German-Thai Dual Excellence Education (GTDEE) is a two-year vocational education (apprenticeship) programme in which apprentices work and study at the same time.
GTDEE is supported by the Ministry of Education of Thailand and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Thailand. The legal framework for DVET in Thailand is provided by the Thailand Office of Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) and Thai Professional Qualification Institution (TPQI) which the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC) is named as the relevant partner. The GTDEE apprenticeship programme was brought to Thailand by the GTCC in co-operation with founding company partners form the private sector.
Teaching of the knowledge, skills and competences needed for an occupation is based on the typical requirements of work and business processes and prepares the apprentices for a specific job. The training is provided in a company and at a vocational college. In the company, apprentices acquire practical skills in a real working environment. On one or two days per week (depends on the teaching model of the company), apprentices attend part-time vocational college, where they are taught fundamental and vocational knowledge related to their training occupation.
The dual vocational education and training (DVET) concept was developed in Germany and because of its remarkable success, has been adopted in many countries all over the world.