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Education and training

p_level2_aus-und-weiterbildung.jpgFor German companies, education and training are among the most important sources of skilled employees. Companies provide training because they want to ensure the supply of skilled employees for tomorrow. In the international comparison, the dual system is the most successful model for the integration of young people in the employment market.

The Chambers of Commerce and Industry support and advise apprentices and employees with all questions relating to education and training. They mediate in the case of problems, determine the suitability of businesses and trainers, register the training contracts, organise examinations and issue certificates.

Around 190,000 volunteer examiners work on more than 30,000 examination committees and ensure the practical relevance of the vocational and further training examinations. They ensure that skilled employees are trained in line with requirements, provide examinations on economics and subjects which are relevant to business and operational requirements and strengthen the autonomy of the regional economy.

The Chambers of Commerce and Industry promote qualified trainers and examiners, encourage businesses to provide apprenticeships, recognise foreign certificates and organise visits abroad for trainees.

The DIHK works on behalf of companies in Berlin and Brussels for favourable conditions for education and training – for example with respect to amendments to the Vocational Training Act. It advises the Chambers of Commerce and Industry on all questions of vocational training, coordinates and makes recommendations, prepares materials, texts and information for instructors and examiners.

The DIHK is involved in the development of training regulations and coordinates the federal government's training initiative in conjunction with trade and industry. As the qualification of skilled employees is becoming increasingly important worldwide, the interest in the dual vocational education system "made in Germany" is growing strongly. The DIHK coordinates the international training work of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry / Chambers of Commerce Abroad organisation and represents it as the first point of contact for education-related institutions at home and abroad.