Selected Project References


Implementation of the practice-oriented dual vocational training in the hotel and catering industry

Qualification of management and teaching staff as well as students in training courses focusing on cook and receptionist. Intensification of cooperation with the hotel and catering sector. Improving the entry requirements of graduates in the Albanian and European labor markets.

Know-how transfer and consulting with the aim to support the reform efforts of NAVTEQ in VET in Hamburg and Tirana.

Donor: EU under Erasmus +
Period: 01/2015 - 6/2017
Responsible: Hamburg Institute for Vocational Education and Training (HIBB)



Employment and Vocational Education and Training in Belarus

Strengthening the link between VET provision and the private sector in order to increase the relevance of services and courses whereby the development of the NQF (National Qualifications Framework) was accompanied by the development of new professional standards, including qualifications. Improvement of the LMIS (Labour Market Information System) for modernising vocational education and training, improving the image of vocational education and training, supporting the implementation of effective mechanisms for vocational guidance and guidance in vocational education and training, and strengthening capacities and management in vocational training institutions, including training, advice and cooperation with the private sector.

Donor: EU
Period: 03/2017 – 03/2021
Responsible: GFA Consulting Group


Germany, Hamburg

Quality assurance for dual vocational training

The German Federal Vocational Training Act (BBiG) mandates the chambers with the implementation and the quality assurance of dual vocational training for their respective circumscriptions. The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce is the mandated authority for the Hamburg business community. She checks and registers the 5,000 companies involved in dual vocational training and the 10,000 in-company trainers qualified to conduct practical training within the company. The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce manages the co-operation of companies and vocational school and arbitrates in conflict situation throughout the training period. The organization of 20,000 examinations per year and the issuing of certificates it a major activity and the privilege of Chambers in the German system of dual vocational training. The Chamber is the link between the companies and the vocational schools and it advocates the demands of the business community in the everyday process of quality assurance.

Donor: Hamburg economy
Period: 1969 – ongoing
Responsible: Hamburg Chamber of Commerce



Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI phase 1-3)

Modernisation of the traditionally purely in-company apprenticeship system by supplementing and upgrading competence based modular apprenticeship programmes at vocational schools. Support of the national vocational training agency COTVET in the development and implementation of accreditation-, testing- and certification procedures. Promotion of the cooperation between state vocational training offers and the private sector by promoting industry associations, e.g. in the training of in-company trainers. In cooperation with PLANCO Consulting GmbH.

Donor: German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH
Period: 01/2012 - 03/2019
Responsible: GFA Consulting Group GmbH and Hamburg Chamber of Commerce



Support for VET reform in Kosovo

Support of the newly created VET Agency, training of agency staff and those of the pilot schools. Improving cooperation with the business sector and entry requirements for Kosovar graduates into the European labor market. Further development of options for the qualification of training staff and trainees in the field of IT, automotive, building and construction and metalworking.

Donor: German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH
Period: 2014 - 2015
Responsible: GFA Consulting Group GmbH and Hamburg Institute for Vocational Education and Training (HIBB)



Introducing an adapted system of dual vocational training to Madagascar

In Madagascar, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce supported the local Chambers of Commerce and Industry and their Federation in the development of a system adapted to local conditions, while keeping the lead role of private sector as a key success factor for vocational training. Today, Chambers coordinate the one-year trainings and issue local training certificates. Support was given in the development of curricula, the identification of participating companies, training of trainers and through capacity building for the Malagasy Chambers of Commerce and Industry and their Federation to operate the system. The project was awared the World Chamber Championship in 2009.

Donor: BMZ via sequa
Period: 10/2004 – 05/2011
Responsible: Hamburg Chamber of Commerce



Promotion of vocational training in western Mongolia

Supporting the Mongolian Government through the development of networks of regional actors in the field of education and VET in order to establish a demand-oriented vocational training system that offers students, the unemployed and job seekers an optimal counselling option and training opportunities. Creation of demand-oriented curricula and advice for vocational schools aiming to optimize their management teachers-qualifications, network capacities and career advice.

Donor: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Period: 09/2012 – 12/2015
Responsible: GFA Consulting Group GmbH



Mobile training centres for the rural population

Design, provision and piloting of 4 mobile employment agencies in rural areas in Morocco. Advising the National Employment Agency (ANAPEC) in specifying employment potential and qualification requirements for disadvantaged target groups. In cooperation with local training providers: offering vocational preparatory technical training measures and developing and implementing a standard module for integration in companies "Soft Skills".

Donor: German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH
Period: 09/2016 – 12/2018
Responsible: GFA Consulting Group GmbH


Russian Federation

Training of school leaders in core areas of vocational education according to the German model

A group of school principals have been introduced to the main features and structure of the practice-oriented Dual training system and VET regulations (curricula, learning-location cooperation and examination procedures by chambers). This included visits to various companies.

Donor: Chelyabinsk Institut für berufliche Bildung und Entwicklung
Period: 05/2017
Responsible: Hamburg Insitute for Vocational Education and Training (HIBB)


South Korea

Training for teachers in practice-oriented dual training

Experts from the HIBB have trained a group of teachers in various training courses on the principle of "train the trainer" with the aim of improving the performance of VET in South Korea. Teachers get to know the basics of principles and structure of the Dual training system and the regulations of the respective training program (curricula, learning-location cooperation and examination procedures by chambers). This included visits to the appropriate companies

Donor: Sahmyook Health College Seoul
Period: 06/2015
Responsible: Hamburg Insitute for Vocational Education and Training (HIBB)



Employment pact for Tunisia

The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce contributed to the success of the employment pact for Tunisia in enhancing the existing cooperation between a public training institution and private companies in the after sales automotive service. In workshops with company representatives and institutional trainers, the existing alternating training with company internships was refined into dual-type training. To that purpose, the official curriculum was split into elements for workplace training and for school instruction. Companies became involved in the process of candidate selection and were attributed the same person for all phases of practical training, allowing for the company to integrate the trainee into its work processes. In cooperation with the Tunisian-German Chamber of Commerce an additional certificate for practical training and a training of trainers were introduced.

Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs via sequa
Period: 01/2012 – 02/2015
Responsible: Hamburg Chamber of Commerce