Five representatives from school associations and from the municipality of Comunidade do Ave http://www.cim-ave.pt/ from the north of Portugal have successfully completed a 5-day training course on the German Dual System. Thanks to visits to training companies, vocational schools and the IHK, all participants were able to gain a good overview of the system.
The participants returned to Portugal with many ideas and have decided to import some elements of “Best Practices”. For example, the establishment of regular information events on vocational training at secondary schools in order to inform pupils early on about the possibilities in this area. Another suggestion is the close involvement of internships in the design of the curricula of vocational schools.
The first cornerstone for a stronger cooperation between GEB and Comunidade do Ave has been laid and hopefully we will soon report on this “Transfer of Best Practices”.