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Vocational Education and Professionals

The researchers in the Research Unit Vocational Qualification and Skilled Workers analyse what contribution vocational education and training makes to the economy and society, and to what extent it succeeds in securing the supply of skilled workers for companies. The aim is to make vocational education and training future-oriented in order to better meet the requirements accompanying the transformation of the economy with structural change and ecological change, demographic development and internationalisation, as well as the increasing demands of the working environment that are associated with these developments.

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The focus is on the dual system of vocational education and training with its two learning venues: company and vocational school. The researchers are investigating how dual training can be further developed in order to make even better use of the potential of the next generation in vocational qualification. In addition, the thematic cluster will analyse trends in in-company continuing vocational training and digital education in order to identify ways in which lifelong and digital learning can be intensified. Since international skilled workers are becoming increasingly important in securing skilled labour, the thematic cluster analyses foreign vocational training systems and vocational qualifications and makes them available in a user-friendly form in order to enable users to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the new skilled labour immigration law. The thematic cluster analyses the skilled labour situation on the basis of the specially developed IW skilled labour database, surveys within the framework of the IW personnel panel and statistical evaluations as well as qualitative survey methods.

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Annette Baczak

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Gabriele Ballner

Gabriele Ballner

Team assistant, content management

Tel: +49 30 27877-120
Karen Bartling

Dr. Karen Bartling

Team leader Netzwerk Q4.0

Tel: +49 221 4981-634
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Melanie Behrendt

Melanie Behrendt

Senior Communication Manager at the Kompetenzzentrum Fachkräftesicherung and Network Q 4.0

Tel: +49 221 4981-702
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Zuzana Blazek

Zuzana Blazek

Senior Researcher for Supply of skill needs

Tel: +49 221 4981-830

Lucija Bozic

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Alexander Burstedde

Alexander Burstedde

Economist for Supply of skill needs

Tel: +49 221 4981-217

Felix Dempf

Communication specialist

Tel: +49 221 4981-859
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Annette Dietz

Annette Dietz

Economist for Supply of skill needs

Tel: +49 221 4981-796
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Regina Flake

Dr. Regina Flake

Senior Economist for Education and Training, Skilled Manpower Assurance and International Vocational Training Research and Team Leader KOFA

Tel: +49 221 4981-840
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Donya Nielab Hamid

Donya Nielab Hamid

Consultant for international vocational education

Tel: +49 221 4981-467
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Christian Hofmeister

Dr. Christian Hofmeister

Team leader for digital vocational training in the Network Q 4.0 project

Tel: +49 221 4981-674
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Susanne Jacobs

Susanne Jacobs

Consultant for digital vocational training in the project Network Q 4.0

Tel: +49 221 4981-239
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Anika Jansen

Dr. Anika Jansen

Economist für Fachkräftesicherung

Tel: +49 221 4981-681
Felicitas Kleinoth

Felicitas Kleinoth

Project Manager for Digital and Print in the Competence Centre for Securing Skilled Workers

Tel: +49 221 4981-861
Alissa Knobel

Alissa Knobel

Researcher for international vocational training research and for the project Network Q 4.0

Tel: +49 221 4981-538
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Sabine Köhne-Finster

Sabine Köhne-Finster

Consultant at the Competence Center for Skilled Workforce Assurance (KOFA)

Tel: +49 221 4981-862
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Markus Körbel

Markus Körbel

Researcher for International Occupational Training Research

Tel: +49 221 4981-874

Maria Kulak

Redakteurin

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Judith Lehr

Judith Lehr

Consultant for personnel issues at the Competence Center for Skilled Workforce Development

Tel: +49 221 4981-855
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Gesina Leininger

Gesina Leininger

Economist for International Occupational Training Research

Tel: +49 221 / 4981-325
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Lydia Malin

Dr. Lydia Malin

Researcher for Supply of skill needs

Tel: +49 221 4981-850
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Christoph Metzler

Dr. Christoph Metzler

Senior Economist for Vocational Training and Supply of skill needs

Tel: +49 221 4981-871
Annett Michalski

Annett Michalski

Consultant for press and public relations at the Project Q 4.0

Tel: +49 221 4981-509
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Sarah Pierenkemper

