Audi Stakeholder Forum 2015
In October 2015, the first vocational training conference entitled “Opportunities for dual education in Hungary” took place at AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft. The conference, whose patron was Minister for National Economics Mihály Varga, provided around 200 participants with a platform for networking, shop talk and discussions surrounding the future form of dual education in Hungary. The stakeholder dialogue was initiated by Audi in partnership with the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DUIHK), the German Embassy and the Hungarian government.
“Employees with excellent qualifications are the key to the long-term success of a company. With that in mind, we have been promoting dual vocational training at Audi Hungaria since 2001,” remarked Dr. Elisabeth Knab, Human Resources Director of Audi Hungaria. Audi enters into dialogue with relevant stakeholder groups in order to bring all parties together in optimising the vocational training concept for juniors and promoting this model. “I am delighted that we have together succeeded in getting the first vocational training conference off the ground. Audi Hungaria as the region’s major employer is delighted to provide the framework for the event,” continued Dr. Elisabeth Knab.
The aim of the conference was to encourage an ongoing exchange of knowledge and experiences between the training partners, from the decision-makers at government level to the representatives and experts of vocational colleges and industry. Participants had an opportunity to discuss the current situation and general context of dual vocational training, spell out their requirements and jointly develop perspectives and optimum solutions for the future. The spotlight was placed on how dual vocational training benefits Hungary and companies operating in Hungary, because training is a fundamental aspect of economic success. The fact remains that the image and acceptance of dual vocational training in Hungary need a further boost for the venture to succeed. It is moreover the task of all parties concerned to communicate the individual success factors behind dual vocational training. For those receiving training at Audi, they include a qualification that is recognised internationally, as well as bilingual training.
“Amid the cut and thrust of international competition, Hungary can only hold its own if the proportion of young people and adults with vocational qualifications increases, but at the same time the quality of training itself must improve,” declared Ildikó Jakabucz, Deputy Head for Vocational Training at the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. “Vocational training is the field in which the future requirements of industry must be anticipated. That means the training content must be brought up to date, but we also need to offer school-leavers and parents incentives for choosing vocational training, above all for vocations in which specialists are in short supply,” she added.
Dr. Elisabeth Knab, Hungarian Minister of National Economy Mihály Varga, the Vice President of the DUIHK, Ildikó Jakabucz, and the German Ambassador Heinz-Peter Behr opened the conference. The agenda featured discussions and workshops on the subject of dual education, as well as expert talks by speakers such as Dr. László Odrobina, Deputy Secretary of State for National Economy. Other experts in the field spoke for example on the “German-Hungarian Joint Project on International Vocational Training”, “Dual Vocational Training and its Impact on the Employment Market” and “Career through Vocational Training”.