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Philadelphia: The German Dual Education System as a Model: The Potential Benefit to America’s Businesses and Young People

March 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

The Philadelphia Warburg Chapter and the German American Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia will host a discussion and luncheon with Christine Benz, DBA, Training Manager at TRUMPF Inc.

There will be no charge to attend.
RSVP here or to Lauren Konyves ( LKonyves@mmwr.com or 215-772-7257 ) by March 18.


Dr. Christine Benz, initiated and oversees TRUMPF Inc.’s successful registered apprenticeship program, and promotes dual education among businesses, educators, and legislators. She joined TRUMPF Inc. in May 2003, initially working as an engineer in the Laser Development Department, where she developed new laser designs. She then worked as a Manager of Project Engineering in the Customer Service group, where she managed large-scale automation projects. In her current role as Training Manager, she is responsible for providing TRUMPF customers with the knowledge they need to operate high-technology equipment successfully as well as for the continuous training and development of TRUMPF employees. She also serves as a member of Central Connecticut State University’s Industrial Advisory Board. Dr. Benz earned a B.S. in Micro- and Precision Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany, an M.S. in Technology Management at Central Connecticut State University, and a D.B.A. in Organizational Leadership at North Central University.

Abstract: The U.S. youth unemployment rate is twice as high as the national unemployment rate. America’s colleges have the lowest completion rate in the developed world. At the same time, U.S. industries face a labor pool crisis. The skills gap will leave more than 2 million jobs vacant in the skilled manufacturing and information technology sector over the next decade. It is worth asking whether we are doing all we can to create opportunities for success for all young people while eliminating the skills gap to create a workforce that supports the growth of our economy. The Dual Education System is often cited for Germany’s economic success, its low youth unemployment rate, and low levels of earnings inequality. This talk will take a close look at Germany’s Dual Education System and the current state of the U.S. apprenticeship program, with an emphasis on their advantages and opportunities.