Transatlantic Apprenticeship Dialogue

The German dual apprenticeship training system is regarded as one of Germany's most successful exports and as a recipe for success for industrial and commercial sectors in a globalized world.

Apprenticeships as a Solution to the Skills Gap

One of the biggest challenges facing manufacturers in the US is the search for qualified workers. 84% of US executives report that they struggle to find and recruit skilled employees. This challenge has led to increased interest in the German dual education system in the US.

This initiative focuses on German-American partnerships in technical dual education programs, aiming to build a strong foundation of career training collaboration between the two countries.

This involves facilitation of peer-to-peer exchanges between experts from Germany and the US who are already involved with apprenticeship training in order to solidify the presence of German-style apprenticeship programs in the US for the future. GACC Midwest has developed workshops in the US, as well as delegations to Germany, to encourage face-to-face discussions between trainers, educators, exam board members, and more.

Upcoming Programs

Education and Apprenticeships - March & June 2020

Workshop in Chicago, IL: March 18th - 19th, 2020
Study Trip to Germany: June 15th - 19th, 2020

Further information will follow soon.


Educators might be elegible for a grant partially covering travel costs for the trips to Germany.

Company Training and Apprenticeships - August & October 2020

Workshop in Michigan: August 26th - 27th, 2020
Study Trip to Germany: 19th - 25th, 2020

Further information will follow soon.


Educators might be elegible for a grant partially covering travel costs for the trips to Germany.

Past Programs

Study Trip to Germany: October 21-25, 2019

Industry 4.0 is revolutionizing the world of industrial production. Many manufacturing companies are looking for a sustainable pipeline of talent that more effectively supports their goals for growth and profitability, and apprenticeship programs offer an innovative solution. We will explore the relationship between apprenticeships and Industry 4.0 with a study trip to Germany from October 21-25, 2019. Up to 15 selected representatives of American manufacturing and apprenticeship programs will travel from Stuttgart to Berlin. On this trip, we: discuss the implementation of Industry 4.0 with peers in German industry learn how apprenticeships are enabling company growth and profitability network with industry leaders

Workshop: High-Tech Apprenticeships for an Industry 4.0 World - August 21, 2019

Industry 4.0 and the skills gap are transforming the way the manufacturing world operates. On August 21-22, we hosted a workshop at Automation Alley in Troy, MI that explored how apprenticeships can serve as an answer to the complex problems companies are facing. 

Our featured speakers were:


  • Pavan Muzumdar - Automation Alley 

Company Representatives:

  • Roland Biebl - ZF
  • Peter Loetzner - EMAG LLC

Education Professionals:

  • Andreas Brockmann - Festo Didactic
  • Dr. Patricia Chatman - Henry Ford College
  • Jan Künzel - BBS Neustadt Technical School

In addition to input from our experts, the workshop focused on interactive discussion and development of best-practice recommendations, followed by site visits on August 22.

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