German Embassy’s Skills Initiative Road Show Travels Eastern US Nov. 12-20

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs


Since 2012 the German Embassy in the U.S. has been working with German and American businesses to provide local training and education on reinvigorating the workforce training system in this country to better match Germany’s successful dual training style.  The Skills Initiative has been presented to various institutions in the U.S. since it was announced, but starting this week the Department of Economics at the German Embassy in Washington, DC will be hitting the road throughout the Eastern U.S. to further spread their message.

Beginning Nov. 12, the Skills Road Show will make its way from Atlanta to Indianapolis, and will end in Newark, New Jersey on Nov. 20.  At each stop the team will be meeting with high school and community college students interested in learning more about Germany’s career training initiatives, and will offer these students the chance to ask questions about the benefits of this style of training.

The tour isn’t just for students though.  Business leaders, education representatives, union organizers, and government officials will all have the opportunity to gain a better understanding on how they can apply the German style dual training here in America.

German Ambassador Peter Ammon has met with various state Governors throughout 2013, and his message has been that the Skills Initiative “is a win-win idea. Everyone benefits. German-American cooperation in workforce skills development will provide opportunities in local communities across the USA for good jobs, quality training and businesses that succeed in the US and global markets.”

Joining the Embassy on the Road Show are three individuals that have had years of experience implementing or using the dual training program.  Norbert Fuhrmann, a teacher from Germany, Josh Moon, a trainer from Stihl USA’s Norfolk, Virginia headquarter, and his trainee, Daniel Swartzel will be onsite sharing their own experiences with the training model.

Below is the complete tour schedule, and for even more information, feel free to visit the Embassy website included in the source links below.



Skills Road Show Calendar

November 12-13  –  Atlanta, Georgia
November 14  –  Charlotte, North Carolina
November 15  –  Arlington, Virginia
November 17-18  –  Indianapolis, Indiana
November 19  –  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
November 20  –  Newark, New Jersey


Photo: Stihl Incorporated training center in Virginia (©

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