BWP 1/2012 (BWP-Heft)

Promoting continuing training

BWP 1/2012

Participation in continuing training amongst the working age population in Germany still remains behind the targets set nationally and internationally. In the light of demographic developments and extended life working time, however, the use of targeted second chance qualification and of continuing learning following the completion of an initial vocational qualification as a vehicle for increasing the potential supply of skilled workers is gaining in significance. The papers included in the present issue of BWP focus on the participation behaviour of the various target groups and explain the possible courses of action via which participation in continuing vocational training can be promoted via public funding programmes, general financial and legal conditions or company models.

In his editorial, BIBB President Friedrich Hubert Esser emphasises that education is the main resource available to our country and that continuing training will, therefore, remain an important topic in future. He stresses four points to which particular consideration needs to be accorded in order to promote participation in continuing training.

Further papers included in the present issue deal with access to higher education for those who have obtained a higher education entrance qualification via vocational education and training and models of school-based VET leading to a qualification awarded by the chambers pursuant to § 43 Paragraph 2 of the Vocational Training Act (BBiG).

  Vocational education and training in figures



 Special focus: assessment of competence and performance


  • Helmut Kuwan

    Transparency and guidance in continuing education Empirical results and conclusions from the demand-side perspective
  • Marcel Walter, Normann Müller

    Benefits of continuing vocational education and training
    What employees expect and what motivates them to participate
  • Thomas Zwick

    Effectiveness of continuing education as perceived by older employees
  • Christian Gerhards, Sabine Mohr, Klaus Troltsch

    Does the shortage of skilled workers increase companies’ participation in continuing education?
    Analyses on the basis of BIBB’s panel study on training and competence development
  • Gerhard Bosch

    Continuing education funds – a financing model for Germany?
  • Katja Görlitz, Marcus Tamm

    Mobilising working people to participate in continuing vocational education and training with the Continuing Education Grant
  • Erik Haberzeth, Claudia Kulmus, Monika Stanik

    Education vouchers for employees and companies   Funding conditions, usage problems and support approaches
  • Barbara Menke, Victoria Schnier
    Promoting continuing training of older employees in SME’s
    The “female PROFESSIONALS” project. Making use of female potential in companies! 
  • Gabriele Volk

    Moving forwards with “LOQUO”
    The SICK logistics training initiative for employees from lower levels to management


  Further topics


  • Lena Ulbricht

    Silent explosion in numbers qualified to enter higher education – new provisions for access to university without a school-based entrance qualification
  • Uwe Lehmpfuhl, Wolfgang Müller-Tamke 

    School-based initial vocational training leading to chamber examinations, pursuant to Section 43 (2) of the German Vocational Training Act (BBiG)
    Objectives, implementation strategies and perspectives


  • Gunther Spillner
    Report on the meeting 3/2011 on 15 December 2011



  • Thomas Lakies 

    Continuing training and repayment provisions



  • BWPplus 1/2012