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Vocational Education and Professionals

The scientists of the competence field Vocational Education and Professionals analyze what contribution vocational training makes to companies.

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The focus is on the dual system of vocational education and training with its two learning venues of company and vocational school. The researchers are investigating how dual training can be further developed to meet the challenges of economic structural change, demographic development, internationalization and the increasing demands of the world of work. They are also identifying trends in in-company continuing education and analyzing how lifelong learning can be promoted.

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    Contacts

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    Dirk Werner

    Dirk Werner

    Head of Cluster Vocational Education and Training

    Tel: +49 221 4981-712
    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
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    Alexander Burstedde

    Alexander Burstedde

    Economist for Supply of skill needs

    Tel: +49 221 4981-217
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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
    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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    Helen Hickmann

    Helen Hickmann

    Economist at the Competence Center for Securing Skilled Employees KOFA

    Tel: +49 221 4981-421
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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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    Sarah Prekop

    Sarah Prekop

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

    Tel: +49 221 4981-887
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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
    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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    Filiz Koneberg

    Filiz Koneberg

    Researcher for Professional Qualification and Specialists

    Tel: +49 221 4981-856
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    Markus Körbel

    Markus Körbel

    Researcher for International Occupational Training Research

    Tel: +49 221 4981-874
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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

    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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    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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    Anna Schopen

    Anna Schopen

    Researcher for Supply of skill needs

    Tel: +49 221 4981-832
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    Miriam Schöpp

    Miriam Schöpp

    Researcher for the Project Kompetenzzentrum Fachkräftesicherung (KOFA)

    Tel: +49 221 4981-545
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    Maren Schulte

    Maren Schulte

    Researcher in the project Network Q4.0

    Tel: +49 221 4981-342
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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 Cluster Vocational Education and Training

    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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    Studien und Beiträge aus dem Kompetenzfeld

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    The Need for Skilled Labour in an Era of Digital Transformation
    IW-Trends No. 2 24. June 2022

    Pharmaceuticals in Transition: The Need for Skilled Labour in an Era of Digital Transformation

    Jasmina Kirchhoff / Lydia Malin / Simon Schumacher

    The shortage of skilled workers is increasingly confronting companies in Germany with major challenges. In view of the demographic and transformational tasks, there is a considerable danger that this situation will exacerbate.

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    Businesses in the transformation process
    IW-Report No. 33 10. June 2022

    Behind the scenes of upheaval and change: Businesses in the transformation process

    Annette Dietz / Andrea Hammermann / Oliver Stettes

    The pressure on companies and their employees to change and adapt is enormous against the background of megatrends such as digital and ecological change.

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    Fields of application and success factors
    IW-Report No. 28 23. May 2022

    HR Analytics: Fields of application and success factors

    Andrea Hammermann / Judith Lehr / Alexander Burstedde

    In this study, the term HR analytics is used to describe data-based decision-making in HR, whereby the transitions from classic HR controlling to HR analytics, in which various data sources are combined to identify interdependencies and make predictions, are fluid. The study provides an overview of the potential of HR analytics and the success factors for its introduction and use.

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    Integration through professional recognition for refugees from the Ukraine
    IW-Report No. 25 19. May 2022

    Integration through professional recognition for refugees from the Ukraine

    Dirk Werner / Anika Jansen / Sarah Pierenkemper / Helen Hickmann / Maria Garb

    Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine has triggered a wave of refugees, in the course of which many Ukrainians have already come to Germany and more are still to come. For the refugees, protection, childcare and family care are priorities.

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    Design paths and design practices of digitalisation in elderly care in NRW
    IW-Report No. 15 8. April 2022

    Design paths and design practices of digitalisation in elderly care in NRW

    Michaela Evans / Jessica Kemper / Alexander Kucharski / Susanne Seyda / Helen Hickmann / Sarah Pierenkemper

    The project "Digitalisation and Work Design in Elderly Care" focuses on company design paths and design practices of digitalisation.

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    No dramatic slump, but clear group-specific differences
    IW-Report No. 43 1. December 2021

    Professional Training in times of Corona

    Regina Flake / Simon Janßen / Lisa Leschnig / Lydia Malin / Susanne Seyda

    Despite the corona-related contact restrictions, participation in continuing vocational education and training (CET) had not declined massively by summer 2020. This is because a large part of the measures could still take place thanks to corresponding digital offers. However, there are significant differences depending on the employment sector, qualification level, gender and number of children of the participants in CET.

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    New paths or wrong paths for the training market?
    IW-Policy Paper No. 21 23. September 2021

    New paths or wrong paths for the training market?

    Dirk Werner / Paula Risius / Anika Jansen

    Some of the demands made by the political parties in their election programs for the federal elections are specifically aimed at increasing the demand for and supply of vocational education and training. In this analysis, the measures are evaluated economically based on empirical data and previous research findings.

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    Without immigration, the potential workforce is already shrinking
    IW-Report No. 25 24. July 2021

    Without immigration, the potential workforce is already shrinking

    Alexander Burstedde / Helen Hickmann / Sebastian Schirner / Dirk Werner

    Demographic change has been foreseeable for a long time, but has not always led to forward-looking policies. This study shows that demographic change is accelerating significantly and thus requires decisive and timely action.

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    Business Models and Vocational Training in the Digital Transformation
    IW-Policy Paper No. 9 7. May 2021

    Business Models and Vocational Training in the Digital Transformation

    Hans-Peter Klös / Rahild Neuburger / Thomas Sattelberger / Dirk Werner

    The technology driven development of business models is of great importance for the future of vocational education and training. Digital competencies - such as digital literacy, interaction, collaboration, and learning - are an indispensable part of vocational training for a modern working world to qualify future skilled workers for their professional life.

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    Results of the 10th IW Survey of Further Training
    IW-Trends No. 1 24. March 2021

    Digital Learning Media Boost Continuing Vocational Training in Enterprises

    Susanne Seyda

    Digitalisation is leading to an increasing need for training. Companies which have already achieved a higher level of digitalisation see a greater need for further training than their less digitalised peers and are investing correspondingly more time and money in training their workforce.

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