Cooperation with Korean partner institute

The Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) and BIBB have been successfully working together on the basis of a cooperation agreement since 2000. The main focus of cooperation so far has been on VET research.

The Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) was founded as a national research centre in 1997. It reports to the Prime Minister and forms part of the National Council for Economic, Human and Social Sciences. KRIVET mainly draws its funding from the Ministry of Labour and Education. The institute carries out research in the following areas.

  • Issues relating to vocational education and training and VET policy
  • Development and implementation of training programmes
  • Transitions from the training sector to the labour market

Alongside its research remit, the institute supports state policy in the field of vocational education and training.

Cooperation between KRIVET and BIBB

KRIVET and BIBB signed a cooperation agreement in September 2000, and this was extended for an indefinite term in 2010. In the agreements concluded, both institutes state their aim of working together in the field of VET research. Academic research cooperation thus far has encompassed the following aspects.

  • Mutual research visits
  • Joint implementation of conferences, forums, workshops and research projects
  • Joint publications



From August 2012 to October 2014, BIBB and KRIVET worked together on BIBB’s INDUCT II research project, an international comparative study that analysed recruitment and induction strategies in Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Korea.

Since 2016, BIBB and KRIVET have been cooperating on the international comparative study “Dual training as a company strategy to secure a supply of skilled workers – case studies on motivation and organisation in internationally comparative terms”.

During 2014 and 2015, several guest visits were paid to BIBB by Korean academic researchers from KRIVET.


In June 2014, BIBB participated in the KRIVET conference “Enhancing the Link between Skills Development and Youth Employment Policies” in Seoul, where it presented a paper entitled “Vocational education and training and youth employment – some experiences from Germany”.

In September 2014, BIBB took part in the KRIVET conference “Apprenticeship – Innovative Approach for Youth Employment and Skills Development” and contributed a paper on “Quality of Apprenticeship in Germany”.

On 13 May 2016, BIBB received a 50-strong delegation of vocational school teachers from “Industry-merged apprentice schools”, a programme which was founded in 2015 under the lead management of KRIVET.

In September 2016, BIBB attended an international conference organised in Seoul by HRD Korea and KRIVET. The event was hosted under the title of “Why do governments promote apprenticeship” and featured presentations on the current situation of dual vocational education and training in Germany and on empirical costs-benefits studies.

KRIVET was represented at the Regional Asia-Pacific Partner Meeting in Nanjing/China in October 2016.

Currently (as of 2016), the main thematic focuses being pursued by the Korean government and KRIVET relate to the field of advanced vocational training (e.g. upgrading training for “Meister High School” graduates) and to issues relating to the governance of the educational system (particularly in respect of participation by trade and industry).

During the course of 2017, BIBB and KRIVET will seek to draw up specific proposals for future cooperation.