Inauguration ceremony of new training facility at Esikhawini Campus/South Africa

The new state-of-the-art training facility was opened at the uMfolozi TVET college at Esikhawini Campus in October 2017. The Construction Centre of Excellence is a result of hard work within the partnership project between the college and the Kreishandwerkerschaft and will host 90 apprentices in the trades of plumbing, carpentry and bricklaying. The center focuses on improving relationships with participating industries to ensure greater practice-orientation of training courses. It aims to reduce the current discrepancy between the standard of training and the labour market requirements, which will improve the employability of graduates. The involved lecturers have been training in new teaching methodologies, locally and in Germany.

The opening of the new center has been a milestone in the partnership project between the uMfolozi College and the Kreishandwerkerschaft. Mr. Frank Tischner (CEO Kreishandwerkerschaft), who joined the opening ceremony together with Karin Münstermann (Head of International Projects) and Oliver Petzoldt (Long-term Expert), used his speech to make clear that it is not about bringing the German education system just as it is to South Africa, but to use the chances of the dual system for the economy and the youth with view on their chances on the employment market.

Many representatives of politics and the local economy of the region KwaZulu Natal joined the ceremony as well as representatives of ministries both from Germany and South Africa, where the funding for the new center came from.

Also many employers used the chance to visit the new facilities. Their interest is of great importance to the overall success of the partnership project, as they need to be motivated to take part in vocational education and training in the future.

Entrepreneurship in Germany

Once again the Kreishandwerkerschaft hosted a South African delegation as part of the partnership project with uMfolozi College. The group focused on the topics “self-employment” and “business incubators”. The guests used the five days for many company visits and exciting discussions with entrepreneurs. In the future a center of entrepreneurship will be established at the college in South Africa. This visit was a first step to get ideas on what such a center should be offering. What can be implemented locally will become clear during the next few months.

Delegation Visit from Colombia

Representatives of the Universities UPB and IUSH from Medellin (Colombia) visited the Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf and the University of Applied Sciences in Münster. The aim of the stay was to obtain an overall picture of dual training structures in order to possibly take over future aspects to their institution. The Kreishandwerkerschaft with its vocational training centers and the “Technische Schulen Steinfurt” (Vocational School) were visited as important partners in the dual vocational training system. For the future, joint workshops are planned in Colombia.

Train-the-Trainer: South African Lecturers in Germany

In March 2017, 8 trainers from the uMfolozi College in Richards Bay came for a train the trainer programme to Germany. The purpose of the visit was to train the artisan related training officers and lecturers from uMfolozi College within the civil trades technical, pedagogical and didactical skills that introduce dual vocational training principals. The focus of the week was on the improvement of civil related artisan training with the aim to enhance the college ability to offer quality training for artisans within bricklayer and plasterer, plumber and carpenter trades.

Important Step for the Partnership Project in South Africa

We are happy to welcome Mr. Oliver Petzoldt (Programme Manager of the Partnership Project) in his new position in Richards Bay and wish him a good start in his new job. From now on, he will be part of the team of the Kreishandwerkerschaft as the contact person for the partnership project, based at the uMfolozi College. In February 2016, he moved into his office at the College and started straight away to develop important steps that need to be taken to reach the developed goals of the project.

Official start of the partnership with the uMfolozi College in South Africa

Project Agreement signed

In November 2015 the partnership project (financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) between the uMfolozi College in Richards Bay / South Africa and the Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf has started. Mr. Frank Tischner (CEO), Ms. Karin Münstermann (Head of International Department) and Mr. Oliver Petzoldt (the Long-term Expert who will be based in Richards Bay) attended the planning workshop in Richards Bay for discussing and finalizing the details for the three years project. It is the intent of the partnership project to sustainably strengthen the vocational training supply and the employability of artisans in order to improve the labour-market oriented vocational training system. The aim of the project is to improve the employability of graduates from the college and demonstrate opportunities for self-employment. This relates to initial and further training.

Turkey: Innovation through Cooperation in VET

The department “International VET” of the Kreishandwerkerschaft took part in the cooperation project of the German ZWH (Central Agency for Continuing Vocational Education and Training in the Skilled Crafts) and the Kutahya Ataturk Vocational High School, which started in 2014 and deals with arranging partnerships between organisations in the vocational education and training sector in Germany and Turkey. To support the partnerships, meetings between several Turkish and German organisations were organized and a fruitful discussion about future took place. The project was funded by the Federal Minsitry of Education and Research.

Kreishandwerkerschaft focuses on export of education

Since already 3 weeks 12 participants from Pakistan get further educated at the Kreishandwerkerschaft in Beckum. Three days a week they get knowledge about technical parts in the workshop and on two days they learn more about how the dual education system in Germany works.

The main objectives of the training programme are:

- Participants enhance their sector-specific theoretical, practical and methodical competences

- Participants are qualified to train teachers and instructors and coach theoretical and practical training activities

- Participants establish a master trainer network to ensure a systematic further training of teachers and instructors

The group already visited the "VW Autostadt" in Wolfsburg where they took part in an adventure tour and they will visit the production side of Mercedes in Bremen.



