On the 13th of July 2011, students of the Department Business and Human Resource Education of the University of Paderborn had the opportunity to present self-developed reform approaches concerning vocational education to practice representatives. They were accompanied by the docents Prof. Dr. H. -Hugo Kremer, Marcel Gebbe and Andrea Zoyke. By the Cevet-network and by the support of the district government Detmold, the following four stakeholders could be obtained: Mr Naewe (headmaster of the Ludwig-Erhard vocational school in Paderborn), Herr John (deputy headmaster of the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer vocational school in Detmold) and Mr. Buder (consultant of the district government Detmold, teacher at the Friedrich-List vocational school in Herford) and Mr. Kuhlmann (manager of the self-operating schools of district Lippe).
The session took place in the context of the master-module "Vocational Education", which enabled theoretical foundations as well as numerous practical insights into the Vocational Education for the students. For this purpose a practical forum has already taken place beforehand, where Mr. Bödeker (department head of the administration of schools of the administrative district Detmold) and Mr. Buder answered questions of students. Basis for the reform approaches was a preceding expertise of students on current challenges of vocational schools, which was based on literature research and the practical forum. Subsequent to the presentations of the students, the practice representatives were enthusiastic about the range, practical relevance and quality of the themes approached. The students dealt for example with themes like the innovative measures within the scope of quality management, the development of new working time models for teachers at vocational schools or the potential implementation of vocational education components in the dual system. By an inspiring discussion, the students have to combine the different impressions and contributions of the module in a concluding position about the future of vocational schools as a last step.