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Study tours

In the context of the UNESCO-UNEVOC Global Forum, five study tours took the delegates to several companies in and around Bonn on 16 October. Capacity building and the promotion of networks and partnerships being one of UNESCO-UNEVOC’s core areas of work, the objective of the study tours was to give the conference delegates the opportunity to gain practical knowledge of German flagship initiatives ranging from innovation, research and education technology to renewable energies and the German vocational training system.

The study tours were attended by altogether 80 conference participants. Our sincere appreciation goes to all organizers for hosting the delegations and giving our participants the opportunity to get an insight into their company, portfolio and training facilities.


This tour took its participants to two sites: the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), a member of the UNEVOC Network, and a water treatment plant run by the German Association for Water, Wastewater and Waste (DWA).

BIBB conducts research on initial and continuing TVET and its progressive development. A presentation was given on the institute’s role within the German TVET system, the dual training system itself and the training regulations for selected green job profiles. This theoretical introduction to the German training system and how the concept of sustainable development is progressively translated into green jobs, was combined with a visit to a water treatment plant where the participants had the opportunity to speak to apprentices and learn about the water treatment and filtration processes.

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Currenta is a joint venture between the two chemical enterprises Bayer and Lanxess. It operates three industrial park sites in North Rhine-Westphalia across an area of around 11 km2, with a workforce of approximately 22.000 employees.

Currenta provides training in over 20 scientific, technical, commercial and IT professions for the 70 companies based in these parks, qualifying almost 2500 trainees on behalf of the Bayer Group and Lanxess in company-owned training laboratories, pilot plants and workshops, and its own technical college.

Participants were toured through the company’s metalworking and electronics shops, its chemical laboratory and pilot plant and had the chance to meet with trainees and trainers, and observe them working. The tour was accompanied with a presentation on Currenta’s vocational training and pre-training services, ranging from the pre-training programme “Jump-Start” to dual Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees, and a training programme for “late bloomers”, XOnce.

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Ford Aus- und Weiterbildung e.V.

Founded in 1993, the Ford Vocational Training and Education Registered Society (Ford Aus- und Weiterbildung e.V.; FAW) offers a wide range of initial and further vocational education and training programmes, demand-oriented guidance and an effective coaching for companies and their employees. Altogether 13 accredited professions in the commercial and in the industrial-technical sector are being trained at FAW, supplemented by two dual study programmes certified by a university degree.

Besides a comprehensive introduction the German dual training system and FAW’s role in providing in-company training, a special emphasis was given on the company’s programme targeting vulnerable youths and their campaigns to attract female apprentices for jobs that are traditionally dominated by men.

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Icon Institute

The Icon Institute is a Germany-based consulting company with its headquarters in Cologne. As part of the Icon Institute Consulting Group, the business unit Icon Education And Training implements complex projects and training measures in vocational education and training, capacity building and organizational development on a global level.

The Icon Institute facilitated a study tour to the Technology Centre Aachen which is managed by the Regional Development Agency for the Technology Region Aachen (AGIT), which hosted the delegation. To promote entrepreneurship and business development, AGIT provides office space within the Technology Centre by subsidized rent and assistance in the design of business plans. With its position in the border-triangle Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, and teaching and research institutes nearby, the region offers a promising environment and market entry conditions.

The tour continued with a visit to a training centre (BGE) managed by the Chamber of Crafts and Trade Aachen. The institution offers courses certified with the German Meister degree (equivalent to a Bachelor degree) and other specialized training courses.

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Lucas Nülle

Lucas Nülle is specialized in the development, manufacturing and sale of high-quality educational equipment and training systems for basic and advanced vocational training. In addition to teaching a broad theoretical background, particular focus is given to project-based vocational training with proven educational value.

“We are trying to make the technology visible for the student – we have to be able to adapt our products so we can make sure we are prepared for the technology of tomorrow”, said a LN representative.

Besides model training equipment such as wind generators and car engines, Lucas Nülle’s product line for TVET in electronics, electrical and automotive engineering were presented. The participants were toured through the company’s facilities and could familiarize themselves with manufacturing processes and technology development.

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The original Study Tours announcement can be found here.

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