Project to internationally promote vocational training

The German Mittelstand (a socio-economic model comparable to the middle class) and also craftsmenship in general, form the backbone of German economy. For many emerging and developing countries, vocational training offers an opportunity for a positive economic and, as a consequence, also political development. At the same time, the apprenticeship system faces enormous challenges. Not only in Germany, but above all in emerging and developing countries, fewer and fewer school graduates choose a vocational training over a university degree.
The objective of this project is to find innovative ways to promote apprenticeships and vocational training in order to reduce global youth unemployment. To solve this challenge we, Westerwelle Foundation, Sinal Do Vale and the DO School, invited 20 fellows to Brazil to create ideas and possible solutions as well as to pilot the solution in an exemplary country.
Our goal is to enable emerging and developing countries to improve their vocational training systems without having to deal with the numerous preconditions and requirements that are typical for the German “Dual System of Vocational Training”.


  • 20 young entrepreneurs from 18 different countries work together for 10 weeks on the Sinal do Vale campus in Brazil on concrete measures to internationally promote vocational training. The solutions should be sustainable, scalable and applicable in different emerging and developing countries.
  •  Afterwards, they return to their home countries to launch their own ventures. During a 10 month period they will be supported be the DO School with skills and methods, mentorship and advice from their peers within the DO School network.
  • The Callenge is also supported by the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Skills Foundation