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The Growing Challenge of Youth Unemployment in Europe & USA Cross-Cultural Perspective$
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Radha Jagannathan

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529200102

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529200102.001.0001

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Adaptability of the German Vocational Model to Mediterranean Countries

Adaptability of the German Vocational Model to Mediterranean Countries

(p.165) 7 Adaptability of the German Vocational Model to Mediterranean Countries
The Growing Challenge of Youth Unemployment in Europe & US

Jale Tosun

Julia Weiß

Alexa Meyer-Hamme

Marcel Katzlinger

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This chapter, authored by Jale Tosun, Julia Weiss, Alexa Meyer-Hamme and Marcel Katzlinger undertakes the important task of evaluating – from the German perspective – if the German dual model can be successfully transported to Spain and Italy where youth unemployment has traditionally been, and continues to be acute. Focusing on the involvement of German multinational companies and their subsidiaries abroad, the chapter assesses the efforts Italy and Spain have expended in implementing the German dual vocational education and training model and the extent to which ground realities have had to be taken into account to make the model work locally. In so doing, the chapter treats us to a historical recounting of the educational and labor market systems, their (non)coordination in the two countries, and their current efforts on reform. It is argued that organizational networks can help facilitate the role of German companies as successful transfer agents for dual vocational education and training. The chapter concludes on the optimistic note that if such networks can be created, German companies can inspire other companies to join in their effort, negotiate with vocational schools curricula and learning conditions that fit their needs, and eventually produce policy demand for apprenticeship programs.

Keywords:   German dual education system, Apprenticeship, Dual vocational education and training, DVET, CUPESSE, Varieties of capitalism, Youth Guarantee

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