South Africa to follow ‘German system’ of worker training: Minister
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said his department has entered into a partnership with the German government that will see South Africa adopt a “ modern, high quality and agile ” for vocational training.
Presenting his department’s budget vote this week, Nzimande said the move will help South Africa build a system aligned with its needs in the 21st century.
“Such skills development will be based on a learning-based higher education system, similar to the dual system in Germany,” he said.
“This project will see more of our young people absorbed into the workplace, while acquiring the required technical skills, in a meaningful partnership between the PSET system and industry.
Nzimande said the department has also developed a new skills strategy to support government efforts to mitigate the impact of Covid -19 and economic and social recovery initiatives.
“In this we are guided by the list of rare and in-demand skills that I released last year,” he said.
He added that the skills strategy will create a balance between the short and long term skills needs of the country and ensure that the skills system is strengthened with its implementation.
“This strategy will target groups seeking employment; those who are employed and in need of upgrading / re-qualification programs; and those who will choose careers in occupations where there are skill shortages. “
How the German system works
According to a German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), a number of other countries are also considering copying the country’s dual education system, where more than half of German students attend vocational and educational (VET) programs as an entry route to work.
Students have the opportunity to choose from 326 professional trades that include diamond cutters, aircraft mechanics and even chimney sweeps.
Apprenticeships are standardized across the country – every product designer should study the same textbooks and be familiar with the same design tools – so job prospects don’t vary much from college or company to company. the other. Most join their training company after three years of low-paid work and study.
“The basic idea is duality,” said Ralf Hermann, head of the German Bureau for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training (GOVET). “It means integrating school-based learning with workplace practice.”
“Part of the economic stability in Germany is due to the fundamentals of VET, in that we produce a workforce ready for the labor markets,” he said.
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