Indianapolis is one of six U.S. cities to take part in a German Embassy program. Next week's Skills Initiative Road Show will spotlight the German style of dual vocational training.

November 15, 2013

News Release

The German Embassy in Washington, DC, in cooperation with the American Council on Germany (ACG) will hit the road to introduce the German style dual vocational training system to six US cities. This is part of the Skills Initiative, which was introduced by Ambassador Peter Ammon in 2012.

This Indianapolis event of the Road Show is open to the press:

Monday, November 18, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Roundtable Discussion at Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center

Penthouse, 2820 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Presentation at Warren Central High- School,

9500 E 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46229

Background on the Skills Initiative Road Show

The Skills Road Show adds to the Skills Initiative's past events and is designed to illustrate the German model of vocational training by bringing its three main stakeholders to the stage: the trainee, the company’s trainer, and the educator from the vocational school. In Germany, the private and public sectors share responsibility for workforce training.

Under the dual system of vocational education and training, trainees split their time between on-the-job training and in-classroom education. The private and public sectors work hand in hand to develop a coherent curriculum and provide optimal training facilities – always bearing in mind the real-world requirements of business. The result is a workforce that is well qualified to succeed.

From November 13-20, an Embassy team will drive from city to city, state to state, while meeting with a diverse group of people, all of whom are interested in learning about the Skills Initiative.

The Embassy team will be joined by three veterans of dual training programs. Norbert Fuhrmann, a teacher from Germany, Josh Moon, a trainer from US-based German chainsaw manufacturer Stihl Inc. USA of Virginia, and his trainee, Daniel Swartzel will participate in the events and share their own experiences with skills training.

The Road Show team will start out in Atlanta with a round table discussion at the German American Chamber of Commerce. The team will then meet with high school students who are interested in the German style dual training program. Charlotte, North Carolina will be the next stop, and the team will continue heading north from there towards Arlington, VA, Indianapolis, IN and Pittsburgh, PA. By November 20, the team will make it to Newark, NJ.

Source: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

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