The German Dual Education System as a Model: The Potential Benefit to America’s Businesses and Young People

Join us for a Luncheon Discussion with Christine Benz, D.B.A. Training Manager at TRUMPF Inc. on “The German Dual Education System as a Model: The Potential Benefit to America’s Businesses and Young People”.

The U.S. youth unemployment rate is twice as high as the national unemployment rate. America’s colleges have the lowest completion rate in the developed world. At the same time, U.S. industries face a labor pool crisis. The skills gap will leave more than 2 million jobs vacant in the skilled manufacturing and information technology sector over the next decade. It is worth asking whether we are doing all we can to create opportunities for success for all young people while eliminating the skills gap to create a workforce that supports the growth of our economy. The Dual Education System is often cited for Germany’s economic success, its low youth unemployment rate, and low levels of earnings inequality. This talk will take a close look at Germany’s Dual Education System and the current state of the U.S. apprenticeship program, with an emphasis on their advantages and opportunities. 

Joshua Seeberg of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest will also speak briefly about the experiences of the 30+ manufacturers currently participating in the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT). The ICATT Apprenticeship Program is the only program in the Midwest fully benchmarked on the German Dual Education System and is expanding to Indianapolis and Terre Haute in 2018.

Christine Benz, D.B.A., initiated and oversees TRUMPF Inc.’s successful registered apprenticeship program, and promotes dual education among businesses, educators, and legislators. She joined TRUMPF Inc. in May 2003, initially working as an engineer in the Laser Development Department, where she developed new laser designs. She then worked as a Manager of Project Engineering in the Customer Service group, where she managed large-scale automation projects. In her curent role as Training Manager, she is responsible for providing TRUMPF customers with the knowledge they need to operate high-technology equipment successfully as well as for the continuous training and development of TRUMPF employees. She also serves as a member of Central Connecticut State University’s Industrial Advisory Board. Dr. Benz earned a B.S. in Micro- and Precision Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany, an M.S. in Technology Management at Central Connecticut State University, and a D.B.A. in Organizational Leadership at North Central University.



March 21, 2018

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Index Corporation
14700 North Pointe Blvd. 
Noblesville, IN 46060

There will be no charge to attend. RSVP here by March 20. 


Kirsten Schmandt
Manager, Events & Membership
Tel.: +1 (312) 494-2176
Email: schmandt(at)