The German Dual Education System
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany, for the first time awarded a Certificate of Recognition for outstanding achievements to two Indians trained by the unique German Dual Education System. The recipients were a student and an alumni of the Indo-German Training Centre (IGTC).
H.E. Michael Steiner, German Ambassador to India, as the Chief Guest at the 20th Convocation Ceremony of the Indo-German Training Centre (IGTC) on 18th March 2013, handed out the awards to Mr. Ashwin Jayaraman (Topper, IGTC Batch 2011-2013) and Ms. Sushmita Datta, Business Unit Head of High Performance Materials, Lanxess (I) Pvt. Ltd. (IGTC Alumni Batch 2000-2002) on behalf at the BMBF.
BMBF Certificate of Recognition to IGTC Student Ashwin Jayaraman
BMBF Certificate of Recognition to Alumni Sushmita Datta
The German Dual Education System is one of the cornerstones of the successful brand Made in Germany due to which a small nation of only 80 million people is able to be the world champion in exports for six consecutive years.
The system is widely practiced in Germany for over 350 officially-recognized training occupations. It is also adopted in several European countries, notably Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands and France, and for some years now in China, India and other countries in Asia.
Characteristics of the German Dual Education System
Joint Educational Responsibility
- The model fosters joint educational responsibility between the training centre and collaborating companies, which creates the most unique combination and synergy between learning and working. It also leads to a constant modernizing of the curricula and guarantees an up-to-date learning that follows the developments of the economy.
- Theory imparted in the classroom is complimented with hands-on experience at the workplace, so that real-life situations immediately test the effectiveness of classroom theory and vice versa. The system seeks to impart structured knowledge and active competence, in their proper context.
Best Future Perspective
- In choosing the dual system, the student chooses a safe future. 100% of the students receive a job placement immediately after completion of the programme.
Benefits for Students
- The student is an intern of an assigned company right from the beginning of the programme and receives projects and assignments according to his growing abilities.
- The student can also benefit by acquiring the hard skills and soft skills of more experienced co-workers.
- The student develops under real conditions, being a part of live projects in industry. Therefore, he can judge whether he is competent at the job quite early.
Benefits for Collaborating Companies
- The training develops the practical skills of the trainees to meet the company’s specific requirements
- Companies can prevent personnel fluctuation by offering training, since trainees develop strong ties to their company during their training period.
- Companies can review trainees carefully and choose the best ones for permanent employment, thereby reducing the chances of wrong hiring decisions.
- By offering company-specific training, companies can eliminate the costs they would normally have in inducting new employees.