Despite strong economic demand, fewer managers in Germany feel that the jobs in their company are secure and that performance is appropriately compensated. That is just one finding from the biannual survey carried out by research institute FKI on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung.more
In October 2011, the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) in cooperation with the German National Library of Economics (ZBW) welcomed roughly 400 political, academic, business and civil society experts to Kiel for the Global Economic Symposium (GES).more
The Bertelsmann Stiftung presents the first results for ELLI, the European Lifelong Learning Index – Germany places in the middle of the EU rankings – Weaknesses in formal educationmore
For society, the poor integration of young people in the job market gives rise to considerable follow-on costs. As a recent study carried out by the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln (Institute for German Economics Cologne) on behalf of the Bertelsmann Stiftung shows, by adopting the right measures in the area of education policy and integrating Germany’s young people in vocational training and other career-related programs, it would be possible to save a total of €13.4 billion in direct and €15.9 billion in indirect costs between 2007 and 2015. In addition, a value-creation potential of some €21.5 billion exists and could be realized by helping less-qualified workers acquire professional certification.more
Based on a comparative international study, the Bertelsmann Stiftung recommends creating a Federal Office of Career Training, with associated state-level institutions, in order to better manage Germany’s vocational training programs. In reforming its educational training system, moreover, Germany should look to Switzerland, where management activities are carried out by one agency.more
The Bertelsmann Stiftung has proposed a national pact to overcome the hopeless situation faced by older employees on the labor market and called for a change in mentality towards creating a positive image of age. The "Initiative 50 plus" program recently launched by the German Federal Ministry of Labor has taken the first steps in the right direction according to member of the executive board Dr. Johannes Meier during today’s award ceremony of the Carl Bertelsmann Prize to Finland. He went on to say that the initiative concentrated strongly on political tools for the labor market. But without a long-term strategy above and beyond the political horizon, there could be no real solutions to the premature exclusion of older people from the labor market, high labor costs and the sheer level of regulations on the labor market.more
The EUR 150,000 Carl Bertelsmann Prize goes to Finland this year. The prize will be awarded to the “Ageing Workers” reform program, an initiative of the Finnish Government in cooperation with social partners, the sciences and associations aimed at improving working conditions among older people. The decision in favor of the Finnish reform program was based on an international study commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and conducted by Prognos AG. The researchers also highlighted model programs in Australia, the Netherlands and Great Britain, also designed to improve the employment situations of older workers. In these countries, consistent employment policies have succeeded in significantly raising the number of people in the workforce between the ages of 55 and 64.
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