Monday, August 7, 2023


The examination system is being altered by reforms and by digitalisation. The pressure to modernise is considerable. This issue sets out the current challenges and presents research results and approaches towards the further development of the examination system which have been adopted in practice.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2023

The QuBe project: models, modules, methods

A new publication by BIBB in cooperation with the Institute for Labour Market and Career Research (IAB) and the Institute of Economic Structures Research (GWS) presents assumptions, data and basic projections from the “Qualification and Occupational Projections" (QuBe project).

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Monday, July 5, 2021

Virtual Conference on Employer Engagement

The international conference hosted by "Education and Employers" took place under the motto "Preparing Young People for the Future". BIBB Director of Research and Vice President, Prof. Hubert Ertl, analysed the role of employers in initial and continuing vocational education and training in Germany.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Strengthening and connecting VET research in Europe

At a virtual conference hosted by BIBB, representatives of national vocational education and training institutes and research facilities from 14 European countries spoke out in favour of further developing and strengthening VET research in Europe.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

German and American vocational education experts exchange ideas on the impacts of COVID-19

Inspired by the international GOVET survey regarding the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on VET and the labour market, the US Department of Labor initiated a digital round table on this topic. BIBB Director of Research Prof. Hubert Ertl opened this first well-founded exchange of expertise.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

US shows increasing interest in dual training

Following an invitation from the German Embassy, Prof. Ertl last week participated as an expert as regards the dual VET system in high-level events taking place in Boston and in Washington DC. The background is a legislative initiative to introduce Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs.

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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, March 25, 2019

Why occupations are not chosen

Even if an occupation reflects the activities in which they are interested, many young people will still tend to drop it during the career choice process if insufficient social recognition appears to be on offer. This is the main outcome to emerge from a study conducted by the BIBB.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Occupational advancement with VET—men at a clear advantage

Around eleven percent of skilled workers in Germany who have completed dual VET carry out higher level tasks for which a higher qualification is typically required. Men have a clear advantage over women, as the new issue of BIBB REPORT shows.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

BWP 6/2018: Dialogue between research, policy making and practice

Stakeholders from academic research, policy making and practice all have an equal role to play in the shaping of vocational education and training. Yet how can dialogue produce sustainable concepts and solutions given the differing logical approaches and interests involved?

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Professor Ertl delivers inaugural lecture at Paderborn University

Following his appointment last year as Professor of Vocational Education and Research at Paderborn University, BIBB Research Director Prof. Ertl has now delivered an inaugural lecture entitled “Vocational education and training research in the age of digital transformation”.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The 2035 labour market: Population growth with low unemployment

An increase in the population, hostorically low unemployment and shortages of skilled workers in specific occupations – especially in health care occupations – will characterise the labour market in Germany in 2035. This is shown by current projections by BIBB and IAB.

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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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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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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Dr. Volker Rein to complete research secondment in the USA

For a period of three months Dr. Rein (BIBB) will conduct research on the subject of “Compatible degree and non-degree post-secondary education in the US“ at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) in Washington DC .

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Strengthening of cooperation between BIBB and the ROA

Harald Pfeifer has been appointed as Professor of the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) at Maastricht University. This bolsters cooperation in research into economic issues relating to vocational education and training.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

The future of training in industry

What will dual VET look like in the industrial sector in ten years’ time? In order to examine issues of this nature in greater detail, BIBB hosted a workshop  which was attended by around 40 specially chosen participants from several industrial sectors.

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Data and Education Reporting

The BIBB conducts its own surveys in addition to processing external data. This provides the basis for evaluations and analyses.

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VET Data Report Germany

The Data Report provides a wealth of information and analysis relating to various aspects of the development of vocational education and training.

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