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Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry holds ceremony for trainers and assessors of the German-style dual vocational education system 'Ausbildung'
- 57 of third generation car maintenance ‘Ausbildung’ Trainers to receive certificates by the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce
- 18 Ausbildung Assessors selected and appointed by KGCCI for the first time in Korea
- Representatives of the Ministry of Employment and Labor, the Ministry of Employment and Labor, the Military Manpower Administration and the Ministry of Education to congratulate and ensure continuous support for ‘Ausbildung’
(Seoul, May 16, 2019) On May 15, 2019, the Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KGCCI) together with the German Embassy hosted a Certificate Handover Ceremony at the German Ambassador’s Residence located in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul. H.E. Stephan Auer, German Ambassador to Korea, handed over the certificates to 57 trainers from Audi Volkswagen Korea, BMW Group Korea, Daimler Trucks Korea Ltd., Man Truck & Bus Korea and Mercedes-Benz Korea who completed and passed the official educational program and examination as trainers of ‘Ausbildung’, the German vocational training system. Together with the 44 trainers of the first generation in 2017 and 31 trainers of the second generation in 2018, a total of 132 official ‘Ausbildung’ trainers are now certified by the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) and qualified to officially train Trainees at company sites in Korea.
Experienced automobile mechanics at dealerships participating in ‘Ausbildung’ who are particularly interested in training juniors were certified as the third generation Ausbildung Trainers. They have completed a total of 100 hours of training with a German expert and passed an evaluation, consisting of written and practical exams which are identical to the examination of ‘Ausbildung’ car maintenance trainers in Germany. During the two-week training period, the Trainers increased their understanding of ‘Ausbildung’ and on-the-job training. At the same time, they learned methods of vocational education to pass on field knowledge and skills, and could thereby gain new opportunities for their own careers in regards of human resources development and personal growth.
In addition, 18 ‘Ausbildung’ Assessors who will evaluate Ausbildung Trainees in final exams were appointed at the same occasion for the first time in Korea. Automobile engineering professors from Doowon Technical University College and Yeoju Institute of Technology as well as vehicle technology specialists of each participating brand will serve as Assessors. To prepare the Assessors for their role, a German expert was invited to Korea to explain the German evaluation system, especially the Ausbildung evaluation exam for car maintenance. In addition, some Assessors attended the local Ausbildung practical assessment in Germany and visited the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria as well as the local vocational school, to understand the overall situation of the German Ausbildung evaluation exam.
Following the invitation of H.E. Stephan Auer, distinguished guests from the Korean government and the automotive industry attended the event: Sin-Chul Jang, Director General of Vocational Training Policy Bureau at the Ministry of Employment and Labor, Bog-Yeon Cho, Director General of the Active & Mobilization Bureau of the Military Manpower Administration, Dal-Yong Song, Director of the Secondary Vocational Education Policy Division of the Ministry of Education, Dr. Hyo-Joon Kim, Chairman of the Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chairman of BMW Group Korea, Barbara Zollmann, President & CEO of the Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dimitris Psillakis, Head of Vocational Training Committee and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Korea, Max Burger, CEO of MAN Truck & Bus Korea, René Koneberg, Group Managing Director of Audi Volkswagen Korea, and Jeong-Sik Choi, Director of Daimler Trucks Korea Ltd.
H.E. Stephan Auer, German Ambassador to Korea, underlined that „good training requires good trainers“ and explained that „the introduction of vocational training for automotive mechatronics shows that German carmakers are aware of the importance of the Korean market and that by investing in the training of their employees they are demonstrating that their commitment here in Korea is long-term and, above all, sustainable.“
Sin-Chul Jang Director General of Vocational Training Policy Bureau at the Ministry of Employment and Labor, said that he wishes „the dual vocational training will be as successful as in Germany by sharing not only a long friendship, but a training system“, and promised „to continue the support in order to have many further Korean companies join this autonomous dual vocational training“.
Bog-Yeon Cho, Director General of the Active & Mobilization Bureau of the Military Manpower Administration (MMA) said, „the young men are being supported to avoid a career interruption (through military service during the course of Ausbildung) and to become even more valuable talents by enlistments to skill-related positions“. He assured that „the MMA will actively cooperate for a further expansion of the Ausbildung program“.
Dal-Yong Song, Director of the Secondary Vocational Education Policy Division of the Ministry of Education, expressed his wish that „the students will be taught and evaluated with highly practical techniques.“ Furthermore, he asked for „a lot of interest and guidance for the high school students to be able to become confident members of the society in a safe and warm environment.“
Barbara Zollmann, President & CEO of the Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said, „Ausbildung is a company-driven program and all participating companies showed their commitment for fostering the Korean young people.“ She further explained „As always, KGCCI takes the responsibility and role to mediate between the participating companies and all stakeholders to keep the German standards of Ausbildung up.“
Dr. Hyo-Joon Kim, Chairman of the Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said, „The Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry has played a meaningful role in building a bridge between Korea and Germany as an industrial partner,“ and „We will continue to look for the new value of connecting people, culture and society, and try to expand Ausbildung which started in automotive area into other industries as well in Korea.“
Dimitris Psillakis, Chairman of the Vocational Training Committee, said, „I have a strong belief that the Ausbildung program has successfully opened a new horizon for young students in Korea, fostering their automotive talent,“ and „I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to have trainers and assessors who are at the frontline of the successful Ausbildung program, and that is what makes today’s ceremony even more meaningful.“
From this year on, Audi Volkswagen Korea additionally joined in the ‘Ausbildung’ program, that has already been implemented by BMW Group Korea, Daimler Trucks Korea, Man Truck & Bus Korea and Mercedes-Benz Korea in the car maintenance sector at their official dealerships. Furthermore, Yeungnam University College will also become partner for the Ausbildung academical education, in addition to Doowon Technical University College and Yeoju Institute of Technology. The Trainee recruitment process for 2019 is currently in progress with a total of 135 new trainees. The three-year curriculum will be carried out from early September on, combining a practical training (70%) at company sites and theoretical education (30%) at the colleges, just like in Germany.