It this "Dual System": the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GIC) and the schoolwork together in close cooperation with the training companies. They jointly discuss and decide on the curriculum. The chamber conducts the whole traineeship and the final examination as well.
The basic curriculum for the traineeship - the "KMK-Rahmenlehrplan" - is issued in Germany and each Bundesland decides independently on its own "Lehrplan".
Since 1994, the Head of the Vocational Training Department has been sent by the German government.
Until 2002 the curriculum and the written examinations in Hong Kong were exactly the same as it is in Nordrhein-Westfalen. There were only some minor deviations in the oral exams and in the "Prüfungsordnung".
In the school year 2002/2003 we decided to shift the focus of the traineeship to "Foreign Trade" and the business environment in Hong Kong and in China. We introduced "Chinese Studies" as a new subject and established "Logistics and Transport Management" as a second stream.
The German "KMK-Rahmenlehrplan" is still the basis of the curriculum in Hong Kong, but it has been adjusted to meet the needs of the companies involved.
HK$ 7,500.00 per month (1st Year Trainees)
HK$ 8,500.00 per month (2nd Year Trainees)
School Fees: HK$ 37,107 per year (paid by the trainees)
Contribution to GIC: HK$ 8,400 per year (paid by the companies)
The certificate is currently not recognised in Hong Kong but the GIC is in contact with various universities in Hong Kong and facilitates the trainees to find agreements with universities to study further in Hong Kong. With their certificate, students are able to get one year of a 3 years Bachelor course waived.
The minimum German language proficiency for the trainees is to be able to read German and to follow a German discussion.
A few of the trainees join from GSIS in Hong Kong or other German schools in the region. Some move to Hong Kong with their parents, and we also have Hong Kong Chinese students who come from one of the Hong Kong Universities with a bachelor degree.
The average student is aged 20 to 22.
Rental is not subsidised by the companies, so students need to be financially supported by the family. The GIC can assist in finding suitable accommodation.