Sarah Pierenkemper

Economist for Supply of skill needs

Tel: +49 221 4981-884
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Kathrin Post-Isenberg

Kathrin Post-Isenberg

Researcher for human resources topics at the Competence Center for Skilled Workforce Development

Tel: +49 221 4981-772
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Sarah Prekop

Sarah Prekop

Consultant for in-company training in the project Network Q4.0

Tel: +49 221 4981-887
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Paula Risius

Paula Risius

Researcher for Digital Education and Skilled Workforce Development

Tel: +49 221 4981-680
Juliane Rohner

Juliane Rohner

Researcher for the project Network Q 4.0

Tel: +49 221 4981-627
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Olesia Schmetzer

Olesia Schmetzer

Economist for International Occupational Training Research

Tel: +49 221 4981-709
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Miriam Schöpp

Miriam Schöpp

Researcher for the Project Kompetenzzentrum Fachkräftesicherung (KOFA)

Tel: +49 221 4981-545
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Anna Schopen

Anna Schopen

Researcher for Supply of skill needs

Tel: +49 221 4981-832
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Susanne Seyda

Dr. Susanne Seyda

Senior Economist for Supply of skill needs and Continuing Vocational Education and Training

Tel: +49 221 4981-740
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Sibylle Stippler

Sibylle Stippler

Head of Vocational Education and Training Research Unit

Tel: +49 221 4981‑865
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Kristina Stoewe

Dr. Kristina Stoewe

Consultant for digital vocational training

Tel: +49 221 4981-852
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Nicole Sträfling

Dr. Nicole Sträfling

Consultant for digital vocational training in the project Network Q 4.0

Tel: +49 221 4981-507
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Jurek Tiedemann

Jurek Tiedemann

Economist in the Competence Center for Securing Skilled Labor (KOFA) project

Tel: +49 221 4981-419
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Dirk Werner

Dirk Werner

Head of Vocational Education and Training Research Unit

Tel: +49 221 4981-712
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Luena Zifle

Luena Zifle

Economist for International Vocational Education Research

Tel: +49 221 4981-275
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Parental contributions for all-day care for primary school children
IW-Report No. 62 25. November 2022

Parental contributions for all-day care for primary school children

Wido Geis-Thöne

The organisation of all-day care for primary school children varies greatly from region to region in Germany. In most of the eastern German states it takes place mainly in after-school care centres, which are part of the child and youth welfare services, whereas in North Rhine-Westphalia these functions are taken over by the open all-day schools.

IW

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The Status Quo and Suggested Approaches for Policymakers
IW-Trends 17. November 2022

Securing Skilled Labour by Attracting and Retaining International Students: The Status Quo and Suggested Approaches for Policymakers

Wido Geis-Thöne

The demographic transition is expected to leave Germany with a serious shortage of skilled workers. To alleviate this bottleneck, more young people from abroad should be trained at German universities and offered the prospect of long-term residence.

IW

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The Transatlantic Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index
Expertise 14. November 2022

The Transatlantic Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index

Viktor Lázár / Ian Clay / Stephen Ezell / Shelby Lauter / Axel Plünnecke / Stefano da Empoli / Lorenzo Principali / Michele Masulli / Aaron Wudrick

Innovation ecosystems are increasingly complex and diverse, but there are common markers of core strength. In this report, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the German Economic Institute, the Institute for Competitiveness, and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute benchmark 96 states and provinces across Germany, Italy, the United States, and Canada.

IW

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Renaissance of vocational training?
IW-Report No. 57 7. November 2022

Employees in the renewable energy sector: Renaissance of vocational training?

Roschan Monsef / Finn Arnd Wendland

In order to master the ecological transformation of the real economy, many qualified specialists will be needed in the coming years.

IW

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Learning deficits due to Corona in dual training
IW-Report No. 52 13. October 2022

Learning deficits due to Corona in dual training

Regina Flake / Filiz Koneberg / Paula Risius

The contact reduction measures during the Corona pandemic had a strong impact on everyday life in the German dual system of vocational training. Regarding the work-based training within the companies, the question arises as to which extent distance learning and remote working could be organized at short notice for the apprentices.

IW

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