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Everyone is talking about Further education: But finding the right training is like looking for the famous needle in a haystack, because the German training landscape is more than confusing: Lack of legal regulations and binding standards make it difficult to compare the various offers. Definition - what is training? Definition - what is training?

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Continuing education is worthwhile!


The acceptance of the often completed education for a lot of money and time spent on the job market is often uncertain. And it is not without reason that people willing to follow up on training often ask themselves: is education going to get me to the desired goal?

The good news is: continuing education is worthwhile. Because lifelong learning secures the advance in the profession in the long term. And: Good further education does not necessarily have to be expensive, as there are numerous funding and funding options.

However, it is crucial that you find the appropriate training for yourself. This not only means that content and completion meet the intended career goal and are recognized by potential employers and employers, but also that the goal is reasonably proportionate to the time and expense involved.

Background knowledge necessary!


However, it is not always easy to bring all these requirements into line with one another, but requires a certain background knowledge: firstly, you must know where to look for the appropriate training and financing.

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On the other hand, you should know which criteria should be taken into account when choosing the appropriate training. And you should know what alternative options you have to train yourself. This article series will help you!

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Are there any further developments like sand at sea? How are the various offers actually defined, articulated, differentiated?

An attempt of classification - by the German Education Council and the Federal Institute for Vocational Training.

The German Education Council has defined 1970 the overall complex of continuing education as


"Continuing or resuming organized learning after completion of a varied first phase of education ... The end of the first phase of education and thus the beginning of potential further education is usually characterized by the entry into full employment ... Short-term training or familiarization in the workplace is one of them not in the context of continuing education ".

The generic term "further education" is subdivided into three types of educational offerings:


  • The general education includes all continuing education programs which are not directly related to the profession. In practice, it is not always easy to distinguish between continuing vocational training, as key qualifications such as Teamwork, Creativity or media literacy are becoming more and more important at work. Foreign languages ​​serve the general personality as well as the better communication in the occupation. However, general education also includes political and cultural further education.
  • The university education has the aim to keep the knowledge of the participants up-to-date or to expand according to the university degree, as do the construction studies. Continuing training at universities, however, is also open to professionals who do not have undergraduate degrees, who would now like to learn scientific work.
  • The continuing Professional EducationThe classic field for courses to deepen or supplement professional knowledge is what is commonly understood as continuing education. And this professional development can even be financially supported by employers or the state. in the Vocational Training Act (BBiG) a distinction is made between training and retraining: A training is used to maintain or expand the professional knowledge and skills of employees or unemployed, or to adapt them to the current level of knowledge in a profession. On the other hand, retraining should enable a new occupational activity. The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) offers an overview of possible continuing education professions.

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  1. Green Belt

    every additional knowledge is a gain - not just for the job. Sometimes new possibilities open up

    • Simone Janson

      Thanks for the very good reference!

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