education is no guarantee for professional success. This has been established by researchers at the science center Berlin and Karlsruhe Institute for technology, in an empirical study on the impact of training.

The scientists wanted to know: what is the impact of so-called non-formal trainings such as training on new equipment, or the visiting of courses from language on the careers of workers. In the case of so-called formal training such as the master course, or a course of study, the positive aspect is undisputed, however.

For their study, the researchers analyzed the data of the National educational panel between 2009 and 2016. The focus is on the employment biographies of well 7500 employees in age from 25 to 55 years.

Who has commissioned the study? The study was funded by the Hans-Böckler-Foundation. It originated in the framework of the project “Vocational training in Germany – reasons, forms, income”. Was carried out by Christian Ebner, Karlsruhe Institute of technology, and Martin Ehlert of the science center Berlin for social research, WZB. The paper, “More and More? Non-formal vocational training and labour market mobility in Germany” appeared in the “Cologne journal for sociology and social psychology”. How were the data collected? The researchers used data from the National educational panel study (NEPS) over the period from 2009 to 2016. In their analysis, the professional biographies of 7516 were employed at the age of 25 to 55 years of age. What was the aim of the investigation? The scientists looked into the question of whether non-formal vocational training, i.e. courses, which represent the majority of the training efforts in Germany, lead to social advancement.

the Central finding of the study is makers: The Motto “advancement through education” is not true in the case of in-company training – but has the opposite effect. Employees participating in training courses, change less frequently their operation and work and to increase less often.

“From the perspective of enterprises, this is a logical strategy: If Workers are trained to perform their current job better, it makes no sense to put them on other Bodies,” said Co-author Martin Ehlert.

The finding is not to be understood as a plea against the training, according to the scientists. In-house training to enable the employed, therefore, in the situation of changing circumstances in the workplace.

Secondly, the training was a kind of guarantee of a job: these workers from the rise of rare or lose your job. Had training so that a “safety net function”. For the ascent but they would be nothing.


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