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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

15.12.2020Press release: 206/2020

Federal Minister of Education on the 2020 training balance sheet

The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) presented the 2020 training report on Tuesday. In the past year of training, 467,500 new contracts were signed. This is 57,600 fewer than in the previous year. Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek explains: “The corona pandemic has also left noticeable marks on the training market. We are observing a decline in the number of newly concluded training contracts in almost all sectors. Especially in times of crisis like these, it is important to rely on professional training as a guarantee of success. That is why we specifically support companies through the federal program ‘Secure apprenticeships’ through training bonuses. We only developed and expanded the program a few days ago. Because it is important to me that state aid can reach companies and trainees better. Investing now in the urgently needed skilled workers will ensure the expected upswing after the crisis. I would like to thank the companies today for living up to their responsibility even in these difficult times. One thing is still important to me: the pandemic is not the only reason for the shrinking training market. School leavers are also decreasing – such are the demographic developments. Accordingly, despite the pandemic – unchanged from the previous year – there were almost 106 apprenticeships for every 100 applicants. The attractiveness of our dual training must once again make a core area of ​​our economic success visible. With the modernization of the Vocational Training Act, we laid an important foundation stone at the beginning of the year. ”Background: The BIBB survey of the newly concluded training contracts is carried out annually in cooperation with the bodies responsible for vocational training. This takes into account the training contracts that were newly concluded between October 1st of the previous year and September 30th of the survey year. . At the same time there were 496,800 applicants (demand). That is 9.6 percent less than in the previous year (2019: 549,600). The number of training places still open has increased by 12.8 percent to 59,900 compared to the previous year. The number of applicants who remained unsupported rose by 19.7 percent to 29,300 people. The full results will be published promptly on the BIBB website at


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