The ERASMUS+ project “European Dual System (EU-DualS)” wants to test the transfer of the German “Dual System” to other VET training systems in Europe. The EU-DualS partners, led by European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME, believe that this approach will create a bridge between professional schools and the job market, integrating students more and more into the work environment.

The project has a preparatory phase to define the guidelines for the transfer. During three workshops, teachers, entrepreneurs and education professionals in the participating countries (Germany, Italy and Spain) will investigate hands-on solutions to apply the German Dual System to Italy and Spain, supported by the Research Institute on Professional Training F-BB from Nuremberg (D). The project will then run a pilot scheme with selected classes in vocational schools in Italy and Spain, aimed at engaging around 50 European students overall from the Technical High-school “Andrea Ponti” in Gallarate (Italy) and the CIFP USURBIL LHII – Usurbilgo Lanbide Eskola in San Sebastián (Spain).

A part of these students will then move to Germany for a one-month traineeship in small and medium-sized enterprises, in order to gain working experience abroad, likewise today’s University students with ERASMUS, or former “trekking” craftsmen in the middle-ages.

If the project succeeds in bringing the “proof of principle” that the Dual System can be successfully transferred to other European countries’ VET systems, European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and its partners will use this argument to campaign for profound political reforms in professional training.

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