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.
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.