From Pakistan for further education to Beckum and Rheine

The German dual vocational training system enjoys high global recognition and many countries are  interested in implementation the system or parts of it in their own country.

The Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf has a large experience in the field of vocational education and training and together with the GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation) they work on a pilot project "Germany Pakistan Training Initiative" (GPATI), in which the model of cooperative vocational training will be tested. The aim is to support the renewal of apprenticeship training in Pakistan towards a cooperative training with the economy and the companies with strong participation. 

Within this project the Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf is currently carrying out a training in automotive mechatronics in their training centers in Beckum and then in Rheine with 12 Pakistani teachers and trainers from Lahore and Karachi.

The mayor of the city Beckum Dr. Karl-Uwe Strothmann took the opportunity to welcome the guests from Pakistan in the first week of their stay at the Kreishandwerkerschaft in the town hall of Beckum.



The dual system of vocational training

A delegation from Moses Kotane in South Africa visits the Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf where the inter-company courses take place, a substantial part of the dual vocational training system.

At the education center in Rheine, the guests got information about the dual education system in Germany and got an overview of the practical workshops. Especially the interplay between companies, vocational school and Kreishandwerkerschaft have left a great impression.

The guests were interested in the dual system of work-based training and school-based training. During a tour through the training centers, the guests got an impression of what dual vocational training in the craft means in practice and what role the Kreishandwerkerschaft plays in the promotion of craft training.



Transfer of knowledge to the other side of the world - Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf receives delegation from South Africa

How does the dual training in Germany works in practise? Which screws need to be turned in training establishments, vocational schools and Kreishandwerkerschaft so that all components of the training optimally interlock? These and other questions were the focus of the recent visit by a delegation from South Africa at the Kreishandwerkerschaft (KH) Steinfurt-Warendorf. Representatives of a college and the Embassy of South Africa informed at the KH in Rheine and in companies in the district of Steinfurt, how the transfer of knowledge of vocational training on the other side of the world could succeed.

"The dual training is the guarantor of the quality of VET and therefore the backbone of the economy in Germany," said KH-CEO Frank Tischner. He welcomed the delegation at the education center of KH in Rheine and explained the main features of the dual vocational training in Germany. Here the craft enterprises come to an important role in their respective regions. In the training workshops of the KH, the guests from South Africa procured a picture of the inter-company vocational training, which the Kreishandwerkerschaft ensures during the dual training system.






VET can benefit from Europe - but also the other way around

Greece is considered as the cradle of Europe and the cultural origins of the Occident. So it's fitting that the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) is located as a reference center for the EU in vocational training issues since 1995 in Thessaloniki, Greece. KH-CEO Frank Tischner used the opportunity of a finding visit for guild members to northern Greece organized by the Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf, to learn on site at the professionals of Cedefop of developments and opportunities for vocational education in Europe.

The center analyzes for policy, research and practice vocational training systems existing in the EU to assist countries in their development and improvement. Frank Tischner is convinced that the dual vocational training system in Germany has a high standard and for many countries it has a role model, but however there are just interesting ideas in the field of vocational training outside of Germany that are worth to take a closer look. And this area it is a priority for Cedefop, which deals in addition to developing and implementing the European Qualifications Framework, among others, vocational training, adult education and work-based learning and the analysis of skills requirements for the design of a needs-based VET program.

How important and correct the engagement for training is, shows the strategy 2020 for the EU reported by representatives of Cedefop  to achieve through knowledge and innovation, a smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth as well as an employment rate of at least 75%. "In Münsterland we are already beyond this,"  Frank Tischner says and sees this as an evidence that the dual vocational training and the training capacity of small and medium enterprises in the region have placed this foundation.

Africa is interested in the dual training system

Visit of a delegation from Nigeria at the Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf

A group of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) came to visit the Kreishandwerkerschaft in Beckum. The background of the visit is the current educational situation in Nigeria. There are no structures for vocational education. Therefore the Nigerian government currently invests in the establishment of structures and framework to ensure a quality education.

At the education center in Beckum, the guests got information about the dual education system in Germany and got an overview of the practical workshops. Especially the interplay between companies, vocational school and Kreishandwerkerschaft have left a great impression. Future cooperation between the KH and LASTVEB are being considered. The visit was initiated by the company Haver & Boecker in Oelde.

Kreishandwerkerschaft-Steinfurt Warendorf is a member of the iMOVE network

iMOVE (International Marketing of Vocational Education) was established as an initiative by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) for the internationalization of german education and training services. Today iMOVE is a department workspace "Internationalisation of vocational education / knowledge management" of the Federal Institute for Vocational Training (BIBB). iMOVE supports german training provider with a wide range of services in developing international markets. The Kreishandwerkerschaft-Steinfurt Warendorf is getting involved in the field of international VET and strives for cooperation with partners in the European and non-European countries. Therefore, the Kreishandwerkerschaft is now member of the iMOVE network.

Dual training could be an export hit

The Kreishandwerkerschaft discussed possible cooperation in vocational education with a delegation from South Africa.

