The German Embassy in Washington, DC presents the Skills Initiative as one of the cornerstones of its work.

Through the Skills Initiative, the German Embassy is bringing together German and American businesses and local education/training providers with the aim of developing training programs best suited to businesses’ needs. The Embassy launched the Skills Initiative to identify and spread best practices in sustainable workforce development in the USA.

Now the Embassy, through Skills Initiative, is seeking cooperation with federal states, locally convening groups of German companies and bringing them together with training providers so that they can work on the best fit for training programs in their area.

The Skills Initiative: Expanding Apprenticeship in the U.S.— Lessons from the German Dual Education System

White Paper

This white paper was prepared for the German Embassy by Bryan Kamm of AMskills (American Manufacturing Skills Initiative) and Robert Lerman of the Urban Institute. It gives an overview of the German dual training system and of the Skills Initiative.

Skills White Paper [pdf, 512.31k]

Has the Skills Initiative Visited Your State?

Skills Initiative

Skills Initiative events have taken place all along the East Coast and Midwest, and more states are soon to follow.  Dozens of companies have participated in talks with colleges and community respresentatives in participation with the German Embassy.

Skills Timeline

The German Vocational Training System: An Overview

Beer and Jobs

German vocational training, which seamlessly mixes theory and practice into a system that is ingrained into the socio-economic framework, is recognized the world over as a foundational, highly effective model for producing skilled workers.

Dual System of Vocational Training

Dual Training in Germany

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RGIT Vocational Education and Training in Germany

German Foreign Chamber of Commerce (c) ahk

The Representative of German Industry and Trade (RGIT) has a wealth of information about the German system of vocational education and training.

RGIT Vocational Education and Training in Germany

German American Chambers of Commerce

German American Chambers of Commerce

With a network of six offices and 2,500 member companies throughout the United States and Germany, the German American Chambers of Commerce offer a broad spectrum of activities and services. 

German American Chambers of Commerce

NPR Series: Manufacturing Landscape in the USA


National Public Radio has a running series about manufacting in the US. The series deals with the skills gap, training in the workplace and the future of manufactering.

NPR Series
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