For two years, the Fraunhofer Center Leipzig and experts from diverse fields have been supporting the main phase of the meta-project on the key funding area “Vocational training export by German educational service providers” of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The central goal of the meta-project was to generate scientifically substantiated insights into the export of vocational educational services. These were to be processed with a practical focus and communicated to export-oriented vocational training service providers in Germany.
To this end, the team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Center Leipzig adopted a meta-perspective of collaborative projects and key players in vocational training from November 2012 to October 2014. Through topic-related focus group meetings, academic symposia and three conferences, they were able to network and share their experiences. On the basis of the findings gained and interviews held during the course of the project, the Fraunhofer Center Leipzig has developed practice-oriented guidelines for the most significant key areas of vocational training export. These are available to download in German.
The research findings are additionally being passed on in the form of a final report and with recommendations to the BMBF. The meta-project and the guidelines are already now providing the blueprint for further activities on this important cross-disciplinary topic.