People in a bus in Ruanda giving thumbs up
Tuesday, 2 July 2024

eLearning Africa: Education – Innovation – Transformation

From 29 to 31 May 2024, the global education scene met at eLearning Africa in Rwanda. More than 1,200 visitors from 82 countries attested to the importance of the event. The preceding iMOVE visitor programme was met with great interest and a positive response from German education providers.

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Members of GOVET and the eight representatives from Costa Rica in high-visibility jackets
Thursday, 20 June 2024

The Costa Rican Ministry of Education visits GOVET

Training regulations require a lot of coordination. Many stakeholders are involved in their development and implementation. Representatives of the Ministry of Education in Costa Rica examined this issue on a study trip and exchanged ideas and views with BIBB colleagues and companies in the region.

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Friday, 14 June 2024

Interview with Alessandro Mele

On the occasion of the BILT Bridging Event in Como, Italy, we asked Alessandro Mele, President of Cometa, to comment on the conference’s focus and some of its highlights. Cometa, a UNEVOC Centre and European Centre for Inclusive Excellence, is the TVET provider that hosted the event.

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Prof Dr Esser stands on a black stage with a delegation. In the background you can read "TVET System Reform"
Thursday, 13 June 2024

BIBB reinforces its role in Indonesia as an internationally recognised centre of excellence for vocational education and training

On 12 June, BIBB President Friedrich Hubert Esser gave a keynote address in Jakarta at the invitation of the Indonesian Ministry for Economic Affairs and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). The speech formed part of an international VET conference.

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Friday, 31 May 2024

First TVET Symposium in Ghana is a complete success

At the first TVET Symposium in Ghana, the CVET joined forces with GOVET and the BMBF to stage an impressive programme which also included the presentation of a Declaration of Intent for further bilateral cooperation in VET and the launch of Ghana’s second Vocational Education and Training Report.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024

GOVET annual report 2023 online

This was GOVET's working year 2023: The annual report highlights success stories, new formats, challenges and topics from GOVET's advisory work in a multimedia overview: as a one-stop shop for the international VET-cooperation, at the round table and in the ministry's (BMBF) collaborations.

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Friday, 10 May 2024

BILT Bridging Event Europe 2024

The 2024 BILT Bridging Event: “Towards Inclusive Excellence in TVET” took place in Como, Italy, from 22 to 24 April. Around 70 TVET experts from the regions Europe, Africa, and Asia-Pacific attended in person, while up to 260 guests from around the world followed the highlights of the event online.

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Wednesday, 8 May 2024

New VET strategy for Ethiopia: BIBB is involved

BIBB is supporting the further development of Ethiopia’s VET strategy. Two workshops in Ethiopia on VET governance and financing models in and the visit of an Ethiopian delegation of high-ranking political actors to BIBB marked the start of the cooperation.

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Monday, 6 May 2024

BWP 2/2024 – Migration and integration

This issue of BWP provides numerical data which forms the basis for an objective debate on what has been achieved thus far and on the remaining challenges in respect of sustainably promoting integration in and via vocational education and training.

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Monday, 26 February 2024

China: Competence Center 4.0 opened

The "German Teaching Method Competence Center", a cooperative venture with the Institute for Training and Careers, opened at Shunde Polytechnic College at the end of 2023. The role of the Competence Center is to shape transformation processes for Vocational Education and Training 4.0.

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Thursday, 8 February 2024

BWP 1/2024 – Artificial intelligence

This issue of BWP explores how AI can be used for vocational learning and looks at the experiences and academic research findings that are available. It also focuses on the impetuses provided by AI for the further development of learning processes.

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Thursday, 18 January 2024

Trainer exchange Costa Rica and Germany - first-hand experience

"From trainer to trainer..." - In order to learn from each other, direct dialogue is often the best. This was the experience of Enrique Mejia Cespedes from the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje Costa Rica. With the support of GOVET, he realised an exchange of trainers at the Schlosshotel Gedern.

