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The Bertelsmann Stiftung's “Jugend und Arbeit” (Youth and Work) project addresses two key issues: helping less qualified young people improve their employability and the modernization of Germany's vocational training system.

Project Description

Current News

Gütersloh - 12/10/2008

Poor integration of young people in the job market gives rise to considerable follow-on costs

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.

Gütersloh - 29/09/2008

One-stop state-of-the-art professional training

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.


Project Modules

Youth Entrepreneurship

Promoting entrepreneurial initiative among young people as a key to growth, employment and self-realization.


Career Focus

To find and proceed along their own personal career path, young people today must be highly flexible, responsible and willing to take the initiative.


Transition Management

A large number of public and private organizations are operating at the threshold between school and career training, offering initiatives and programs that differ dramatically in their methods of operation, effectiveness and efficiency…


System Reform

Compared to other countries, Germany’s twin-track education system still serves as a model, but it is currently coming under pressure from many sides.


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Headshot of Frank Frick Frank Frick
+49 5241 81-81253
Clemens Wieland Clemens Wieland
+49 5241 81-81352

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