Russia was one of the first partner countries of the Eberhard-Schöck-Stiftung. Here, our activities span everything from qualification projects to a large model project to numerous exchange projects. Many partnerships that have grown deeper over the years ensure the vitality of our projects. These projects are firmly embedded in official structures to ensure their sustainability and everything we have attained in Russia to date stands on solid ground. At the same time, new contacts and partnerships enrich our work in and with Russia.
Vocational School Exchange Program Augsburg (Germany) – Yekaterinburg (Russia)
The first vocational school exchange program for plant mechanics with a specialization in HVAC and sanitary engineering between the German city of Augsburg and the College for Technology and Entrepreneurship took place in 2017. This partnership is supported by the State Vocational College 1 in Augsburg. The two schools first made contact during the “project foundry” organized by the DRJA Foundation. The plan is to host an exchange every 2-3 years.
Vocational School Exchange Program Kassel (Germany) – Yaroslavl (Russia)
In 2017, a teacher qualification and vocational school exchange program for plant mechanics in the field of HVAC and sanitary engineering was added to the existing town twinning program between Kassel and Yaroslavl. The programs are sponsored by the College for Urban Planning in Yaroslavl and the Oskar-von-Miller School. In addition to providing a forum for the exchange of know-how, the project explores a new style of learning. The Russian participants in particular have commented on the tremendous added value this provides.
Vocational School Exchange Program Neustadt/Aisch (Germany) – Yekaterinburg (Russia)
With a vocational school exchange program for automotive mechatronics technicians, we are leaving the realm of the construction trades. We believe that providing the experience of a forum for the exchange of know-how in this important profession to be so valuable that we are happy to support this partnership. The first bidirectional exchange occurred in 2018 and all involved agreed that this program needs to continue. The program is sponsored by the State Vocational College Neustadt/Aisch and Bad Winsheim and the Yekaterinburg College for Technology and Entrepreneurship.
Model Project in Jekaterinburg (Russia)
Here, at the College for Technology and Entrepreneurship, the modernization of the vocational training programs for painters, cabinetmakers, tile setters, roofers, plumbers and automotive painters has been completed. Quality control and sustainability are assured by means of ongoing evaluation and continuing education for teachers at the facility.
Multiplication in Krasnodar
The multiplication project for tile setters/mosaic layers at the Krasnodar College of Humanities and Technology has been in progress since 2015. The workshops have been renovated and a master craftsman training project is ongoing. An initial training project with the staff of the model project in Jekaterinburg has been successfully completed. Training sessions in Germany will follow during the first six months of 2016, and the modernized vocational training project is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016.
Vocational School Exchange Program Lahr – Jekaterinburg (Russia)
There has been a continued, regular student exchange program between the Badische Malerfachschule Lahr and the Jekaterinburg College for Technology and Entrepreneurship for painters. In both schools, these projects have had a tremendous influence on the interior design of the facilities. Wall consoles, cabinet doors, wardrobe elements and entire decorative murals have been created as a testimony to this collaboration.
Vocational School Exchange Program Pforzheim – Irkutsk (Russia)
The first vocational school student exchange for students in Pforzheim, Germany and its Siberian partner city of Irkutsk took place in 2009. This has led to various activities in the carpentry field. In 2016, there will be a second student exchange.
A project in Irkutsk that symbolizes German-Russian relationships is in the works. It will feature a large-scale playground and climbing frames with two towers connected by a bridge. In 2007, a Russian sauna hut was built in Irkutsk, which generated tremendous public interest. On the German side, the Alfons-Kern-Schule in Pforzheim leads the project efforts.
Vocational School Exchange Program Karlsruhe – Krasnodar (Russia)
The student exchange program between the partner cities of Karlsruhe and Krasnodar has been active since 2010. Since then, the Heinrich-Hübsch-Schule in Karlsruhe and the Humanitarian-technological College in Krasnodar have been regular collaborators in the field of cabinetmaker training. Pieces for daycare centers are among the results of this project-based work.
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.
Community for the Disabled in Istok/Russia
We are currently preparing to collaborate with the Community for the Disabled in Istok/Russia.
Within the framework of the sister city agreement between Pforzheim and Irkutsk and in collaboration with the vocational student exchange projects for cabinetmakers from Pforzheim and Irkutsk, we plan to be in contact with the residents at Istok in the hope of actively involving them in the project.