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Hamburg's First Mayor Promotes Dual Training In Paris

A two-day official visit to Paris by Olaf Scholz as Federal Agent for Franco-German Cultural Cooperation.

In his function as newly appointed Agent of Franco-German Co-Operation In Culture, Hamburg’s Mayor Olaf Scholz promoted the German model of dual training during his two day visit to Paris.

Dual Training As A Way Out Of Youth Unemployment

To train for a profession should complete the entire educational career of young people, which begins in the nurseries and kindergardens, and goes through the schools that provide all with access to high school, to college career, or even and beyond. Or leads to vocational training, which must be open to all young people, not only in theory. You must include all those that are not privileged to pursue intellectual or artistic careers, Scholz said during his first visit to Paris. With regard to the “oppressively high youth unemployment” in many countries of the European Union, and in view of the enormous shortage of skilled labor, Scholz stated: “Dual training offer good solutions.”

Good Experiences

Germany did well with dual training, and can look back of on good experiences for a long time. Young adults are involved in training for two to three and a half years by the same company, and actively participate in business processes. Once they completed the training, they have been already qualified for the labour market. A further advantage of the German dual system consists in the strong financial and substantive involvement of enterprises.
Qualified vocational training provides the basis of innovation, competitiveness, and growth, and thus the prosperity of a country, Scholz emphasised, and added: “And of Europe, and thus for all of us.”

Co-Operation On Many Levels

Scholz praised the recent efforts in intensify the already close cultural and political relationship between Germany and France, and particularly thanks his predecessor, the Saarland Prime Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer for her work. In addition to the German-French Cultural Council, numerous other individuals and institutions across state borders have been and are working together. “They all take care of the cohesion of our two countries at the heart of Europe – from the mediation of cultural heritage to the strengthening of regional identity, which is said to be a prerequisite of our European identity. Or by bringing together young people, which is so important to understand each other. Scholz concluded by saying: “I wish both France and Germany a bright future together. And I am pleased to be involved in it by my new role.”

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