National Qualifications Frameworks and the Dual Model of Vocational Training in International Cooperation
Edited By Markus Maurer and Philipp Gonon
Bringing together contributions from authors involved in both the theory and practice of vocational skills training development, this volume analyses the challenges that are tied to the transfer of these two dominant models in the context of international cooperation, sheds light on how they are being implemented, and discusses alternatives to the standard approaches to policy transfer.
Development cooperation in the field of vocational education and training – The dual system as a global role model?: Philipp Gonon
Development cooperation in the field of vocational education and training – The dual system as a global role model?
Vocational training in Germany and Switzerland is often internationally known as the “apprenticeship model”, “dual apprenticeship system” or “Dual System”, and it is considered to be the “success model”. It not only provides training possibilities for young people (notably those not willing or capable of acquiring academic qualifications) but is also generally considered to have contributed significantly to economic upswing and the prosperity of these societies (Eichhorst et al. 2012). Currently, it is the low youth unemployment rate of countries with a “Dual System” that is receiving particular attention. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that many other countries are pursuing some kind of model transfer or “policy borrowing” plan; evidenced by their frequent references to the model in discourses on the “modernisation” of their societies or educational systems. For this reason, the notion of the dual apprenticeship system as an “export hit” emerged, not only in Europe and the OECD countries, but also in developing countries, and there have been a number of attempts to introduce this model in various contexts.
However, most observers are sceptical about the results of such export attempts; indeed, they often speak of a general transfer “failure”, for there is no country where such a model has successfully and lastingly been implemented on a large scale and as the main system.
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