Although ever-changing working environments prevail, vocational training qualifications remain the key to gainful employment and societal participation. Still, there are too many young adults in Germany today without a vocational qualification. Despite numerous reforms, some 250,000 young adults find themselves in transitory educational programs every year: These programs do not offer an accredited vocational qualification. Around 30 per cent of all 20 to 34-year-olds in Germany have no formal qualification. In other words, they have no vocational or academic qualification, and are not in the process of gaining either.
The Bertelsmann Stiftung is committed to a vocational education system that offers the best possible chances of employment and further vocational education by giving young adults access to such opportunities. The goal is for every single young adult to leave the education system with a vocational or academic qualification.