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Increasing employability of young people through Policy changes in Educational Systems: The Mexican Model of Dual Formation

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This case study analyzes the policy process that led to the creation of the Mexican Model of Dual Formation, or MMFD (Modelo Mexicano de Formación Dual). It highlights competence as a success criterion through each section of the Reform Compass policy cycle. The process was started by gathering the stakeholders in a decision making body early on within the political process and forming a strategic core group from representatives of the private sector, government, school systems and a German-Mexican chamber of commerce. The group was able to successfully set the agenda at the national level and make dual systems a topic within the Mexican-German bilateral agenda. Tropicalizing or adapting German dual systems was possible by formulating a pilot program with a group of Mexican states, private firms and the educational system. The implementation of the program faced few barriers to change due to the increasing demand of skilled technicians in Mexico, especially in the automobile sector. Evaluation of the pilot program could significantly increase the likelihood of success at the national level.

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