VHS-Bildungswerk GmbH

VHS-Bildungswerk GmbH is an educational service provider operating in the federal states of Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Thuringia. The focus of its business activities is on the training and further education of young people, employees in the business community and job seekers in the respective regions. Other business areas are child and youth welfare, the promotion of employability and the teaching of pupils in social and care professions. A major focus of the activities in Thuringia is the training of young adults on behalf of Thuringian companies. The company has a total of about 650 employees, 125 of whom work in the Thuringia branch.

The VHS-Bildungswerk GmbH has been performing the task of an inter-company training centre in Gotha since 1990. The legal basis is the confirmation of the training authorisation according to the Vocational Training Act (§27 and §32 BBiG) by the Erfurt Chamber of Industry and Commerce, which is currently available for several industrial metal and electrical professions such as tool mechanic, machining mechanic, mechatronics technician or electronics technician, specialising in industrial engineering.

On the one hand, the VHS-Bildungswerk is a trainer in the sense of §14, Section 1, No. 2 BBiG (Vocational Training Act) and carries out the entire vocational training on behalf of currently 15 regional companies, some of which are of supra-regional importance. On the other hand, it conducts a wide range of supplementary courses for a wide variety of training occupations to support SMEs.

As a training and further education partner of regional companies and as a player in thematic networks, the Bildungswerk is intensively dealing with the technical and interdisciplinary requirements of the digital transformation and its effects on vocational education and training. The employees who work at the inter-company training centre as trainers in the industrial metal and electrical occupations (M+E) implement the training regulations for the industrial M+E occupations that were supplemented with the partial amendment as of 1st August 2018.

The Gothaer inter-company training centre has meanwhile developed into a multifunctional training centre.

Due to the know-how of the educational staff and the fact that the inter-company training centre is equipped to a high technical level, also with the funding support of the federal government (special programme “inter-company training centre Digitalisation”) and the Free State of Thuringia, it performs an important task in the regional educational infrastructure.



Eurocultura since 1993 is a research, training and career counselling organization based in Vicenza, Italy.

Our key competences are mainly related to labour market and training issues. Our projects and activities are aimed to improve the employability of people through training and valuable work experiences abroad, the promotion of entrepreneurship, the promotion of international mobility of students and workers, the prevention and fight against racism and prejudices, the growth in use of new technologies in learning activities.




GEBIFO is a non-university research, consulting and transfer institute founded in 1993 and based in Berlin. With expertise in the area of research and implementation of projects GEBIFO´s business areas include:

  • planning, preparing, carrying out and evaluating projects for vocational education,
  • consulting, coaching, research and innovation services in the field of vocational education,
  • regional, national and international tranfers in the education sector.

GEBIFO also supports small and medium-sized enterprises in the in-company training and further education of their staff.



Šolski center Škofja Loka, Slovenia

Šolski center Škofja loka (School Center Škofja Loka) is situated in the Gorenjska region – the north western part of Slovenia. The tradition of our School Center goes back to the year 1889 when a craftsmen school was established in Škofja Loka. Within the center, there are three independent schools, which educate and train, both students and adults, in various technical fields and to various professional levels.

SC Škofja Loka has four organizational units:

Secondary vocational and technical school of mechanical engineering

Secondary vocational and technical school of wood engineering

Vocational College of mechanical and wood engineering

Business to Business education centre

Secondary School of Mechanical Engineering

-provides education and training in the fields of mechanical engineering, auto-mechanics and plumbing within the following vocational programmes:

Four-year technical programme for:

– mechanical engineering technicians

Two-year vocational-technical programmes for:

– mechanical engineering and auto-service technicians

Three-year vocational programmes for:

– a toolmaker, a machinist, a plumber, a car mechanic and a car body maker

Two-year lower vocational programme for:

– an assistant in technological processes


Secondary School of Wood Engineering

-provides education and training in the fields of wood engineering, woodworking and joinery within the following vocational programmes:

Four-year technical programmes for:

-wood and environmental technicians

Two-year vocational-technical course for:

-wood technicians

Three-year vocational programmes for:

-a joiner and an upholsterer

Two-year lower vocational programme for:

-an assistant in technological processes


Vocational College of Mechanical and Wood Engineering

It was founded in 2004. The school successfully accomplishes its goals of educational programmes for mechanical and wood engineering by providing students with modern and current knowledge and therefore it creates good atmosphere among professors and students.

Each academic year the school invites applications for:

– 70 places for full-time students

– 70 places for open school students


Business-to-Business Education Center

– performs practical training for apprentices, students and vocational college students.

– performs practical training for adults.

– manages and introduces modern technologies to trade and companies.

– optimally integrates modern technologies of practical training and technical-theoretical education at all levels of technical education in the region.

– progresses economic events in the region.

– motivates primary school students for vocational and technical education.

– contributes highly skilled workers at the internationally comparable level for the needs of the industry and trade.

– within national and international projects it contributes and transfers good practices of co-operation between technical education – industry and strives to find new ways of co-operation.