government's role should be to enact supportive legislation for local and regional apprenticeship initiatives as well as provide financial support. (Contains 15 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Germany