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  • Transitions to training and work

    Information on the transitional system is available here. The range of topics covered includes vocational orientation, supply and demand on the labour market and permeability between vocational education and training and higher education.

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Why occupations are not chosen

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.

BWP 2/2019: Routes into occupations

Friday, April 5, 2019

BWP 2/2019: Routes into occupations

The labour market in Germany is organised on the basis of the principle of the regulated occupation, and great significance is still accorded to vocational qualifications. But how successful are young people in entering working life after completing initial training?

Upper secondary certificate, and then what?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Upper secondary certificate, and then what?

In light of the rising numbers of higher education students, the BIBB has conducted a study into which pupils are more likely to commence a programme of vocational education and training despite being having a higher education entrance qualification.

Development of training allowances in 2018: Higher increases again

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Development of training allowances in 2018: Higher increases again

In 2018, training allowances based on collective wage agreements increased across Germany by an average of 3.7%. The increase was thus stronger than in 2017 (2.6%). Throughout Germany, the average training allowance was €908 gross per month. This is shown by a BIBB analysis.

BIBB analysis of the training market development in 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

BIBB analysis of the training market development in 2018

More company-based training places on offer, more newly concluded training contracts, but also more unfilled training positions as well as an increase of men and decrease of women applying for trining positions – the are the results of the BIBB analysis of the training market development in 2018.

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.

Qualification in VET for persons with disability

Monday, December 3, 2018

Qualification in VET for persons with disability

The German-Israeli programme, a project group comprising two national Teams, is addressing the issue of the training of personnel working in vocational education and training with persons with disability.

BIBB study on young people with a migration background

Thursday, November 15, 2018

BIBB study on young people with a migration background

The third generation of young people with a migration background are just as successful in the search for a training position as young people without a migration background. The results are presented in the latest issue of the BIBB REPORT series.

VET Data Report Germany 2016/2017

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.

Overview of the German VET system

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.

Social environment: a critical factor in the career choice of young people

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Social environment: a critical factor in the career choice of young people

If the choice of occupation will not positively impact their status in their social environment, young people tend to stay away from the occupation concerned, even if they would have enjoyed the work it entails.

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.

"Klischeefrei” initiative gathers pace - BIBB supports career orientation on Girls’ and Boys’ Day

Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Klischeefrei” initiative gathers pace - BIBB supports career orientation on Girls’ and Boys’ Day

The "Klischeefrei" initiative campaigns for a world in which the choice of occupation and degree is free from gender-specific role models. Support from companies and institutions is rising. The BIBB is also supporting career orientation free of stereotyping with Girls' Day and Boys' Day on 26 April.

Training market undergoing serious change – 10th BIBB Data Report

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Training market undergoing serious change – 10th BIBB Data Report

More people now start training with higher education entrance qualifications, more training positions remain unfilled - These are the findings from the 10th and anniversary edition of the Data Report. The thematic focus of the 2018 BIBB Data Report is vocational orientation.

Practical experience and individual support ease the way into training for refugees

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Practical experience and individual support ease the way into training for refugees

Applicants from a refugee background are more likely to make the transition into company-based training if they receive support and assistance from mentors in the course of their search for a training position. These are the findings of a survey conducted by BIBB and Federal Employment Agency (BA).

Top 10 in 2017 – BIBB ranking list of newly concluded dual training contracts

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Top 10 in 2017 – BIBB ranking list of newly concluded dual training contracts

In 2017, over a third of all new training contracts were once more concluded in just ten occupations. The results indicate a highly significant gender dominance in many occupations. Information technology specialist is a new entry at number nine in the list.