Labour Policies & Vocational Training

Germany follows a system known as the ‘Social Market Economy’, which in India is called ’Inclusive Growth’.


Germany follows a system known as the ‘Social Market Economy’, which in India is called ’Inclusive Growth’. Since the end of the Second World War, Social Market Economy has become the brand for the way Germany has been ensuring fair competition and providing general and vocational education, social protection, workers’ representation at the workplace (the so-called co-determination) and welfare for its people. The aim is to pursue growth while serving the whole society. The Social Market Economy is the foundation of Germany’s economic strength and social stability.

Successful social market economy model

BMAS- Brochure on Social Security at a Glance

National Security Report 2014

History of Social Security in Germany

Circumstances of persons with impairments


Training centre of Bosch in India

Vocational Education & Training (VET)

Vocational education and training is an important area of Indo-German strategic bilateral partnership. One of India’s biggest challenges as well as advantages is its growing young population. 12 million workforce are entering the labour market every year. They have to be educated and skilled to get productive and decent jobs to improve their livelihood.India targets to skill 400 million workforce till 2022, and Germany is one of its strong partners for this.

Social and ecological standards also need to be maintained for a sustainable growth.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) aims at a socially and ecologically sustainable way of running business. In Germany, which already has a set of high mandatory social and ecological standards, CSR is an instrument to improve sustainability even further. During the last years a lot of important measures described in the national action plan 2010 have been conducted. The responsible German Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is taking the CSR-process ahead with new initiatives. In India CSR is of high importance as well, regulated through a new “Companies Act” since May 2014.

German economy avoided recession in early 2012

Occupational Security and Health

India has in recent years gone through a remarkable period of economic growth. Economic growth is very often accompanied by growth of accidents at the work place. The Government of India, Ministry of Labour and Employment and the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) both follow the aim to promote the safety and health and the social protection of workers. This applies in particular to the construction sector that is considered as one of the most dangerous industries worldwide. DGUV have been in close cooperation with several Partners in India for a couple of years.

German Social Accident Insurance

Occupational Health and Safety in the Construction Industry [pdf, 639.11k]

Cooperation on Social Accident Insurance

Interview with h.c. Karl-Heinz Noetel

Indo-German economic relations at a new high

Social Security Agreement between Germany and India regarding overseas workers

Germany is one of India’s most important trading partners and ranks among the top ten foreign investors in this country. Bilateral trade volume between the two countries has grown dynamically during the last decade. This has led to an increase in the exchange of professionals from both countries, thereby creating a need to simplify regulations on social security between the two countries.

Volkswagen Group opens training academy in India

Living & Working in Germany

Here are some guidelines regarding rules and regulations for non-EU nationals who want to work in Germany. Compiled information on many other practical issues like validity of your driving licence, finding an accomodation and job as well as some common phrases and expressions in German language would be helpful for you.

Labour Policies & Vocational Training

Apprentices at a training centre of the car manufacturer BMW in Munich

Make it in Germany

Make it in Germany

The 'Make it in Germany' portal gives the key information about making a career and living in Germany.

German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB)

German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB)

The German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB) is the umbrella trade union organisation representing the German trade union movement.

Confederation of German Employer Organisations (BDA)

Confederation of German Employer Organisations (BDA)

The Confederation of German Employer Organisations (BDA) represents the interests of businesses in areas such as labour market, labour law, education, social and pay policy.