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11 Introduction Within the 27 states of the European Union, there are 27 different ways to become qualified in the field of foreign trade on different levels: e.g. in Germany, the vocational training is embedded in the Dual System whereas in Great Britain it is mostly included in a system of further education for qualified merchants. Those differences make it difficult for trainees to spend time abroad during their vocational training since it is not clearly recognizable what can be learned abroad and how this relates to the vocational training in the home country. Applicants in this field encounter similar problems: applying for a job in a European country which is not their home country is fairly difficult since some of the competences obtained cannot be related to the requirements of the target country. There is a lack of transparency and comparability within Europe. This is where TRIFT (a Leonardo-da-Vinci-Transfer of Innovation- Project) starts: a Transfer of Innovation Project within the programme Leonardo da Vinci 2010–2012. On the methodical basis of VQTS (Vocational Qualifications Transfer System), partners have developed a competence matrix for the field of foreign trade which allows comparability and transparency of working processes in the field of foreign trade (see chap. 1). Within the competence matrix, competence profiles can be developed for individuals, companies’ needs or even Vocational Education and Training (VET) Programmes by putting together different competences within different competence areas and on different competence development steps at this competence matrix (see chap. 2). The...
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