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Don Bosco launches VETnet programme in collaboration with Indo-German Chamber of Commerce at Chinchwad, Pune

By Brother Sheldon Dias
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Mumbai, Dec. 6. CHINCHWAD, DEC 5, 2015: After the successful completion of the three-month Vocational Education and Training (VET) programme, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, Pune in collaboration with Don Bosco Private Industrial Technical Training Institute, Chinchwad launched its first one-year VETnet programme on Tuesday, December 1.

The event was attended by dignitaries from the German government and representative companies from India and Germany. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and supported by the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK).  

The welcome note was delivered by Dr Sabine Donauer from German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), followed by introductory welcome messages by Peter Deubet, Deputy Director General, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce and Fr Corlis Gonsalves the Director of Don Bosco Private Industrial Technical Training Institute. They highlighted the role played by IGCC, Don Bosco and the German Government in promotion of vocationall education and dtraining among Indian students.

Father Savio Silveira, Vice Provincial of the Mumbai Province, then elaborated on the history of Don Bosco training institutes from Italy to around the globe, as one of the leaders in vocational education and training.. Frank Hoffman, Senior Manager, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, Pune briefed the audience about the VETnet project.

A live interview session was held between Alexander Ley, Senior Manager - Design and Engineering, BPW Trailer Systems India (one of the participating company) and Alfred Ramsey (VETnet apprentice). There was a panel discussion on the topic 'Skill India to Make in India' with company heads of three participating companies - Mubea India, Bharat Forge and Schmersal;  VK Shukla from Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India and Juergen Maennicke of iMOVE.
The discussion was moderated by Maren Verfürth from Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Germany.

The Dual Vocational System of Germany is a model for several countries. It has helped Germany maintain a low youth unemployment rate, has secured a supply of skilled labor to its companies and has thereby increased the competitiveness of Germany's economy. To ensure a high quality of this Vocational Training and Education (VET), the Chambers of Commerce act as independent and neutral coordinator between companies, training institutes and other stakeholders. In India the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce aims to implement the key elements of the German Dual Vocational Education and Training System. The VETnet project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and supported by the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK). Similar vocational training projects are being implemented by the German chambers of commerce in Brazil, China, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain and Thailand.

Dr Juergen Wuttke, head of Social and Labour Affairs, VET, German Embassy, New Delhi proposed a vote of thanks.
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