In this section you find information on training and continuing training occupations of the dual system of vocational education and training as regulated by the Vocational Training Act and the Crafts and Trade Regulation Code.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

World Rivers Day – presenting the occupation of hydraulic technician

Germany’s many rivers provide valuable habitats, places of recreation and important transport routes for both humans and goods. Hydraulic technicians ensure that people can live safely alongside rivers.

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Monday, February 6, 2023


Although equivalence between vocational and higher education is a pressing policy endeavour, the objective remains unachieved in reality. This issue of BWP looks at the reasons for the differing degrees of esteem and investigates why these are so difficult to surmount.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

How to take digitalization and sustainability into account in training occupations

The standard occupational profile items apply cross-professionally to all 326 training occupations. They now have been further developed and take aspects of digitalization and sustainability explicitly into account. GOVET offers an overview in Arabic, German, English, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

A key occupation in times of crisis

The societal importance of the retail trade and of the skilled workers employed in the sector has been brought into sharp focus by the present coronavirus crisis. Employees are currently under considerable pressure as they seek to ensure that the population is supplied with everyday necessities.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

BIBB goes remote

In an interview, that was first released for the re:publica 2020, BIBB President Esser answers questions about the current "systemically relevant" issues and challenges in the Corona crisis. The interview is now available on the BIBB YouTube channel with subtitles in English, Russian and Spanish.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

BWP 2/2020 published

How will the new Nursing Professions Act change nursing training, and how can support be provided for practical implementation?

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Maintaining the cultural heritage of the craft trades

There is a growing sense of awareness in Germany of the cultural heritage of the craft trades. Therefore, nationally standardised advanced training regulations for the qualification of “Certified restorer in the craft trades” in 19 different trades are introduced for the first time.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Four out of five young people are being trained in their desired occupation

The vast majority (83%) of applicants able to find a company-based training position are receiving training in their desired occupation or in one of their desired occupations. These are the findings of the representative BA/BIBB applicant survey.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

50 years of the BBiG – a guarantor of high quality

The Vocational Training Act entered into force 50 years ago on 1 September 1969. BIBB President Esser marked the occasion by stating that the law is a guarantor of high-quality VET.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

“Create a closer link between initial and continuing VET”

BIBB President Esser has marked the beginning of the new training year on 1 August by emphasising the need for initial and continuing vocational education and training to be even more closely linked in future.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

New training regulations for the occupation of industrial cleaner

The revision of the training occupation addresses technical, economic and organisational changes and developments that have taken place in craft trade practices in the field of industrial cleaning. The updated training regulations replace the existing regulations from 1999 as of 1 August 2019.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

BIBB publishes its 2018 ranking list for training occupations

Impressive start: Around 1,300 training contracts have been concluded in 2018 in the new training occupation of “management assistant in e-commerce”. With just over 15,000 new contracts the occupation of information technology specialist made it position 7 in the Top 10.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Feet deserve the best – made-to-measure shoes

The production of made-to-measure footwear is the crowning discipline of the shoemaking trade. With its fresh designation "custom shoemaker", the individual and hand-made manufacturing process is emphasised. The new regulation enters into force on 1 August.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

New training regulations for organ makers

Each organ is an individual piece. The building of organs is a craft with a long tradition. But also here, above all technical and electronic innovations took place. The new training regulation with the specialisms of organ building and pipe making enters into force on 1 August 2019.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

New training year begins with 25 updated occupations on 1 August

The new training year officially gets underway on 1 August. It will also feature no fewer than 25 re-regulated occupations, including the entirely new option of “management assistant in e-commerce”. BIBB President Esser: “Pace of adaptation is increasing because of digitalisation”.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The cutting edge for households, hotels and restaurants and industry

Knives, scissors, drills, milling tools and saw blades: Sharpness and precision are simply a necessity for tools in order to fulfil their intended purpose. Starting on 1 August, the manufacture of such articles will be governed by the new training programme in the occupation of precision tool mechanic.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

BIBB Data Report to accompany the 2019 Report on VET is published

Demand for training places by young people and young adults and the number of training places offered by companies both rose once again in 2018. Nevertheless, recruitment problems on the training market exacerbated further. These are the main outcomes of the 2019 BIBB Data Report.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

VET Data Report Germany 2016/2017

The development of the German VET system and more specifically of the dual system relies on regular data collection. The Data Report of the BIBB is a selection of most relevant and actual data on the German VET system.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

A hot job – process technologist in the metal industry

The production and reforming of steel, copper, aluminium, lead and gold have always been procedures involving plenty of heat. The new training regulation takes account of technological developments and enters into force on 1 August 2018.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Overview of the German VET system

BIBB’s English website has been complemented by a new section on the German vocational education and training (VET) system. In addition, important terms can now be looked up in a VET glossary.

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Training regulations and how they come about

Training regulations and how they come about

This brochure provides information on a unique procedure for the development of training regulations. The arrangements form the basis for initial training in the dual system, in which many young people in Germany begin their vocational qualification.

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