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Education and Training

From an economic perspective, it is beneficial if policymakers invest in the bright minds of tomorrow and create a competitive, innovative and equitable education system in Germany. The Education Monitor - one of the most important studies on education in Germany - shows that Germany can do even better here.

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Schools and universities are not producing enough well-educated young people. This is leading to shortages of skilled workers, which are being exacerbated by demographic change and, as a result, falling numbers of schoolchildren and students as the workforce ages. This makes it all the more important for the state to invest in education and provide the best possible training for existing children and young people. The expansion of early childhood education and all-day care at daycare centers and schools will have a particularly strong impact. Good foundations at the start of education benefit later phases of education, when more is learned. At the same time, families can better realize their employment aspirations and thus also contribute to securing a skilled workforce. Through its subsidiary IW Junior, the IW is also committed to expanding economic education.

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Status Quo and Further Development
Hans-Peter Klös IW-Policy Paper No. 12 20. June 2021

Continuing Vocational Education and Training in Germany

A fundamental position in the political debate on continuing vocal education and training (CVET) in Germany, which is gaining in breadth, advocates a system change with a CVET Act, extended legal and exemption options for CVET, a basic education income, CVET funds, and the introduction of employment insurance.

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Business Models and Vocational Training in the Digital Transformation
Hans-Peter Klös / Rahild Neuburger / Thomas Sattelberger / Dirk Werner IW-Policy Paper No. 9 7. May 2021

Business Models and Vocational Training in the Digital Transformation

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 ...

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

Digital Learning Media Boost Continuing Vocational Training in Enterprises

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 ...

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An Analysis of Socio-economic Aspects of Internal Migration Based on the Microcensus
Wido Geis-Thöne IW-Trends No. 4 14. December 2020

The Highly Qualified Move More Frequently Between Regions

Very little is yet known about the socio-economic aspects of internal migration, as migration statistics report merely age, sex, nationality and where the move was to and from. Only since the 2017 survey has the German microcensus included a compulsory ...

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Status Quo and Further Development
IW-Policy Paper No. 12 20. June 2021

Continuing Vocational Education and Training in Germany

Hans-Peter Klös

A fundamental position in the political debate on continuing vocal education and training (CVET) in Germany, which is gaining in breadth, advocates a system change with a CVET Act, extended legal and exemption options for CVET, a basic education income, CVET funds, and the introduction of employment insurance.

IW

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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.

IW

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Possible Developments in the Supply of Skilled Workers up to the Year 2040
IW-Report No. 11 7. April 2021

Possible Developments in the Supply of Skilled Workers up to the Year 2040

Wido Geis-Thöne

The German labor market is on the verge of a fundamental upheaval. While the number of people in the labor force has risen steadily in recent decades, it is likely to drop significantly as soon as the baby boomers retire.

IW

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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.

IW

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A Challenge for the German Education System
IW-Analyse No. 140 21. January 2021

Equality of Educational Opportunity: A Challenge for the German Education System

Christina Anger / Axel Plünnecke

Germany has been making good progress towards achieving equality of opportunity in its education system. Latterly, however, it has become clear that the correlation between socio-economic background and educational success is again becoming more pronounced, a phenomenon which can be partly attributed to the high level of immigration in recent years.

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