Agreement on professional orientation between the federal government and the state

Enabling educational qualifications, opening up educational connections, designing educational chains – that is the aim of an agreement concluded by the federal government, the state and the Federal Employment Agency. The aim of the agreement is to increase the proportion of young people who successfully complete vocational training or study.



Press release

Ministry of Education Rhineland-Palatinate

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To this end, the transition from school to work should be supported, accompanied and made as smoothly as possible. This also makes a contribution to securing skilled workers in the country. To this end, the actors at the local, school and state levels in Rhineland-Palatinate work hand in hand. The federal government is supporting the systematic expansion of the existing structures over a period of six years, 2021-2026, with 23 million euros.

The agreement was concluded between the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Education, the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Economics, the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Labor and the Rhineland-Palatinate Regional Directorate of the Federal Employment Agency.

Federal Minister for Education and Research, Anja Karliczek: “With the education chain agreement, we are creating a uniform and binding system for professional orientation and the transition to professional training. To do this, we are pooling the strengths of the federal and state governments. This is another step in making career choices easier for young people. It is particularly important to me that young people can identify their strengths individually. With the nationwide effect of this measure, it no longer depends on chance whether a young person has access to a career orientation measure or not. I am pleased that with this agreement the state of Rhineland-Palatinate is deepening and expanding its participation in the educational chains initiative. I also hope that there will be further dynamism in the cooperation between the federal government and the state. “

Federal Minister for Labor and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil: “In the Education Chains Initiative, the federal government, the federal states and the Federal Employment Agency work hand in hand to give young people a good start in their careers. Joint support is particularly important in these difficult times so that young people can see their future prospects in company-based vocational training. These skilled workers are our future. I am therefore very happy about the conclusion of the new education chain agreement with Rhineland-Palatinate. I also call on employers to take advantage of our trainee bonus, which we use to specifically support in-company training in the corona pandemic. “

Minister of Education Dr. Stefanie Hubig, who led the negotiations for Rhineland-Palatinate, emphasizes: “In Rhineland-Palatinate, we already have a comprehensive and nationwide system of professional orientation. This includes offers for career and study orientation in schools, accompaniment and support when entering the world of work and in the transition from school to work, as well as numerous support options for schoolchildren with special needs. We now want to take the opportunity to further develop this system in close cooperation with the partners at federal and state level. The fact that we are among the first federal states to sign such an agreement underscores how important the issue is to us. “

The Rhineland-Palatinate Minister of Economic Affairs Daniela Schmitt adds: “The choice of career is central for young people. Our goal is to strengthen dual training. In order for this to succeed, young women and men need to know what options there are for them. Vocational orientation is a very central instrument in promoting training. With the measures planned in the federal-state agreement, young people can explore various occupational fields, try out practical things and discover their talents in the process. “

Minister of Labor Alexander Schweitzer on this: “The corona pandemic was and is a great burden for all of us. And even if we can currently see a positive development, we will have to struggle with the consequences for even longer. This applies in particular to young people transitioning to work. For the next few years, it will be important to accompany and support the young people so that they have a chance of good training and good work. That is why, within the framework of the educational chains, we focus on avoiding dropping out of training and helping young people achieve a successful professional qualification. “

Heidrun Schulz, Chairwoman of the Board of Management of the Rhineland-Palatinate-Saarland Regional Directorate of the Federal Employment Agency: “The choice of career is one of the most important decisions a young person makes. The career counselors in the employment agencies support and accompany the young women and men in realistically assessing their interests, skills and opportunities and point out individual decision-making and action strategies. Our federal-state agreement offers the possibility to network the offers of all partners and thus enables an optimal transition from school to work. “

The basis for the present agreement is the overall concept of the federal government for the “further development and expansion of the educational chain initiative, the skilled workers strategy for Rhineland-Palatinate and the state concept“ Competent in their own right – the future is on the way ”. In order to bring all instruments and measures even more closely into a systemic context and to support sustainable structural development, the federal government, the BA and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate conclude this agreement with the following eight fields of action:

  1. Professional orientation
  2. Further development of the system in the transition area
  3. Individual support during the transition from school to work
  4. Support during vocational training
  5. Innovative ways into vocational training
  6. Development of inclusive approaches in the transition from school to work
  7. Integration of people with a migration background through training
  8. Systematic involvement of parents in vocational orientation and at the transition from school to work

The education chains initiative was launched in 2010 and has developed into a central cooperation instrument of the federal government, the BA and the federal states for the coordination of education, labor market and economic policy issues and challenges when starting a career. The initiators of the education chains initiative are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS). Together with the BA and the federal states, they are committed to creating successful funding instruments for a coherent funding system in vocational orientation, in the transition area and in training

You can find more information about the Education Chains Initiative and the full text of the agreement here.

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