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Author:Handwerkskammer Frankfurt-Rhein-Main (Chamber of Skilled Crafts)
Country:Germany
Start Year:2015
Contact:

Dr. Christof RIESS, Executive Director
Mr. Florian SCHÖLL, Representative to the European Union

europa@hwk-rhein-main.de

http://www.hwk-rhein-main.de/

Types of organisation:Chambers of Commerce, industry and crafts
Description:

1. To provide competent information on the dual education system:

The Chamber of Skilled Crafts Frankfurt-Rhein-Main will explain the German dual training system in Germany and on a European and an international level to interested associations, multipliers, etc. from Europe and elsewhere in a competent and appropriate manner. At a European level, the Chamber of Skilled Crafts will inform about employer commitment in apprenticeship schemes, taking into account the special role of chambers as the competent bodies for vocational education and training, providing an important advisory and support function especially for SMEs. The objective is to make the possibilities of the German dual education system accessible to interested parties in order to help them establish work-based training structures. The Chamber of Skilled Crafts Frankfurt-Rhein-Main also offers interested stakeholders the opportunity to visit the Chamber’s training facilities or training companies to get a practical impression of the dual system.

2. To improve the image and visibility of skilled crafts and vocational training:
The Chamber of Skilled Crafts Frankfurt-Rhein-Main will inform on skilled crafts and the possibilities of training and careers in this sector as part of its image campaign with the resources at its disposal. The Chamber will provide practical examples to other (SME) organisations and stakeholders as instruments for improving the image of apprenticeships. The objective is to increase the status of vocational training and to secure skilled labour in the skilled crafts sector, especially amongst young people.

Short company / organisation description:

As a self-governing body in the skilled crafts sector, the Chamber of Skilled Crafts Frankfurt-Rhein-Main represents the interests of small and medium-sized companies in the Frankfurt-Rhein-Main region. With more than 34,000 member companies in its region, it is both one of the largest chambers of skilled crafts and one of the largest self-governing bodies of the German economy.
The Chamber of Skilled Crafts Frankfurt-Rhein-Main supports its member companies with a broad spectrum of services for vocational training and further education. In addition to consulting services for member companies, it also acts on behalf of the government in carrying out tasks in the areas of vocational training and further education. It is responsible for monitoring vocational preparation and training in skilled crafts, and regulates journeymen’s and master craftsmen’s exams. We are the contact on issues of dual education and issues affecting small and medium-sized companies in the Frankfurt-Rhein-Main region.
The Chamber represents the interests of more than 34,000 skilled crafts companies with more than 140,000 employees, about 9,500 apprentices and an annual turnover of more than 12 billion Euro in the Frankfurt region.

The Chamber of Skilled Crafts is a member of the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses (Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks ZDH) – at a European level the ZDH is a member of UEAPME (European Union of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises).
The Chamber of Skilled Crafts Frankfurt-Rhein-Main has its own European office in Brussels.
The Chamber of Skilled Crafts maintains a wide network of partnerships with comparable organisations in Central Europe and in developing countries. In developing countries like Ethiopia, Morocco, Kenya and Zambia, the Chamber is helping to implement structures of dual vocational education and training, as well as self-governing business structures. As part of this, "helping people to help themselves" is being practiced, enabling partners to represent the interests of small and medium sized skilled craft companies.
In 2012 the German Federal State of Hessen (DE) and the Autonomous Community of Madrid (ES) signed a mutual cooperation agreement. The two regions aim to increase their economic, academic and cultural exchange in order to better utilise their shared potential. One of the main focuses of their work is on the employment and vocational training markets. The cooperation aims to give young people in Spain career perspectives once again. Recruiting qualified Spanish employees is also a potential solution to the current lack of specialists in the Hessen region. The cooperation agreement additionally intends to support the Madrid region in establishing a dual system of vocational education and training. The Chamber of Skilled Crafts Frankfurt-Rhein-Main is a key stakeholder in this agreement.

The Chamber also fosters the exchange of apprentices throughout Europe. It maintains, for instance, a long-standing cooperation with the Aquitaine region in France.

Area of action: Image
Partners:German Federal State of Hessen
German Confederation of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses (Zentralverband des
Deutschen Handwerks ZDH)
National Commitments:Do also have a look at the national commitment of your country

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