Due to the great success of the German model, Siemens is increasingly offering two-track training, which combines theory and practice, to young people in countries outside Germany.
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September 2017 – Around 11,500 young men and women worldwide – of whom more than 9,000 are in Germany – are currently enrolled in training or two-track programs at Siemens, making the industrial company one of the largest providers of such programs. Due to the great success of the German model, Siemens is increasingly offering two-track training, which combines theory and practice, to young people in countries outside Germany, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South Africa, India and the UK. These programs offer instruction in a wide range of commercial and, above all, technical fields. Courses are constantly being updated in a targeted fashion to prepare young people for the challenges of digitalization, for example. Aspiring cutting machine operators, for instance, now also learn how to operate 3D printers.
"Germany's two-track system is greatly admired worldwide, and the excellent reputation enjoyed by products 'Made in Germany' is connected with it in many ways. Our training system at Siemens combines the two-track system with our global network of more than 400 locations worldwide," said Siemens President and CEO Joe Kaeser. The success of the training system is also shown by the Europeans@Siemens program, which was established in 2012. Young people are being sent to Berlin by the Siemens Regional Companies in their respective countries for dual educational training. In the past few years, however, an increasing number of participants have come from countries outside Europe. Consequently, the program now has a new name: International Tech Apprenticeship@Siemens (ITA@S), which was chosen in an internal ideas competition.
Since the start of the vocational training in Berlin in 1891 some 160,000 people have undergone training with Siemens in Germany alone.