Dual Vocational Education and Training (dVET) has been an integral part of the education system in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Switzerland for many years. The four countries also introduce elements of dual VET into their development cooperation in order to contribute to improving social and economic development. Harnessing their institutional expertise and longstanding experience, the four countries founded a committee. To orchestrate the donor committee’s activities, they have set up a secretariat, which is managed by Swisscontact (Lead), INBAS GmbH, KEK-CDC Consultants and L&R Social Research.
The donor committee focuses its work on networking and provides thematic support for programmes of its member organisations and partners. Recently, the DC dVET conducted a series of webinars about key questions within dVET. Recordings of the webinars are available to view here. Hereafter, we provide a summary of their contents:
Key Elements of Dual VET in International Development Cooperation
In April, DC dVET held the first of a series of webinars about key elements of dual VET in development cooperation. The presenter Franz Kehl is an expert member of the DC dVET secretariat and managing director of KEK CDC Consultants. He explained the core of dual VET to around 50 participants, including DC dVET members and implementing agencies.
Financing of (dual) VET
VET financing has a high influence on VET efficiency and effectiveness. Dr Gunnar Specht, PLANCO Consulting GmbH, explained why VET is more expensive than other forms of training and illustrated the ways that businesses could participate in VET financing. He shared some fund allocation models that show how the training costs can be funded and made more sustainable.
Cost-Benefit Analyses for Companies in (dual) VET
For companies, common reasoning for not taking on apprentices is often a lack of time and resources available to train them. However, companies often find that the benefit of a trained apprentice outweighs any potential costs when reviewed in a costs and benefits analysis. Prof. Dr. Stefan C. Wolter, University of Bern, discussed the costs and benefits of apprenticeship training and how dual VET influences companies’ hiring and training costs in his presentation.