In an initiative called "a win-win idea" by Ambassador Peter Ammon, the German Embassy is working with US states, German companies in the US and education and training facilities to spread best practices in sustainable workforce development, and, at the end of the day, to help fill more jobs with capable, well-trained people.

  • May 5, 2017 | | Ambassador Wittig: Dual Education - A Competitor to College

    Worker in a protective mask works on vehicles

    "The success of the German apprenticeship model builds on the conviction that it is an equivalent alternative to college education," Ambassador Wittig writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

    Wall Street Journal Op-Ed
  • Mar 20, 2017 | | German CEO’s and Apprentices Advocate For Vocational Training at the White House

    Chancellor Merkel meeting President Trump

    As part of the business focused first meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump, three CEO’s of German companies and their respective apprentices met with the two leaders to discuss the benefits of the dual system of vocational training.

    German CEO’s and Apprentices Visit White House
  • Nov 17, 2016 | | Building Strategic Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce

    National Apprenticeship Week

    As part of Second Annual National Apprenticeship Week, the embassy hosted U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez for a discussion on Thursday about building strategic partnerships for a skilled workforce.

    Building a Skilled Workforce
  • Sep 30, 2016 | | Wall Street Journal Article Highlights Effort to Bring German Skills Training Model to US

    Trainee in production technology

    Some companies in America that are finding it difficult to hire and retain qualified industrial workers are looking to the German skills training model for inspiration, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article.

    German Skills Training System
  • Nov 16, 2015 | | German Embassy Skills Initiative Conference

    Skills Initiative

    The German Embassy hosted a Skills Initiative event last week in conjunction with the Aspen Institute’s Skills for the Future. The event was titled, “Future Prospects for Skills and Apprenticeship Programs in the US and Germany.”

    Skills Initiative Conference
  • Mar 10, 2015 | | Ambassador Wittig Tours Charlotte, North Carolina

    Siemens Tour

    Ambassador Peter Wittig traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina last week on the invitation of the Honorary Consul and CEO of Nirosteel, Klaus Becker. While there, he toured the Siemens manufacturing facility, Central Piedmond Community College and attended the German Opera Gala.

    Ambassador in Charlotte
  • Mar 10, 2015 | germany/info/houston | Monthly Business Roundtable in Houston


    Stefanie Jehlitschka, Vice President of the GACC South, provided a focused update on the Chamber's involvement in German vocational and educational training system and the positive impact it is having on German companies in the U.S. at yesterday's Business Roundtable.

    Skills Initiative at the Monthly Business Roundtable
  • Sep 9, 2014 | | New Festo Training Facility: Important Step for Skills Training in US

    Festo Didactic

    The German Company Festo AG recently announced a partnership with the Central Piedmont Community College of Charlotte, North Carolina. Festo AG will soon be opening a state-of-the-art training facility on CPCC's campus, making job-training more accessible than ever.

    Festo - CPCC National Learning Center of Excellence
  • Jun 11, 2014 | | Florida to Launch Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing Skills Initiative

    Tampa, Florida

    The Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing Skills Initiative will bring training centers to the region that use German IHK best practices, standards and training materials to begin implementation of German-style apprenticeship programs for advanced manufacturing.

    Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing Skills Initiative
  • Jun 3, 2014 | | Iowa Governor Signs Apprenticeship and Job Training Act

    auto industry

    Ambassador Peter Wittig met with Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds in Washington last week to discuss skills training. A week later, Iowa Governor signs the Iowa Apprenticeship and Job Training Act.

    Iowa Apprenticeship and Job Training Act
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