Kitzingen/ochsenfurt around 3000 schoolchildren, about 200 teachers. These figures alone make it clear: the kitzingen-ochsenfurt vocational school center is an important factor in the education of young people in the region. More than 20 professions can be learned at the two locations kitzingen and ochsenfurt. The three school principals present current trends and necessary directions for the future.
Which professions are currently the most in demand?
Frank deliben (head of the state vocational school center in kitzingen-ochsenfurt): training as a warehouse logistics specialist has been in constant demand for years. We have also seen an increase in the number of agricultural and construction machinery mechatronics technicians.
Gerlinde porzelt (principal i.V. Vocational school in ochsenfurt): one of the most popular professions is certainly automotive mechatronics technician. There is the inflow for years roughly.
And where do the numbers go back?
Deliben: for specialist bakery and confectionery sales staff and in the catering trade. Nine years ago, there were more than 400 trainees in this area, but now there are only 164. The food and supply sector as a whole is in decline.
Where do the schools in kitzingen and ochsenfurt come from??
Robert schofer (principal i.V. Vocational school in kitzingen): most from the districts of kitzingen and ochsenfurt. The winegrowers come from all over bavaria, some of them even from hesse.
There are enough teachers?
Deliben: in principle, we are well staffed. In some areas, however, there is a lack of young talent. In agriculture or in some technical professions. There are also lateral entrants wanted.
Porzelt: the team also includes counseling teachers, two school psychologists and youth social workers, who also do outreach work when necessary. Our goal is to be close to young people.
Deliben: why we place great value on teaching values and understanding democracy, among other things. For me, this is the very own task of the teachers. No PC can do that.
How are the teachers adapting to the constant changes??
Robert schofer: that is certainly one of the biggest challenges for vocational schools. The professional world is always changing. And we have to be pioneers, recognize developments in time and set the course for the future. We therefore attend many further training courses and are in constant contact with companies and chambers of commerce, the employment agency, the school/economy working group and many more.
Porzelt: close networking and direct contact with the real world is certainly one of the major strengths of vocational schools.
Deliben: theory and practice must complement each other.
Doesn’t the curriculum necessarily lag behind the rapid pace of change??
Deliben: this danger is always present. At the moment we are talking about how we can change the curriculum for the winegrowers.
New developments cost money.
Deliben: that’s how it is. And we can be glad that the free state and the county, as regional authorities, are supporting us accordingly. Just think of the coarse machines we need for the bakers or farmers. The necessary renovations to the buildings at both sites are to start shortly. Several million euros are being invested in this area.
Porzelt: we are going to get an electric car for our automotive mechatronics for training purposes, at a special price. But even there, a few thousand euros are quickly gone.
Schofer: the professions are always in a state of flux, new technology is of note. Just think of digitalization.
At the same time, they have to respond to changes in society. With the wave of refugees, vocational integration classes were also formed in kitzingen. How many more classes are there??
Deliben: we started in 2014/2015 with one class and 14 students. Three years later we had 238 students in 13 classes. Currently, there are still nine classes in which 142 students are taught.
A discontinued model?
Deliben: not at all. The model has survived and will continue to be needed in the future.
To what extent?
Porzelt: there will always be labor migration. We can also apply our concept of completing a language diploma and slowly introducing them to the local working world to later generations of immigrants.
Schofer: in germany, workers are needed and in countries like spain, youth unemployment is very high. There will also be a need for this in the coming years.
At the same time, there are also young people in this country who, for various reasons, have not been able to find an apprenticeship or have dropped out of their training.
Deliben: young people we need to take special care of. From the coming school year, we will therefore be offering this group a full-day schooling program with internship opportunities. Instead of one day a week, they will be cared for on all weekdays.
How many students are we talking about??
Schofer: currently 138. The number has been relatively stable for four years.
The number of students in germany has been rising for years. What speaks in favor of vocational training?
Schofer: with a completed education and the appropriate motivation, i can work my way up in a company, earn good money and experience a happy and fulfilling working life.
Deliben: I learned to be a baker and then went on to earn my high school diploma through a vocational training program. The experience I gained during my apprenticeship helped me a lot.
Porzelt: if you’re determined to study after completing your education, it’s easier to find a job during your studies to earn money on the side.
In addition to the vocational schools with specialized vocational schools in kitzingen and ochsenfurt, the state vocational school center also includes the state business school and the FOSBOS in kitzingen.
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