Foreman training goes to the next round!

The foreman training in Suzhou has already become a fixture for the FORint department. This year We were able again this year to win a bid for training measures in the Dushu Lake Higher Education Zone together with our partners from the IVT College. Specifically, 80 spots are available for the training to be conducted from 30.08.-07.09.2014.

The local administration sponsors the training with 50% of the training fees, which local companies are elegible for. Our colleagues from the College, especially Mrs. Peng Xiangning and Tom Tian are currently busy recruiting participants. The training´s content is based on the foreman program of recent years. However, the focus this year will be clearly on skills like identifying and solving problems, which have great practical relevance in the every day work process.

Peter von Westernhagen, who, as a coach, has already contributed a large deal to the success of the training last year will be our trainer again for this year´s trainings (one week class and one weekend class are planned so far).

China trip April 2014

FORUM in talks with company representatives in Suzhou

True to the Chinese proverb "to see something once is better then hearing it a hundred times" our colleague from the international team, Achim Richter, was on visit in China to discuss current issues with the partners from the IVT college in Suzhou. As a result, the framework for this year's foreman training was determined. This year 80 slots were allocated to us by the local government, thanks to an enhanced curriculum. These places are now available for company employees, entitling them to a 50% subsidy on the training fee. Last year we had been awarded only 50 slots. The training is traditionally held from late August to mid-September in several groups on the campus of the college. As a coach, we were again able to get the experienced VET experts Peter von Westernhagen on board.

Another destination of the visit was the 7- million - people city of Jieyang (揭阳) in the southeast of Guangdong Province . Since the 80's , the area has developed into an industrial center for metal processing and finishing enterprises for the whole of China. As part of a planned technological "upgrade", sanctioned and supported by the highest authorites in Beijing, the ZhongDe ( Chinese- German ) Eco Metal City is being developed in Jieyang as "beacon project" for the entire country. The focus in winning foreign investors lies clearly on Germany, its companies as well as its research and educational institutions. The need for cooperation is wide, ranging from the exchange of Senior Experts over  technical trainings to strategic partnerships for building a platform for professional qualification. We hope with our expertise in the field of vocational education and training we will be able to tap into another regional market in China.

Forementraining 2013

Forementraining 2013 at IVT Gameboy
AHK Certificate

From September 6.-21. 2013 FORUM carried out, already for the third consecutive year, ist Foremen training in Suzhou (Jiangsu Province) Together with ist partner college IVT, 51 participants were trained on the subject of soft skills. Most of the participants came from two major players in the area, Wyeth nutrition and electronics manufacturer Philips (Suzhou).


As in 2012, the seminar consisted  of 3 and a half days soft-skill-training held by FORUM and 1 and a half day personality development organized by IVT. Due to the high workload at the participant´s companies, we set up a weekend class in addition to the regular class so all participants were able to fulfill there work duties besides the training.


This year we were able to win a new trainer. MR. Peter von Westernhagen, who is highly qualified, being a former teacher at a vocational training academy in Germany. Together with his colleague and translator Mr. Yang he managed to perfectly integrate the topics Role Awareness, Communication, Leadership and Teambuilding into a practice-oriented seminar. During the training the participants had to find solutions to complex tasks, often in the form of a project, applying the newly gained theoretical knowledge, realizing a perfect fit between theory and practice. Mr. von Westernhagen also has a natural gift to continously motivate his students to actively participate and think about alternative solutions, something often mentioned as a weakness of many Chinese employees.


In order to step by step consolidate the learned, further modules are in the planning, which will be developed in the coming weeks by FORUM with the help of Mr. von Westernhagen. The results will then be offered to partners and companies in the region.


We also would like to thank the AHK Shanghai, which has again supported us as certifying partner.

International delegations from the education sector

The international networking is paying off in many fields. Thus through the agency of the partner companies Asia Pacific and China Profis, several delegations from China came to visit FORUM in the second half of the year. The objective of the visits was to familiarize the guests with the workings of the dual system in Germany. With the help of these meetings, FORUM could sharpen its international profile and is now a well-known German educational institution to many education experts in China.

Foremantrainings 2012

in another round of Forementrainings, FORUM together with ist partner college IVT provided, like in the previous year, professional training on the topics of role awareness, communication, leadership and teambuilding. As trainer on board again were Nikolaus Petersen and our Chinese expert Qin Ling. Our head of department/trainer Mrs.Patricia Henkel also conducted parts of the training courses, which provided professional training for a total of 74 participants. The contents of the second round were more compact than in 2011 and with the help of several case studies tailored to the training needs of the respective companies. We received great feedback and another round of trainings for 2013 has already been scheduled.

Chinese delegation visits FORUM

After numerous visits to Suzhou, the members of our international team finally had the opportunity on to reciprocate the so often experienced hospitality of their SIPIVT partner college and its employees from Suzhou. A five-member delegation, headed by Vice President Sun Yaokun, visited Forum on its trip to Germany. Dr. Helmut Riethmüller and his team welcomed the guests the FORUM headquarter. After the warm welcome the partners evaluated the results of the joint foreman trainings in which took place earlier in Suzhou. They also discussed future prospects and avenues of cooperation. In the evening, the guests were introduced to the Berliner Eisbein, a classic Berlin dish, where both sides saluted their partnership with a glass of German beer.

In-house Seminar at Kulicke&Soffa

After the successful training series for foreman in the Dushu Lake Higher Education Zone, FORUM conducted an in-house training at Kulicke & Soffa - a leading international producer of ceramic tips for semiconductors. From November 12th-14th , 30 supervisors of Kulicke&Soffa from received a 3-day training in the areas of "role awareness", "communication” and “leadership" by our expert team Mr. Edmund Damm and Mr. Qin Ling, himself engineer and translator training. Modern methods, the ability to precisely align the curriculum to the special trainings needs of the participants and the opportunity to share their concerns and challenges in a protected environment, resulted in active participation and a very fruitful working atmosphere.

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Foremen Trainings successfully launched

The first of a series of trainings for workers employed in companies located in the Suzhou Higher Education Town has been carried out by FORUM International and SIPIVT college on the new campus in the week from 19.-25. of September. The participants learned about their role as foremen, and acquired skills in leadership, communication, teambuilding and workplace organization. Trainings will resume until the midst of November.

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First Foremen Class Graduates September 2011

Foremen training to take place in September and October 2011

The schedule for training 150 foremen from enterprises in the Dushu Lake Higher Education zone in Suzhou has been set. FORUM will hold four one-week seminars in cooperation with its partner, the IVT college, at the following dates:

week 1: 19.09.-24.09.2011; week 2: 26.09.-01.10.2011; week 3: 10.10.-15.10.2011; week 4: 17.10.-22.10.2011

Hooray - FORUM wins its first tender!

Together with its Chinese partners FORUM has won a tender on May 20th 2011 held by the Dushu Lake Higher Education Zone. As a result, the administrative body of the zone will bear 50% of the training costs for 150 foremen from companies located in the Dushu Zone. The training courses will be held later this year.

Kick-off event Foremen skills

On October 11th 2010 we presented our new seminar in Suzhou in front of more than 100 representatives from local enterprises. The event received positive appraisals from all sides which conformed our assumption that the Foremen seminar will meat with great demand.

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Foreman Skills

For the official market launch in the Shanghai and Suzhou region, FORUM International, in close cooperation with SIPIVT College and the Human Resource company Humanpool, organizes Inhouse Seminars for foremen. The seminar will have the following focus:

Seminar overview