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Integration of refugees within education, training and professional life

The refugee immigration will clearly impact on the market for education, training and employment. In many areas, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training is addressing how integration of refugees in both initial and continuing education and training and in professional life might be achieved and is providing practical information as well as data.

Integration of refugees within education, training and professional life

Main thematic focuses


Career orientation, pre-vocational training and the transfer of young refugees into vocational education and training

Young refugees want to be able to demonstrate their abilities on the German job market. To do this they need vocational education and training which will provide them with a vocational qualification. Assisting young refugees in gaining access to education and training will present a major challenge in terms of career orientation and pre vocational Training.


Access to work and occupation

Many refugees have acquired vocational competences in their home countries which they might be able to use or develop in Germany. The questions surrounding vocational education and training and employment of refugees relate primarily to legal options and provision of support.


Organisation of initial and continuing vocational education and training

Initial and continuing education and training will play a key role in the successful integration and inclusion of refugees in the job market. However, the job market requirements are as varied as the groups of people themselves. Each refugee has their own personal history with their different capabilities, experiences and expectations.

More refugees in dual VET – Skilled trades report significant growth
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

More refugees in dual VET – Skilled trades report significant growth

There has been a sharp rise in the number of foreign trainees who are citizens of one of the most common non-European asylum countries of origin. Significant growth has been reported by the skilled trades. These are the findings from a special analysis by BIBB.

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How can refugees be successfully integrated into training?
Thursday, June 21, 2018

How can refugees be successfully integrated into training?

With a view to consulting on possible solution strategies, experts from the fields of academic research, practice and policy making spent a day discussing the current challenges which exist with regard to making vocational education and training provision available to refugees.

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