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One of the necessary pathways for increasing the attractiveness and effectiveness of the educational system in the Federal Republic of Germany lies in the improvement of both its vertical and horizontal permeability. Facilitation of access opportunities and transitions, which in turns leads to the fostering of individual learning biographies, career concepts and flexible educational careers, is currently one of the major policy and societal challenges facing Germany.
The latest evaluation of the BIBB database "TrainingPlus" shows: For the first time more than 100,000 students undertake a dual course of study. A constant growth in programme provision and companies offering training places has also been recorded.
Bachelor courses of study offer the option of acquiring a degree within three years. The consequence of this could be that those who have completed VET will be competing with Bachelor graduates. A current BIBB research project investigates typical educational pathways in the commercial sector.
The article focuses on the perception of dual VET as a possible alternative to higher education study. The basis for the analysis is provided by the results of a student survey into the attractiveness of VET conducted by BIBB and the Department of Labour Economics at the University of Maastricht.
Individual educational histories make it visible just how permeable the educational system actually is. These are the main focuses of the latest issue of BWP, which presents findings from research and educational practice.
The Data Report includes comprehensive information and analyses on the development of initial and continuing vocational education and training in Germany. It supplements the annual Federal Government Report on Vocational Education and Training.
Companies are open towards providing training to higher education drop-outs. However, the vast majority of firms is against the concept of special training regulations and models for such persons. These are the results of a BIBB company survey presented in issue 2/2016 of the BIBB-Report.
Vocational education and training is the core of the "Made in Germany" brand and is indispensable to the securing of a supply of skilled workers. It also offers an excellent basis for careers in trade and industry, the craft trades, the service sector and knowledge industries.
Focusing on target-group specific transitional management
The ANKOM Initiative, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, runs until October 2014 and is conducting 20 projects for the development of measures and models for higher education entry and for study concepts for persons in possession of vocational qualifications.
DECVET – development of a credit transfer system
Ten company-based pilot projects were implemented with the aim of developing and piloting transferable procedures for the credit transfer of competences and learning outcomes which enable improvement of mobility and permeability within and between educational sectors.