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The German system of vocational education and training: challenges of gender, academisation and the integration of low-achieving youth

Haasler, Simone R

In Germany, the dual system of apprenticeship training has traditionally been very strong. The dominant position of the dual system, however, is being challenged by other training routes gaining significance, particularly tertiary education. This article investigates the extent to which this is leading to a restructuring of the dual system. Developments in school-based vocational programmes, trends of academisation and challenges deriving from qualifying low achievers are discussed. The growing significance of school-based programmes is linked to the gender impact of the vocational education and training (VET) system and the gender segmentation of the German labour market, while academisation reflects labour market demands for high skills. With dual study programmes and three and a half-year dual training, the dual system seeks to provide attractive training options for highly skilled young people. This, however, has made access to fully-qualifying vocational programmes very difficult for low-achieving young people, including migrants and refugees, thereby challenging the integration function of the German VET system.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000117454
Veröffentlicht am 28.02.2020
DOI: 10.1177/1024258919898115
Zitationen: 1
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Berufspädagogik und Allgemeine Pädagogik (IBAP)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 02.2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1024-2589, 1996-7284
KITopen-ID: 1000117454
Erschienen in Transfer
Band 26
Heft 1
Seiten 57–71
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 12.02.2020
Schlagwörter Academisation, gender, Germany, low-achieving youth, school-based vocational training, skill formation, transition system, vocational education and training
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