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Tuesday, 2 January 2024

Standards make vocational education and training

From the occupational description to the training plan – BIBB/GOVET staged two workshops in Costa Rica with participants from the country’s Ministry of Education and National Education Institute on the development and implementation of training regulations in the Costa-Rican training system.

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Thursday, 16 November 2023

BILT Learning Forum 2023 in Bonn

Around 100 vocational education and training experts from Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe took part in the event on-site with nearly an additional 400 participants online.

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Monday, 6 November 2023

BWP 4/2023 – Ecological transformation

This issue of BWP investigates which sectors and occupations are facing particular demands as a result of climate change, how the ecological transformation is affecting the development and training of skilled workers and what challenges are emerging for the VET system.

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Monday, 23 October 2023

10 years of successful international vocational education and training cooperation – review and outlook

Major stakeholders marked a significant anniversary by convening to debate international vocational education and training cooperation. The central focus was on the contribution this collaboration can make to meeting current and future challenges.

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The most frequently asked questions regarding the German VET System, the recognition of qualifications or on how to start a career in Germany will be answered here.

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The glossary is a source for terms and definitions which are used in the field of vocational education and training. Emphasis is placed on its usage in the context of the German dual system. The VET Glossary is a work in progress and updated and expanded on an ongoing basis.

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The BIBB publishes its research and work results in different series. You will find all BIBB publications in the index of publications. A selection of publications is available in English.

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Methods of competence assessment in vocational education and training (VET) in Germany - A systematic review

The present study provides a systematic overview of the methods of competence assessment in German vocational education and training (VET). To this end, 58 publications from the years 2001 to 2017 have been reviewed regarding the occupational areas for which assessment instruments were developed, types of competences that were assessed, the types of instruments used to assess the competences and the psychometric properties of these instruments. The results indicate that the instruments described in the reviewed publications particularly address commercial, industrial-technical and health occupations. The majority of the instruments deal with the identification of professional competences (66%), followed by basic (24%) and social/communicative competences (9%).

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VET Data Report Germany 2019

The Data Report of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) provides a comprehensive overview of the actual data on the German Vocational Education and Training system and is published yearly in German. This current English version of the Data Report presents a selection of the most relevant data and analyses of the 2019 Data Report. It contains extensive information and analyses relating to initial and continuing vocational education and training and covers international indicators and benchmarks. The special focus of this Data Report is “Vocational education and training 4.0 – skilled worker qualifications and competencies for the digitalised work of the future”.

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Establishing sustainable learning venues

Sustainability is one of the greatest social challenges in this day and age. Climate protection, fair working conditions and responsible neighbourhoods are becoming increasingly important issues for companies. A sustainable in-company learning environment helps employees to develop sustainability-related skills. These skills play a crucial role when it comes to acting in line with the guiding principle of sustainability. Companies are already doing a great deal to increase sustainability. However, there is still substantial potential to do more. This guideline describes four key areas for designing sustainable learning venues with a total of 13 areas of action. It provides practice-oriented suggestions for implementation in companies. The guideline thus not only brings fresh momentum for reporting, but also contributes to anchoring sustainable development more firmly into the structure of initial and continuing vocational education and training at companies.

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Occupational Participation of Persons with Disabilities: Perceptions and Empirical Evidence

The quality of employment of employees with disabilities differs from that of employees without disabilities only for a few selected indicators. This is shown by analyses based on a follow-up survey of the BIBB/BAuA Employment Survey (ETB) 2018. The follow-up survey also includes a survey experiment on the perception of the situation of people with disabilities on the labour market. A significant proportion of respondents misperceive the gap in labour force participation between people with and without disabilities. Employed persons with disabilities assess the labour market integration of persons with disabilities to be worse when they are informed about the actual gap in labour market participation.

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BIBB is addressing the possible impacts which the coronavirus crisis may have on VET and on development on the labour and training market.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The most frequently asked questions regarding the German VET System, the recognition of qualifications or on how to start a career in Germany will be answered here.

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Presentation on VET in Germany

The presentation shows how the different stakeholders shape and drive Dual VET at the key "joints" of a vocational training system.

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With the help of the German Qualifications Framework (DQR) training content becomes transparent throughout Germany.

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