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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

Annette Baczak

Project Assistant International VET Research

Tel: +49 221-4981-876 Annette Baczak
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Melanie Behrendt

Melanie Behrendt

Team Leader Human Resources and Communication at the Kompetenzzentrum Fachkräftesicherung and Network Q 4.0

Tel: +49 221 4981-702
Lucija Bozic

Lucija Bozic

Project Assistant International VET Research

Tel: +49 221-4981-847
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Annette Dietz

Annette Dietz

Senior Consultant for Human Resources Work

Tel: +49 221 4981-796
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Alissa Eschholz

Alissa Eschholz

Consultant for digital vocational training

Tel: +49 221 4981-538
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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 Communication and Marketing

Tel: +49 221 4981-467
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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
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Sabine Köhne-Finster

Sabine Köhne-Finster

Team Leader at the Competence Center for Skilled Workforce Assurance (KOFA)

Tel: +49 221 4981-862 Sabine Köhne-Finster
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Markus Körbel

Markus Körbel

Researcher for International Occupational Training Research

Tel: +49 221 4981-874
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Louisa Marie Kürten

Louisa Marie Kürten

Consultant for Innovation and Change

Tel: +49 221 4981-785 @Louisa_Kuerten
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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 Lydia Malin
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Christoph Metzler

Dr. Christoph Metzler

Senior Economist for Vocational Training and Supply of skill needs

Tel: +49 221 4981-871 Christoph Metzler @TophAndre
Annett Michalski

Annett Michalski

Consultant for Communication and Marketing

Tel: +49 221 4981-509
Alaa Nassif Makki

Alaa Nassif Makki

Consultant in the BQ-Portal

Tel: +49 221 4981-894
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Sarah Pierenkemper

Sarah Pierenkemper

Senior Economist for Supply of skill needs

Tel: +49 221 4981-884 Sarah Pierenkemper
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Sarah Prekop

Sarah Prekop

Consultant for in-company training

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

Consultant for digital vocational training

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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Martin Schmitt

Martin Schmitt

Consultant for digital vocational training

Tel: +49 221 4981-319 Martin Schmitt
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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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Maren Schulte

Maren Schulte

Consultant for digital vocational training

Tel: +49 221 4981-342
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Fabian Semsarha

Fabian Semsarha

Consultant for skilled labor and personnel issues at the Center of Competence for Skilled Labor (KOFA)

Tel: +49 30 27877-137 Fabian Semsarha
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Sibylle Stippler

Sibylle Stippler

Head of Vocational Education and Training Research Unit

Tel: +49 221 4981‑865 Sibylle Stippler @SibylleStippler
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Nicole Sträfling

Dr. Nicole Sträfling

Consultant for digital vocational training

Tel: +49 221 4981-507 Nicole Sträfling
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Irena Theuer

Irena Theuer

Consultant for digital vocational training

Tel: +49 221 4981-868
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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 Dirk Werner @DKW_follow
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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 childcare in a regional comparison
IW-Report No. 13 24. February 2024

Parental contributions for childcare in a regional comparison

Wido Geis-Thöne

The federal states take very different approaches to organising parental participation in the costs of state and state-funded childcare.

IW

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Teaching hours at elementary school country comparison
IW-Report No. 7 5. February 2024

Teaching hours at elementary school country comparison

Wido Geis-Thöne

Young people's educational paths are very much predetermined during their primary school years. On the one hand, the basic skills of reading, writing and maths are acquired, and, on the other hand, the joint learning of all children ends with the transition to secondary level I.

IW

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Increasing pressure on the labor market
IW-Report No. 2 4. January 2024

Pharmaceutical industry: Increasing pressure on the labor market

Lydia Malin / Simon Schumacher

The shortage of skilled workers poses significant challenges for pharmaceutical companies in Germany and is expected to become increasingly problematic in the context of demographic changes. Concerning Germany's positioning in the international competition among innovative pharmaceutical locations, this shortage could become a hindrance.

IW

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Further training needs of the automotive industry in transformation
IW-Report No. 56 2. November 2023

Further training needs of the automotive industry in transformation

Alexander Burstedde / Paula Risius / Jurek Tiedemann / Dirk Werner

Due to the ecological and digital transformation, significant parts of the German economy, particularly the industrial sector, are currently undergoing a transformation. This development also extends to the automotive sector, which occupies a vital position in the German economy.

IW

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Part-time Jobs for Teenagers – A Question of Home Background
IW-Trends No. 3 4. August 2023

Part-time Jobs for Teenagers – A Question of Home Background

Wido Geis-Thöne

A part-time job that does not detract from their other activities can help young people to acquire competences and practise skills which will later benefit them in the labour market.

IW

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