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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

06.10.2020Press release: 146/2020

Federal Minister of Education starts JOBSTARTER transfer

The two-day digital conference “Perspectives for Vocational Training” on the JOBSTARTER plus program, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, starts on Tuesday. For more than six years it has been the goal of JOBSTARTER plus to support companies with in-company training. Around 230 funded projects are primarily available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in an advisory capacity on all questions relating to training. Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek explains: “Small and medium-sized companies in particular are struggling with the economic consequences of the corona pandemic. We must give them special support so that they can continue their training activities during these pandemic times. Because securing skilled workers is still one of their most important tasks, in order to secure our prosperity but also to be able to tackle the challenges of the future such as climate change and digitization. This is where the JOBSTARTER plus projects support small and medium-sized companies on in-company training. I now want to expand this important funding and bring the knowledge from the individual projects even better to the general public. With the JOBSTARTER Transfer funding, the JOBSTARTER experience will in future be passed on to chambers, educational institutions or the companies themselves. We want to spend up to 130,000 euros on each project. The JOBSTARTER projects are an important cornerstone of the local training market. That is why the Federal Ministry of Education and the European Social Fund are investing over 109 million euros in ongoing projects by the end of 2022. They have also proven themselves in the crisis: when the round tables for apprenticeships remained empty and training fairs were canceled, they developed digital solutions. This includes virtual speed dating for training applicants and companies, online seminars for training in the Corona crisis or digital lectures at schools for career orientation. I am glad that the JOBSTARTER projects can now work in normal mode again. At the same time, they now have tried and tested instruments to be able to react quickly in the future. ”Background: The status conference“ Perspectives for Vocational Education and Training ”will take place on October 6th and 7th. With two panel discussions and eight specialist forums, it takes stock: What insights have the funded projects gained? What specific help do SMEs need for in-company training? At the beginning, Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek, the President of the Central Association of German Craftsmen, Hans Peter Wollseifer and Christina Ramb, member of the executive board of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations, will discuss answers to these and other questions. The two-day status conference, for which over 500 participants have registered, will take place virtually for the first time due to the Corona crisis.


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