To manage social, economic and technical tasks, people worldwide should have access to vocational training. Wikipedia or the OLPC project provide school knowledge. But there is no comprehensive offer for vocational training. This project could close the existing gap. I am looking for people who help with their feedback and their own possibilities to realize this idea.
I believe, this project is a door opener for many people around the world to learn the right profession, to make a career, to employ themselves or to study after their education. In addition, the project is suitable to standardize the vocational training worldwide, because it prefers no particular country or educational concept. People at any place in the world, who would like to start an apprenticeship will be able to start by on their own - to complete it successfully after 3 to 6 months in a company at another place in the world.
The Vocational Greencard Foundation
The Foundation collects training materials, organizes translations and publications, support the trainees during the self-learning phase, develop and supervise contractual agreements. It organizes the invitation in companies established in third countries. The Foundation is engaged in public relations and organizes sector-related educational conferences.
Members of the foundation are NGO’s, government agencies and companies. Authorities create the national legal framework. Interim and final examinations will be carried out on site via the Internet, authorities or NGOs. Schools can integrate the materials into their teaching.
As a result, companies can cover their needs for skilled workers much easier than before. In addition, the formation of a highly skilled, multilingual manpower pool in target markets will be encouraged. The risks of investments abroad are lowered. The project helps people to get a vocational training which they cannot obtain in their own country and thus helps to avoid economic migration.
The most powerful graduates of the 3 to 6-month self-study are qualified for the "Vocational Green Card". This green card includes a scholarship to finish the training successfully within a member company. The training company may be in any other country where this vocational education is possible.
The "Pre-Qualification" reduces the costs per trainee and significantly increases the chances of success at the same time. Because only particularly talented participants are trained, a higher benefit is achieved, which should overcompensate the mobility expenses.
Companies can actively influence the number of applicants in certain professions or regions e.g. to meet their planned manpower needs. It is to be expected that the foundation will become established as a worldwide programme for particularly gifted individuals in the vocational training sector.
A common legal framework should be established for transnational cooperation. In my view, this should be based on voluntary desire (like ICC with „incoterms“). For example, insurance law issues and liability issues are to be regulated. The content of the training, the training times and the test criteria are to be determined. As a result, this statutory framework enables the more rapid and successful initiative of bilateral projects in vocational training.
The concept can be tested with manageable financial resources. At least one profession should be tested. In parallel, regulations should be drawn up. The financing of this first project should have assisted with research funds, because it is sufficiently innovative. In addition, the Foundation could help continually develop a worldwide standardized training system for the future.