Dual vocational training system lost in transit?

A study of German subsidiary companies in China and the USA

Coverbild: BWP 6/2014
Ausgabe/Jahr (Jahrgang) 6/2014 (43)
Seite(n) 18-21

For companies operating internationally, the training of skilled workers is becoming an increasingly significant topic worldwide. In this context the transferability of the German dual vocational education and training system to other countries is a contentious matter. The article engages with the question of how far foreign branches of German companies follow the German training and qualification model. On the basis of a theoretical approach from International Management, examples of German subsidiaries in China and the USA are studied by means of expert surveys with a view to characterising their initial vocational training strategies. The findings show that within the German subsidiaries, the training and qualification practices of the host countries are dominant.