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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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Possible effects of the war in Ukraine in the German education system
Wido Geis-Thöne IW-Report No. 30 29. May 2022

Possible effects of the war in Ukraine in the German education system

Against the backdrop of the Russian war of aggression, more and more families in Ukraine are seeking protection in Germany. On 5 May 2022, around 242,000 underaged refugee from Ukraine were registered in Germany and the influx of refugees continues.

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Integration through professional recognition for refugees from the Ukraine
Dirk Werner / Anika Jansen / Sarah Pierenkemper / Helen Hickmann / Maria Garb IW-Report No. 25 19. May 2022

Integration through professional recognition for refugees from the Ukraine

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
Michaela Evans / Jessica Kemper / Alexander Kucharski / Susanne Seyda / Helen Hickmann / Sarah Pierenkemper IW-Report No. 15 8. April 2022

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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
Regina Flake / Simon Janßen / Lisa Leschnig / Lydia Malin / Susanne Seyda IW-Report No. 43 1. December 2021

Professional Training in times of Corona

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 ...

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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

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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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Possible effects of the war in Ukraine in the German education system
IW-Report No. 30 29. May 2022

Possible effects of the war in Ukraine in the German education system

Wido Geis-Thöne

Against the backdrop of the Russian war of aggression, more and more families in Ukraine are seeking protection in Germany. On 5 May 2022, around 242,000 underaged refugee from Ukraine were registered in Germany and the influx of refugees continues.

IW

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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.

IW

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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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A great success for Germany
IW-Report No. 1 4. January 2022

Immigration from India: A great success for Germany

Wido Geis-Thöne

With the retirement of the baby boomers from the labour market, Germany will be increasingly dependent on skilled workers from abroad in the coming years in order to stabilise its economic performance.

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