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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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New paths or wrong paths for the training market?
Dirk Werner / Paula Risius / Anika Jansen IW-Policy Paper No. 21 23. September 2021

New paths or wrong paths for the training market?

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.

IW

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Without immigration, the potential workforce is already shrinking
Alexander Burstedde / Helen Hickmann / Sebastian Schirner / Dirk Werner IW-Report No. 25 24. July 2021

Without immigration, the potential workforce is already shrinking

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.

IW

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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 ...

IW

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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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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.

IW

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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.

IW

Read study
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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