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Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training
Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB)

UNEVOC Centre (National Body) since 1994

The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) is recognised as a centre of excellence for vocational research and for the progressive development of vocational education and training (VET) in Germany. BIBB works to identify future challenges in VET, stimulate innovation in national and international vocational systems, and develop new, practiceoriented solutions for both initial and continuing vocational education and training.

Technological, economic and social change presents companies with the constant challenge of maintaining a highly qualified skilled workforce. In Germany, the structural foundation for these qualifications is the dual system of initial vocational training and company-based continuing vocational training. At the same time, a dual system programme of initial vocational training lays the foundation for lifelong learning. Both initial and continuing vocational education and training are investments in the future.

Being directly accountable to the Federal Government, BIBB is funded directly from the federal government budget and is subject to the legal supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Since 1999 its headquarters have been in Bonn.


BIBB was founded in 1970 on the basis of the Vocational Training Act (Berufsbildungsgesetz, BBiG) as a federal government institution for policy, research and practice in the field of vocational education and training.


For 50 years now, BIBB has continued to fulfil this role. Its current basis in law is the Vocational Training Act of January 1, 2020 which sets out the Institute´s tasks. In its research and development work and its advisory activities, BIBB helps to provide individuals with qualifications of lasting value for their economic security and employability, and to ensure the international competitiveness of German business and industry.

Regular tasks

  • VET Research and Monitoring
  • Structure and Regulation of VET
  • VET International
  • Vocational Training - Initiatives

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
Primary focus
Developing knowledge
Primary focus
Developing and building capacities
Primary focus


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
  Secondary focus
Primary focus
Policy makers
Primary focus
Private sector
Primary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
  Interested to contribute
  Interested to contribute
OER and Online Learning
  Interested to contribute
Equity of access in TVET
  Interested to contribute
Gender equality in TVET
  Interested to contribute
Fostering entrepreneurship
   Interested to learn
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
  Interested to contribute

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
Highly interested
Policy oriented projects
Highly interested
Knowledge development
Highly interested
Workshops and conferences
Highly interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
Highly interested
With the Arab States
  Moderately interested
With Asia and the Pacific
Highly interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
Highly interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
  Moderately interested


Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB)
Robert-Schuman Platz 3
53175 Bonn


local time now: ~01:05 ±1 hour daylight saving time

Head of UNEVOC Centre
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Hubert Esser

UNEVOC Coordinator
Michael Schwarz
Deputy Head of Division / Research Associate
VET International

Tel. *****
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7 November 2019
2nd BIBB Conference on the Economics of Vocational Education and Training: Markets - Institutions – Systems
The German Federal TVET Institute hosts its second conference on the economics of vocational education and training (VET) on November 7th and 8th 2019 in Siegburg. The conference will bring together researchers from all related fields to discuss the most recent empirical and theoretical results on this subject. Conference language is English, registration is open between 1st of August and the 28th of October 2019.
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