‘Adopt Germany’s vocational training system to reduce unemployment’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI should consider adopting Germany’s dual vocational training system to reduce youth unemployment and job mismatch, said a professor from Bremen University of Germany.

In an interview with _The Brunei Times _during the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) International Conference 2016 held at the International Convention Centre recently, Professor Dr Georg Spottl, Director of the Centre of Technology, Work and TVET at University of Bremen said one of Germany’s best practice in vocational education is its dual system, where it has proven success to deter unemployment.

According to Spottl, the dual system is comprised of theoretical and practical components – promising vocational students a hands-on experience that allows them to gain skills and earn income.

“In Germany, vocational students are required to undergo a minimum of 12 hours a week in vocational school while the remaining days they will be trained with allocated company,” he said.

Spottl said the practical part of the dual system is executed by private companies, where they will be trained in line with the demands of the companies.

He said by linking the two learning components ensures vocational students to be competent future employees, while also ensuring students get employed.

The German education official also suggested Brunei to put a Vocational Act in place.

“I know that Brunei does not have an act, the Vocational Act offers a framework of vocational training and this is very important, as this offers a political and safe platform for training,” he said.

Spottl said the dual system also offers benefits for training companies that take part in the dual training scheme as they save on recruitment costs while also avoid the risk of hiring the wrong employee for the job.

He added that trainees receiving market-relevant training can further improve their chances in the labour market while simultaneously improving social skills.

The Brunei Times