The German-Israeli collaborative vocational education programme is a cooperation project between the Israeli Ministry of Economics and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It has been active since 1969. In 2011, a governmental agreement on bilateral collaboration in respect of professional training and advanced training was concluded. The Nationale Agentur beim Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung is the executive authority in Germany and has implemented the programme on behalf of the BMBF since 2013.
The programme has two basic objectives: It has to stimulate the further development of vocational education at various levels. Further, the programme contributes to the manifold cooperation relationships between Israel and Germany. It affords vocational education experts and trainees in various vocational areas the opportunity to learn from each other, to experience the different day-to-day realities, and thus deepen the mutual understanding. In regular forum sessions, both ministries decide on the cooperation’s content priorities. The exchange of teams of experts and the topic-oriented collaboration in project teams, for instance, solar energy and curriculum development/modularisation at vocational education institutions, are part of the cooperation format. Within the framework of an exchange, about 18 trainees have participated in vocationally oriented internships and activities in the relevant partner country’s companies and other education facilities since 2012. Seminars and conferences on current issues in vocational education are organised within the framework of the Israeli programme.
The film "Austausch von Auszubildenden zwischen Deutschland und Israel" accompanies german apprentices in the food service industry and israeli apprentices in building trades during an professional exchange in the opposite country.