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Education and Skilled Workers

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Enjoying few natural resources, Germany is particularly reliant on ideas. The government’s primary task must therefore be to invest in minds, in other words, to create an innovative and internationally competitive education system.

Germany is still a long way from achieving this aim. Its schools and universities are not turning out enough suitably qualified workers. The problem is aggravated by a birth rate which has for decades been too low and a correspondingly declining number of schoolchildren and university students. The resulting lack of trained workers has already led to high losses in value added. It is therefore more important than ever that those children and young people there are receive the best possible education. The money which the state saves as a result of demographic change - by paying out less in child benefit, for example - should be reinvested in better education. There is a particular need to expand pre-school education since in future it will become increasingly important to start teaching children essential knowledge and skills at a very early age.

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Frank Martin Clauß

Frank Martin Clauß

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Leena Ann Kozhuppakalam

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Corinna Kremers

Consultant for education

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Louisa Marie Kürten

Louisa Marie Kürten

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Gesina Leininger

Gesina Leininger

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Valeska Martin

Valeska Martin

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Axel Plünnecke

Prof. Dr. Axel Plünnecke

Head of the Research Unit Education, Migration and Innovation

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Paula Risius

Paula Risius

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Juliane Rohner

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Sebastian Schirner

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Miriam Schöpp

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Svenja von Poblocki

Svenja von Poblocki

Consultant for digital education at the Competence Centre for Securing Skilled Workers

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Dirk Werner

Dirk Werner

Head of the Research Unit Vocational Education and Training

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