Gerhard F. Braun, Member of the BDA Executive Committee, Chairman of the Expert Committee on Education, Vocational Training of the BDA and BDI
Permeability means not only pathways from vocational education to higher education - but also from higher education to vocational education. This is important not only for dropouts who take up dual training after dropping out and for whom there are also attractive offers in higher vocational education. For example, it is possible for drop-outs with at least 90 ECTS credits and two years of work experience to take the advanced training examination directly to become a commercial specialist.
Vocational training is also attractive for university graduates with a degree. In this regard, all parties involved - universities, companies, VET stakeholders - have a duty to provide more information about the possibility of shortening the training period or entering vocational education and training directly instead of undergoing training. Successful examples are the architect who, after completing her studies, takes a qualification examination to become a building energy consultant at the Chamber of Crafts and Trades (HWK), the business administration graduate who takes the further training examination to become an accountant, or the graduate of a pedagogy course who completes further training to become a vocational pedagogue.