The dual vocational training system is one which I have personally experienced and have found to be quite adequate in achieving its intended goal.
Since completing my Professional Diploma in Education in UCC in 2013 an opportunity to teach and live in Germany arose and I took it. In total I lived there for three years and in those years I worked in four vocational schools.
I gained valuable experience and had the privilege of teaching both apprentices and leaving certificate students. I observed a pleasant dichotomy, which exists within German schools, one finds both leaving cert students and apprentices in the same place and at the same time. They learn side by side, share teachers and resources and help create an enriching atmosphere of professionalism found within the school campus.