Is it still possible to support and advise SMEs on the topic of internships abroad during pandemic times? Yes, it is! But only with a willingness to try something new and create online formats that make learning experiences during the vocational education and training abroad accessible. To this end, the Training without Borders Network (TWB) recently invited international partners to an online "Partner Day" on 17 November. More than 200 participants (including 50 mobility coaches) discussed current vocational training issues. A positive signal was sent at the end of the event: Even though usual internships cannot be realized due to travel restrictions and other challenges, the TWB-network is flexible and adapts to the circumstances.
On this page you find a summary of the event’s program
Elke Büdenbender, Spouse of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany
Pauline von Katte, TWB Project Manager
Joao Santos, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Unit E3, Vocational training, Apprenticeships and Adult learning
Kerstin Stromberg-Mallmann, Presenter of TWB Partner-Day 2020
Rebecca Hof, Mobility Coach, Düsseldorf Chamber of Skilled Crafts
Susanne Boy and Anne Wiedemann, Mobility Coaches, Berlin Chamber of Skilled Crafts
Marion Wende, Service Formations, Project Manager École Entreprise, German-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Boris Petschulat, Director VIIB, Crafts; commercial law and business promotion; education policy; liberal professions, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy
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.
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?
Dr. Yulia Kozyrakis, Project Manager, Joachim-Herz-Stiftung
Cornelie Krehenbrink, Project Manager, Joachim-Herz-Stiftung
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?
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.
Charlotte Schneiders, Mobility Coach, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Saarland
Francesca Venturella, Mobility Coach, Chamber of Skilled Crafts, Pfalz
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?
Dr. Eszter Csepe-Bannert, Founder & Managing Director, CorEdu
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?
Andreas Hartwig, Diversity Trainer and Founder, living diversity
Jana-Madeline Staupe, Mobility Coach, Dortmund Chamber of Skilled Crafts
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.
Simon Schnetzer, Youth-Researcher, Speaker, Trainer
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.