Dual Vocational Training

The project objectives, entirely conforming to the Maastricht Declaration, the Lisbon Strategy and other EU strategies and national policies, can be summed up as follows:
a) implementation of extensive and high-quality trainings for future entrepreneurs and managerial staff in the form of dual Bachelor degree courses;
b) improving the quality and attractiveness of vocational education by way of increasing the quality, extending the practical component of training and international exchange;
c) increasing the mobility in the course of training and improving international competences;
d) contribution to supporting SMEs by providing qualified entrepreneurs as well as managerial and specialist staff, and also by promoting the development of international operations;
e) promoting regional and international cooperation among the universities, educational institutions, chambers and SMEs, as well as establishing the Baltic Sea Academy to promote a long-term cooperation

The universities, chambers and educational institutions directly participating in the project as partners were involved in transfer and implementation activities. Likewise, the international exchange of participants was organised by the chambers, universities and educational institutions in collaboration with SMEs which function as training partners within the dual system. In the process of developing their non-economic operations, as prepared and initiated by the international exchange of participants within the project, the enterprises were advised by the participating chambers. The chambers further guaranteed that SMEs were directly and intensely involved in all transfer and implementation activities.

It is a professed goal of the EU policy and other national policies to sustainably support international activities of SMEs, to enhance the qualifications of workers and increase their mobility. The SMEs have considerable growth reserves with respect to their international operations, e.g. the export share of German and Polish craft sector remains below 4%. International knowledge and experience of specialist staff and higher mobility are crucial prerequisites for taking advantage of international growth possibilities of SMEs and for ensuring high employment. In this respect, the project makes a significant contribution to increasing the mobility and promoting the international character of SMEs.

The target groups of the project were as follows:
a) young people entitled to study at higher schools; upon completion of dual Bachelor degree courses, they are excellently educated to take up permanent work at SMEs or as self-employed entrepreneurs;
b) people undergoing vocational training; upon increasing the quality and much more practice-oriented education, they acquire excellent competences and gain international experience;
c) students who wish to gain practical experience in SMEs and international experience;
d) SMEs participating in these dual study courses may, in this way, satisfy their demand for qualified staff and develop their international operations

The effects of the project on the above target groups are obvious. The participants (target groups a) - c)) acquire excellent competences; they improve their skills and chances on the labour market. This is an important contribution to overcoming the problem of shortage of new blood in SMEs. The participating SMEs (target group d)) can take advantage of their growth possibilities, protect the existing jobs and create new ones.

Mehr Informationen on the project-website: www.dual-training.eu