Online Partner-Day Training without Borders

Next Generation Mobility in VET: New pathways to work experiences abroad. 2020, November 17th

 

Sending apprentices abroad during a worldwide coronavirus pandemic? Not that easy this year. Many SMEs had to take a break from offering international work stays as part of their vocational education and training (VET) program. Nevertheless, the willingness to provide mobility in VET did not decrease. Contrariwise! The Training without Borders Network is still working closely with companies around Germany to realize international experience in changing times. As a result the Training without Borders Coaches as well as their worldwide partners started to create new, digital mobility formats, which will help to keep providing pathways to work experiences abroad and to prepare apprentices as well as recent graduates to work in a globalized economy.

“Next Generation Mobility in VET: New pathways to work experiences abroad” was also the topic of this year‘s international Training without Borders (TWB) Partner-Day. With more than 200 participants (including 50 mobility coaches), the international TWB-Network got together within an online event and discussed current challenges in the field of cross-country mobility in VET. During the workshops, lectures and speeches a lot of good ideas and visions were shared to get ready for further mobility projects in 2021.

To see the results of the event please scroll through this page and get inspired! If you have further questions, please contact our mobility coaches, who you find on the landing-page of this website.

OPENING PROGRAM

Official Opening

Elke Büdenbender, Spouse of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany

Main Take-aways

     

  • Education is critical for young people to get confident,especially in foreign countries.
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  • It is usual for students to go abroad for years, but this is not the case for many apprentices. The Training without Borders Network helps to raise awareness and to support cross-border mobility in VET.
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  • The online Training without Borders Partner-Day is an excellent platform to discuss the future of VET in foreign countries, as well as to create new ideas and form common goals between the countries.
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Introduction to Training without Borders-Network (TWB)

Pauline von Katte, TWB Project Manager

Main Take-away

     

  • The mobility coaches of Training without Borders support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) with face-to-face advice on planning, carrying out, and evaluating stays abroad in VET. Our coaches are located throughout Germany in over 50 chambers of craft and chambers of commerce and industry. The program is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy until the end of 2023.
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Keynote

Joao Santos, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Unit E3, Vocational training, Apprenticeships and Adult learning

Main Take-aways

     

  • One part of the strategic vision of the European Commission is to modernize VET through internationalization. To ensure people are better prepared to handle life- and work-related transitions. It is the basis of the prosperity of the EU.
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  • VET abroad is not only a benefit for apprentices, but also for trainers. It helps to improve the educational systems by exchanging ideas.
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  • 75% of the internship programs last shorter than one month. It is a problem because studies showed that the learning experience depends on the length of the internship. It is crucial to motivate people and companies to do longer internships than just one month. 
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Moderation

Kerstin Stromberg-Mallmann, Presenter of TWB Partner-Day 2020

TRAINING WITHOUT BORDERS: Who we are

Insights into best practices, ongoing activities, and ideas to implement worldwide work experience in SMEs

Group Mobilities for Apprentices in Norway

Daniela Petrenz, Mobility Coach, Braunschweig-Lüneburg-Stade Chamber of Skilled Crafts

Here you can find the Pecha-Kucha Presentation: Klick.

TWB Best Practice: Going North- Tandem Tours to Sweden

Jana Böse, Mobility Coach, Potsdam Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Here you can find the Pecha-Kucha Presentation: Klick.

TWB Best Practice: Spanish-German mobility for apprentice bakers and confectionery makers

Rebecca Hof, Mobility Coach, Düsseldorf Chamber of Skilled Crafts

Please find the Video below.

Here you can find the Pecha-Kucha Presentation:

TWB Best Practice: International Experiences in a different way: Trainee encounter-projects (e.g. Israel and France)

Susanne Boy and Anne Wiedemann, Mobility Coaches, Berlin Chamber of Skilled Crafts

Please find the Video below.

Here you can find the Pecha-Kucha Presentation:

IMPULSE LECTURE

Exciting Generation Z online - limits, hacks, solutions

Simon Schnetzer, Youth-Researcher, Speaker, Trainer

Main Take-aways

     

  • Young people of “Generation Z” (GenZ) spend most of their time in front of screens. Most of their social life is online.
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  • What makes GenZ different?
    • They expect a lot of feedback instantly, like they are used to get on Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, etc.
    • They take it hard to make decisions because they are grown up with Google, which always gives them tons of options
    • Fun is their primary motivation
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  • How to motivate GenZ?
    • Communicate with them in Storytelling-Formats
    • Get their attention through analyzing their needs and respond to their needs
    • Allow them to participate in the process so that they create solutions
    • Give them, in the end, a lot of appreciation, which raises fun
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PRESENTATIONS

École Entreprise, plate-forme franco-allemande

Marion Wende, Service Formations, Project Manager École Entreprise, German-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Main Take-aways

Platform École Entreprise (German Version)

     

  • The main goal is to establish cooperation between German and French companies and schools as well as students
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  • The target groups are students/apprentices, companies, and schools
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  • Young people can search for internships in France/ Germany and can upload their CV
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  • Companies can publish events, internships and create cooperation with schools
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  • Schools can establish partnerships with companies, publish events and inform about their German French-programs
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CLOSING

Closing-Talk

Boris Petschulat, Director VIIB, Crafts; commercial law and business promotion; education policy; liberal professions, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

Main Take-aways

     

  • One of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy's main goals is to strengthen the innovativeness and competitiveness of SMEs. Internationalization of internships during vocational education and training (VET) plays an essential role in achieving it.
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  • The common goal is to strengthen VET and to promote it as something equal to studying. 
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  • Apprentices should have the same chance to go abroad as students 
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  • Training abroad helps apprentices as well as recent graduates to gain international / intercultural experiences; to learn foreign languages
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  • Offering work stays abroad helps companies to be more attractive to new employees.
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WORKSHOPS

Erasmus+ Spirit in Europe

Kristin Wilkens, Project Referent, Team Mobility, Internationalisation of Vocational Education and Training

Theresa Mayerhöffer, Erasmus+ Project Officer, Team Mobility, Internationalisation of Vocational Education and Training National Agency Education for Europe at the German Federal Institute für Vocational Education and Training

Here you can find the main Takeaways: Klick.