The Kreishandwerkerschaft-Steinfurt Warendorf started to check the opportunities and possibilities of internationalization of education modules of dual vocational training in the crafts sector. The KH has intensive contacts to the local government of Sun City in the province of Moses Kotane in South Africa. After the king of the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela visited the KH a few months ago, now a delegation of the local government of Sun City Center was visiting the Kreishandwerkerschaft-Steinfurt Warendorf in Rheine.

The guests wanted to check the local opportunities to export certain blocks of dual vocational training in the craft. In conversation with CEO Frank Tischner, the members of the delegation got information about the basics of dual vocational training in Germany. The guests were impressed by the strength of the German craft.

Mr. Tischner explained that the quality of training in the craft results in the low level of youth unemployment rate in Germany which is among the 16 to 24 year olds just seven percent. During a tour through the training centers, the guests got an impression of what dual vocational training in the craft means in practice and what role the Kreishandwerkerschaft plays in the promotion of craft training. The contact to the province of Moses Kotane had been established by Dieter Plagemann from  WKB Systems GmbH in Hörstel and architect Ulrich Borowski from Hörstel-Dreierwalde. They are involved in the long-term development project "City of the Future" in the province, which suffers from a high unemployment of the population, a lack of infrastructure and weak economy.

Royal visit at the Kreishandwerkerschaft in Rheine

Guest from South Africa informed themselves about the craft training in construction. Last year, representatives of local government of Moses Kotane in the North West Province of South Africa, visited the Kreishandwerkerschaft-Steinfurt Warendorf in Rheine. This time KH-CEO Frank Tischner received Kgosi Nyalala Pilane, tribal leader of the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela since 1996. The contact was initiated from architect Ulrich Borowski and Dieter Plagemann from the WKB Systems GmbH who are involved in a long-term development projects in this region. Benefiting from a beautiful nature, among others with the National Park Pilanesberg, near the tourist leisure and entertainment complex Sun City and large platinum deposits, the region suffers still from unemployment, poor infrastructure and weak economy. A master plan for several decades proposes to exploit the wealth of natural resources for investment in agriculture, industry and tourism. An important factor for the implementation of this plan is getting new cooperation partners and the qualification of the people who live there. In the implementation of the various projects, particularly in construction projects, qualified people are required. This qualified people should be local people to increase the employment rate and also to increase the income of the population. In the education center of the Kreishandwerkerschaft in Rheine ,where the inter-company courses take place, a substantial part of the dual vocational training system, CEO Frank Tischner and trainer of construction Ulrich Alfing explained the workflow and the contents of training in the building trades to the guest from South Africa. In addition to technical issues themes of the financing and organization of training were discussed. Both sites know that the system of the german dual system can not be converted one to one in South Africa, but Kgosi Nyalala Pilane and its german partner took a variety of impressions and ideas of the visit at the Kreishandwerkerschaft.

Programme Manager Mr. Oliver Petzoldt in the office in Richards Bay.
With the signature of the project agreement by principal Sam Zungu (Umfolozi College, Richards Bay, South Africa, seated left) and CEO Frank Tischner (Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf, seated right) the partnership project started. Also Dr. Themba Fakazi (College Council Chairperson, standing behind principal Sam Zungu), Daniel Strube (Sequa), Eckhard Schleberger, Karin Münstermann (Head of International Department) and Long-term Expert Oliver Petzoldt (Kreishandwerkerschaft) – all third row, were attending the meeting.
German Delegation together with the representatives of the Kütahya Atatürk Vocational High School
Welcome of the 12 participants from Pakistan by the major of Beckum Dr. Karl-Uwe Strothmann
Visit of a delegation from Moses Kotane at the Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf in Rheine
Visit to the workshops of the KH in Rheine
at the front left: Herbert Löchte (instructor carpenters), Elsie du Toit (Umfolozi College South Africa), Imran Simmins (First Secretary Political/South African Embassy Germany), Sam Zungu (Umfolozi College South Africa), Frank Tischner (CEO Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf)



Antonio Ranieri, Department for Skills and Labour Market (Cedefop), CEO Frank Tischner (Kreishandwerkerschaft Steinfurt-Warendorf), Ioannis Katsikis, Assistant Researcher







Charges of the Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) under the direction of Laolu Oguntuyi (mi.) visited together with Alfons Tentrup (2 v. R.) and other representatives of the company Haver & Boecker the educational institution Kreishandwerkerschaft in Beckum. Karin Münstermann, Head of Vocational Education and Training / International Projects, and area manager Antonius Bäumker (r.) informed the guests.

Godfrey Marange, CEO Frank Tischner, Gugulethu G. Xaba, Londiwe Ndlovu, Dieter Plagemann (WKB Systems GmbH), Ulrich Borowski (Borowski&Sasse GmbH)

CEO Frank Tischner, Kgosi Nyalala Pilane from the South African tribe Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, Ulrich Borowski (architects Borowski & Sasse GmbH, Hörstel) and Dieter Plagemann (Sales Manager WKB Systems GmbH, Hörstel)
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