On occasion, we host qualification programs for vocational school teachers, organizational leaders and entrepreneurs from small and medium-sized companies. These programs are tailored specifically to the needs of each group and usually take place under sister city agreements, as these provide a framework for volunteer support. These qualification programs to not follow any set rules. They depend on the situation in the source region as well as the level and specific needs of participants. Teachers, in particular, are also acquainted with the German vocational training program. Often, the opportunity to sit in on classes and a conversation about their experience is enough to give the guests useful ideas for their own classroom – many smaller improvements do not require large-scale restructuring. Seeing things from a new perspective and gaining some new impulses is frequently sufficient.
Qualification projects are very well suited as entry-level projects to prepare for long-term collaboration in the field of vocational training. They reveal any potential incompatibilities between partners and show whether further collaboration is conceivable. Usually, additional questions arise from the flood of first impressions and interests become more focused. This allows us to better determine the needs and address them in a more targeted manner.
Qualification Program for Vocational School Teachers:
Qualification Project Pforzheim-Irkutsk (Russia)
In the fall of 2014, Pforzheim received visitors from its partner city Irkutsk. The vocational training system in Germany with its unique facets and, in particular, cabinetmaker and carpenter training were the subject of a week full of new impressions and experiences for two experienced Russian teachers.
Qualification Project Kassel-Yaroslavl (Russia)
Kassel and Yaroslavl have been partner cities since 1988. In 2015, the Eberhard-Schöck-Stiftung began to assist the sister cities with vocational training projects in the trades. In spring of 2015, four teachers from Jaroslawl were able to spend two weeks acquainting themselves with the German system of vocational training. Several educational institutions in Kassel participated in this seminar.
In the meantime, the Oskar-von-Miller-Schule in Kassel and the College for Urban Planning in Jaroslawl have begun to collaborate in the field of mechanical engineering for plumbing, heating and cooling technology.