German President Joachim Gauck on Friday emphasised advantages of successful dual vocational training in Germany. "Economy must be willing to take responsibility beyond the needs of the individual company," he said speaking at a conference on 'How to tackle the skills mismatch in India?' organised by the Bertelsmann Foundation and Infosys in Bangalore.
Considerable value in the connection of public and private elements would bring about the public funding of vocational schools, he added.
Later, the German President visited the Bosch Vocational Center (BVC) here and was given an overview of the vocational training and skill development.
During the BVC walk-through, Gauck was taken around the workshop and the mechatronics lab, where he interacted with the apprentices and learned about their experiences with the German model of vocational training.
Speaking to reporters, he said, "German companies provide vocational training not only for their own needs, but also for the market, in general. And this collaboration between business community and the government can serve as a model."
In its effort towards providing skilled workforce, BVC contributes to the growth of the country as the apprentices here are trained on high international standards enabling them to find employment in various industry sectors in India and abroad.
Gauck said Bosch as a company had always been acknowledged for its commitment to building talent and contributing back to the industry, beyond financial gains.
"The number of people being skilled up at BVC surpasses companys business needs. This demonstrates its responsibility to the Indian society and therefore stands out as a role model," he said.
Peter Tyroller, member of the board of management at Robert Bosch GmbH and responsible for Asia-Pacific, said, "For more than 50 years, Bosch in India has developed extensive expertise in the realm of occupational training which helps us ensure the high quality-standard of our products and maintain our competitive edge."
Started in 1961, over 2,400 apprentices have been trained so far and have won 211 gold medals at the All-India Competitions held by Labour Ministry, Bosch Limited Managing Director and President Bosch Group India steffen Berns said.
BVC has been conferred the Best Establishment Award 46 times by the President of India, a distinction, no other company has received in the country, he added.
"In fact, the Government of India used the BVC model for enacting the Apprentices Act way back in 1961," Berns said.