Transatlantic Cluster Initiative

Delegation Trip to Germany on Lightweighting Technologies & Materials

The second part of the Lightweighting Technologies & Materials Program offered 15 select participants the chance to explore cutting-edge developments during an intensive, 5-day trip throughout Germany. Focus topics included opportunities for international collaboration, technology development and transfer, recruitment of a skilled workforce, and much more.

During the 5-day trip, participants have had ample opportunity to visit and speak with key players of the German lightweighting industry from business and research institutions as well as interact with leading industry associations and clusters. Last but not least, participants were able to enjoy German culture and hospitality.


The trip took place from June 19-23, 2017. The trip itinerary can be found here.

Program cost and coverage
Participants are responsible for their own airfare to and from Germany.
Program fee: $450 (covers all accommodations (6 nights), meals, cultural activities, entrance fees and local travel in Germany).

Please contact program manager Jessica Ferklass for questions.

*GACC Midwest reserves the right to reject non-fit applications.

“The GACC Midwest Transatlantic Metal Cluster delegation trip was a very eye opening experience. It provided me with valuable insights into the German Dual Vocational Education and Training Models that are so effective in Germany. A great example of this was when we toured the Schunk Educational facility where we were able to directly observe a live demonstration of the apprentices in training. As the Director of Workforce for Symbol Training Institute, the best practices learned here in Germany will have an impact on my future strategies and interactions with the local manufacturers and labor pool. The trip also was a great introduction to the very best that the German culture has to offer from its industry to the food and customs. All in all it was a very worthy trip and has positively impacted me”.

Tom Peters, Director of Workforce Development, Symbol Training Institute

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