Peter Thiele

Head of Division - Policy Issues of Initial and Continuing Vocational Training of Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany


Peter Thiele is Deputy Director for VET Policy in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany. He is responsible for the development of VET reforms in Germany (in particular in the dual system); for National Steering Committees in VET; the National VET report to the German parliament; VET research; and for a range of federal VET programs on innovation in VET.

Besides his chairmanship of several national committees in VET he is co-chair and member of different VET-committees in the EU and  OECD and cooperates closely with the UNEVOC Center of UNESCO in Bonn. Recent reform initiatives under his responsibility focus on the systemic transition from school to VET for disadvantaged young people via Education Chains; the interlinking of different pillars of the education system via national, standardized Training Modules; improving the attractiveness of VET for gifted young people; and the national transfer of European instruments in VET contributing to the development of a common European Area of VET (EU-Copenhagen process in VET).

Mr. Thiele is a fully qualified lawyer specializing in public law. In former years he worked as Desk Officer in the Directorate for International Affairs of the Federal Ministry of Education and Science and with the International Labor Organization in Geneva and Turin. As Head of Division at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) he was also responsible for general issues of EU education policy cooperation.