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Competences for the work of tomorrow

In the modern world of work, it is important to continuously develop one's skills and knowledge. We use innovative methods and data sources in order to provide more guidance on which skills will be in demand on the labor market in the future and to show ways in which employees can be supported in the further development of their skills.

Contact Persons

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Eric Thode
Senior Advisor
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Frank Frick
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Gabriel da Silva Zech
Project Manager
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Ines Galla
Project Assistant
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Gunvald Herdin
Senior Project Manager
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Dr. Martin Noack
Senior Expert
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André Schleiter
Project Manager
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Roman Wink
Senior Project Manager


Technological developments will have a major impact on the world of work in the coming years. Scientific studies assume that more than half of all jobs in Germany will change significantly as a result of digitization and the impact of other megatrends. Many employees in Germany will have to acquire new skills in order to meet the changing demands at their workplace or to be able to switch to a new professional field of activity. 

Up to now, automation and the use of robots have mainly affected the low-skilled. Now, jobs performed by people with intermediate levels of education are also facing major upheaval. Germany is not well positioned to meet these new challenges: there is a need to catch up in continuously aligning vocational training with workplace needs.

We also need more knowledge about which skills will be needed in which jobs in the future. Building on this, the continuing education system of the future must be developed in such a way that it can respond more flexibly and quickly to accelerated change.

With the help of new data sources and innovative methods, the project aims to close knowledge gaps among stakeholders in the field of continuing vocational education and training – policymakers, social partners, companies and continuing education and training organizations – to provide orientation on future skills requirements and, where possible, to identify suitable transition paths into sustainable fields of employment. This should also provide impetus for further developing the system of continuing vocational training in order to provide the best possible support for the acquisition of new skills.