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New advanced training for a branch of the future: certified senior clerk for healthcare and social services
According to a projection by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), demographic developments will mean that 1 million extra employees are expected to be required in the healthcare and social services sector by the year 2025. The existing need for skilled workers and management staff who understand modern operational and cost management and who are able to take on complex planning, leadership, organisational and monitoring tasks within the healthcare sector will continue to rise. In order to react to this requirement in a timely manner, BIBB has acted on behalf of the Federal Government and in conjunction with the social partners to draw up the new advanced training regulations for "certified senior clerk for healthcare and social services". These will enter into force on 1 January 2012. This advanced training qualification will mean that a modern occupation based on recognised training will be available to the healthcare and social services sector in future. The qualification of "certified senior clerk for healthcare and social services" will open up career opportunities in middle management and provide an attractive alternative to Bachelor courses of study.
Future certified senior clerks for healthcare and social services will be employed or work on a self-employment basis in operational management positions across various areas and institutions within the sector, particularly in outpatient and (partially) in-patient institutions, organisations, bodies and associations. Their activities will include assuming responsibility for the solution of complex specialist tasks and will also involve the deployment of operational and human resources management elements.
This new advanced training provision is open to all those who have completed vocational education and training in recognised training occupations as well as to those holding a qualification in healthcare and social services occupations governed by federal or federal state law. The main target groups are workers who have been employed in major care institutions within the healthcare and social services sector for a longer period of time, such as public health nurses and nurses, medical and dental specialists, specialist social insurance employees, staff employed in commercial management occupations and geriatric nurses.
The new advanced training qualification of certified senior clerk for healthcare and social services is standardised at a national level pursuant to § 53 of the Vocational Training Act (BBiG). It brings together the numerous training opportunities within the field of middle management which previously existed at Chamber level. The basis for the new training regulations was a study conducted by BIBB in 2009 on training needs and qualification requirements for management staff in the healthcare and social services sector.
The Ordinance on the Advanced Training Occupation of "certified senior clerk for healthcare and social services" can be downloaded in German at www.bibb.de/fachwirtgesundheit.
Further (German language) information on "Occupations and qualification in the future -BIBB-IAB model calculations in occupational fields and qualifications until 2025" is available by visiting www.qube-projekt.de .
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