International training opens doors
To ensure that the qualifications of nurses from outside Germany can be swiftly recognised in Germany, partner universities incorporate key elements of German nursing training into their own curricula. Placements and train-the-trainer components are also integral elements of the concept of Global Skills Partnerships.
One programme, many options
Learning how nursing works in Germany: Selected students in each year group studying at the foreign universities involved in the programme can apply to take part and do just that. Special skills labs, with modern equipment funded by the German sponsors Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Federal Ministry of Health, allow students to apply in practice the theoretical knowledge they have acquired. They also attend regular intercultural training sessions as well as general and occupation-specific German language courses, taking them up to the internationally recognised B2 level.
Thanks to reciprocal placements for lecturers and supplementary train-the-trainer programmes, the universities in the countries of origin can reap lasting benefit from Global Skills Partnerships.
Skills labs and practical training
In the Global Skills Partnerships programme in the Philippines, German training content is an integral part of the third and fourth years of the degree course. Two different models are available:
Students decide to undertake an assignment in Germany. They receive a generalist training, in line with the system in place in Germany, and acquire special expertise in areas such as paediatric and geriatric nursing, which scarcely feature in the curricula in the Philippines. They also obtain an in-depth understanding of the German health system and attend general and occupation-based German language courses. After obtaining a degree in the Philippines, they attend a supplementary semester that focuses on Germany-specific practical training. This helps significantly in speeding up the process of qualification recognition in Germany.
Students decide to remain in their home country following the Global Skills Partnerships programme. They are free to choose between the generalist training content offered as part of cooperation with German partners, but they do not take German language courses. They acquire additional professional expertise and can make use of the practical training to further their career in the Philippines. Currently, the Home Track is being implemented. In future it will be an additional training option.
The training partnership with Mexico currently takes the form of a supplementary one-year course. It is available to both fully trained nurses and those who have not yet obtained formal qualifications, and is the basis for working in Germany.
Students obtain the generalist knowledge they need and the special professional knowledge about the German health system. They also attend German language courses and receive practical training to help them put the additional theoretical knowledge they have acquired into practice. During the course, participants receive a cost-of-living allowance that is paid by their future German employer. In the long term, Mexico will adopt the Philippines’ training concept, integrate the relevant content in the curricula of the third and fourth years of the degree course, as well as introduce a supplementary semester.
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