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Industrywide Vocational Training | General Information

The industry-wide vocational training focuses on learning content which cannot be conveyed in most companies and ensures that all trainees are aware of the latest techniques and developments. The industry-wide training in itself is part of the vocational training in the individual businesses. In the profession of hearing-aid acoustics the industry wide vocational training is organized by the Federal Guild of Hearing-aid Acousticians (Bundesinnung der Hörgeräteakustiker KdöR) through the Academy of Hearing-aid Acoustics in Lübeck. The training program is based on the curriculum approved by the Federal Ministry of the Economy.
The industry-wide vocational training ensures that all apprentices in this profession have access to the same learning content which is based on the regulations of the vocational training, the curriculum and the schooling plans in line with the new training concept.
The Academy of Hearing-aid Acoustics and the National Vocational School for Hearing-aid Acousticians work closely together. In the third and second to last training course the integrated industry-wide training takes place on so called ‚project and practice days’ which are content-wise directly linked to the vocational training in school. Lectures of the Academy organize these project days in close cooperation with the teachers of the National Vocational School.

The industry-wide vocational training leading to the Hearing-aid acoustic journeyman exam is organized as follows:
  • Integrated industry-wide training
  • Concentrated industry-wide training
The first part of the industry-wide training is integrated in the 3. teaching unit in the second year of apprenticeship, i.e. each week there is a specific day devoted to the subjects repair techniques and Otoplastic. The same goes for the second part which is offered in the 7th teaching unit respectively 6th for re-trainees, in the third year of apprenticeship. Subjects then are Audiology and Fitting of Hearing Systems. The classed are always divided in two groups. Lecturers of the Academy as well as qualified teachers of the National Vocational school do the teaching.
The Academy is responsible for the organization, the allocation of material and classrooms as well as the administrative process.
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After these four weeks of vocational training, there is a week of concentrated industry-wide training, which sometimes may also take place before the 4th teaching unit. For the entire week the students remain in the group they have been assigned to. This way each apprentice has the opportunity to enhance his skills and knowledge as he/she receive another 2 ½ days of training in the subject Repair Techniques and Otoplastics.
The second part of the concentrated industry-wide training which stretches over five days, takes place after the 7th teaching unit. Subjects are: Audiometry and Fitting of Hearing Systems. For organizational reasons this part may also be moved before the 8th teaching unit.
We would like to stress that both integrated industry-wide training days (measuring box/in situ and scaling of volume) will be held by lecturers of the Academy and in exceptional cases by experienced hearing-aid acousticians with a master craftsman certificate.
In the second phase of concentrated industry-wide training experienced hearing-aid acousticians (master craftsman) in close cooperation with lecturers of the Academy, will pass on their know how to the apprentices.
For the second part 30 measuring rooms are available at the Academy. Furthermore we have about 70 adult test persons (with hearing system) who have volunteer to act as test persons for our students.

 

Most important objectives of this concept are:
  • Realization of a continuous, practice-oriented approach in vocational and industry-wide training
  • Close concerted cooperation of teachers and lecturers
  • Enhanced practice-orientation of vocational training
  • Better, more time efficient integration of industry-wide training into overall training process
  • Shorter periods of absence from the companies by use of joint time resources
  • Less industry-wide training days at business’ costs and no additional trips to industry-wide training centres
  • Experienced hearing-aid acoustic master craftsmen and representatives from the industry ensure a strong practice orientation
  • Flexibility in industry-wide training to cover new techniques and developments
While one part of these objectives is realized simply by organizational measures, the other part focuses on the pedagogical approach which is also defined by the training and exam regulations, which state for example that the skills and knowledge should be passed on in way that enables the trainee to exercise a qualified profession which includes in particular independent planning, performing and reviewing.

 

General information on subsidies for the industry wide training

The Chamber of Trade Lübeck, responsible for the approval of the relevant subsidies has stated clearly that a funding of the industry wide training is only possible if the apprentices take part in the industry wide training courses over the entire scheduled period.

 

In case of sick leave students must try to make up for the missed training day

In case of the integrated form, which due to the close cooperation between National vocational school and Academy is already one day shorter than usual, the complete re-sitting of the missed part is an inalienable condition for the approval of subsidies. In this context it should be taken into consideration that not only had the introduction of the integrated from training-related pedagogical advantages, the presence of apprentices in their companies could also be extended by two days which in turn saves the companies two nights accommodation in Lübeck.
The National Vocational School as well as the Academy try to enable apprentice to make up for classes missed due to sick leave during the ongoing course. However, should this not be possible for organizational reasons, the subsidies will be cancelled and the apprenticing company will be charged for the full amount of the training course. Alternatively the apprentice would have to travel to Lübeck in order to re-sit the class which is usually difficult to organize and implies further costs for the apprenticing company.

 

Settlement of costs for the industry wide training

The industry wide training falls within the responsibility of the apprenticing companies which have assigned part of this responsibility to the Academy which ensures continuously high quality standards and expertise even in very specific fields and always has the latest technical equipment available. In as far as the costs are concerned this means that the apprenticing companies have to cover the costs for the industry wide training unless stipulated otherwise. Costs include course fees, traveling expenses as well as costs for room and board which may be passed on in parts to the apprentice for reasons of ‚savings at home’.
The four training industry wide training courses are funded by the relevant Federal Ministry respectively the relevant ministry of the federal states. The amount of subsidies paid will accounted for separately in the individual invoices.

 

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European Social Funds
The industry wide training courses for participants from the federal states Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia are financed by the social fund of the European Community (ESF) and with contributions of the federal states through the Chambers of Trade.
The European Social Funds are the European Community’s most important tool to develop human capital and to improve the functioning of the labor markets. It supports equal opportunities on the job market and the creation of new work places as well as the vocational training and qualification and thus helps fight unemployed and facilitates the professional reintegration of unemployed persons.
With this note the Academy of Hearing-aid Acoustic complies with the European Commission Regulation No. 1159/2000 on information and publicity measures.