Key Questions:

1.    Beyond the crisis: chances for individual and institutional development in VET

2.    Mobilities during Covid-19 pandemic: What are the needs of organisations and participants?

3.    How to maintain and foster the resilience of international partnerships: Which support is delivered by the Erasmus+programme?

Focus USA

Speakers:

Dr. Yulia Kozyrakis, Project Manager, Joachim-Herz-Stiftung
Cornelie Krehenbrink, Project Manager, Joachim-Herz-Stiftung

Key Questions:

1. How can virtual tools enhance the international exchange of apprentices and young professionals in times of travel restrictions, and which virtual formats could best supplement regular programs?

2. How can we reach U.S. colleges and schools which might be interested in establishing partnerships with German vocational schools and colleges?

3. What can be done on state level to provide funding for U.S.-German exchange programs in the vocational education sector in order to enable more partnerships and exchanges?
 

About Joachim-Herz-Stiftung:

The Joachim Herz Foundation offers an internship program for trainees (Azubis: German apprentices) who want to gain on-the-job experience in the United States.

"Azubis Go USA" promotes international mobility as well as intercultural and professional exchange. It fosters cooperation and advances the personal and professional development of the trainees and participating companies. The internship program started in 2014 and is organized in collaboration with the Bavarian Ministry of Education and the GACC (German American Chamber of Commerce) South.

Building on the founder's and the Foundation's long-standing ties to the state of Georgia, the Joachim Herz Foundation and its partners are looking for companies and nonprofit organizations from different industries in Georgia that are willing to accept an intern for two months.

Find out more

Focus France

Speakers:

Charlotte Schneiders, Mobility Coach, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Saarland
Francesca Venturella, Mobility Coach, Chamber of Skilled Crafts, Pfalz

Here you can find the Main-takeaways: Klick.

Description & Key Questions:

1.    Spotlight: Current key questions to realize German-French mobility projects

2.    Which key challenges do we face? Is there a gap between political will and operational implementation?

3.    What solutions are needed to make cross-border mobility more attractive?

4.    What can we do right now?

Focus Eastern Europe and Baltic Region

Speaker:

Dr. Eszter Csepe-Bannert, Founder & Managing Director, CorEdu

Key Questions:

1.    How can we boost Mobility Projects within Germany and Eastern Europe/Baltic Regions?

2.    Which key challenges do we face regarding the realization of mobility projects within these regions?

3.    What can we do right now? What can each one do to foster partnerships and to support mobility projects?

Strong Partnerships within a global (online) Community

Speakers:

Andreas Hartwig, Diversity Trainer and Founder, living diversity

Jana-Madeline Staupe, Mobility Coach, Dortmund Chamber of Skilled Crafts

Key Questions:

1.    Global partners, global challenges to avoid miscommunications?

2.    Different cultures online: How to deal with different communication patterns?

3.    Ready to really listen to your partners?
 

About Andreas Hartwig:

Andreas is the founder of living diversity. He is a certified diversity trainer and has been working in this field for over 15 years. He organized e. g. 2004 the “Black Community Weeks“ founded Germany’s first Black Business Club and is involved in empowerment and community building. After studying American and Latin American studies, he founded the advertising agency “Happy Graphics” in Berlin in 1999, which he continued until 2006. During this time, he starts teaching as a lecturer in marketing. As of 2006, the professional focus was increasing towards diversity. He is a lecturer at various universities, trains diversity managers and diversity trainers, and supports companies and organizations dealing with diversity.

Find out more (German Language Website)

Exciting GenZ online - limits, hacks, solutions

Speaker:

Simon Schnetzer, Youth-Researcher, Speaker, Trainer

Here you can find the main Takeaways: Klick.

Description & Key Questions:

Innovation sprint with Simon Schnetzer, Youth Researcher: finding solutions to overcome the digital dilemma

1.    How can we design virtual exchanges that attract and motivate Generation Z?

2.    What are the limitations and challenges regarding virtual exchanges? 
 

About Simon Schnetzer:

Simon Schnetzer is considered one of Europe’s leading youth researchers and experts on generation Z, generation Alpha, and intergenerational understanding. He’s the author of numerous national and international youth surveys, the most prominent being „Young Germans.“ Since 2010, the trained-economist-turned-freestyle-youth-researcher cycles and couch-surfs across Germany to deep-dive into the digital and real lives of Generation Y, Z, and Alpha.

The one big question that inspires and guides Simon in all his work:
What is the impact of digitization on young people’s private and working lives, and how can we co-create our future?

Simon inspires his audience and participants in keynotes, future workshops, and creative formats like innovation sprints. These sprints help to see and use the chances of intergenerational differences and digitization. He lives and works in the Bavarian Alps foothills, where he runs a coworking space called Gründervilla, celebrates ideas, and has incubated a vibrant startup-scene.

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