Transatlantic Apprenticeship Dialog

Finding highly skilled workers is challenging. In U.S. manufacturing, there is a talent shortage according to 84% of U.S. business executives. 

In this context, interest in the German apprenticeship program has steadily grown in the United States. The first frameworks to meet this challenge have already been created by the AHK USA with the ICATT (Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training) and GA CATT (Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training) Apprenticeship Programs. These two programs were developed based on standards of the German Apprenticeship Program. Due to different historical developments in the USA and Germany, the concept of apprenticeships is not yet widespread in the United States.

Therefore, the GACC USA-Chicago is organizing the „Transatlantic Apprenticeship Dialog“. 

The program includes workshops in the US and delegation trips to Germany and will focus on:

  • The many years of experience and know-how of German trainers, examiners and vocational schools to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and experience between Germans and Americans
  • Increasing the acceptance of dual vocational training in the US to counteract the skills gap

Target Groups from the US and Germany:

  • In-company trainers and representatives
  • High-school and community college educators and representatives
  • Exam board members
  • ICATT and GA CATT Network Company representatives
  • Government representatives
  • Economic Development Organizations and local, regional and national industry representatives

The project was supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany, funded by the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

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Mario Kratsch

Vice President

Chicago

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