Career Guidance for Low-Qualified Workers in Germany

In Germany, the three ‘Ds’ – Digitalisation, Decarbonisation and Demographic change – are dominating the headlines. Countless studies analyse the impact of these megatrends on the world of work and document how job profiles are changing. The growing demand for high-level cognitive skills and complex social interaction skills is challenging particularly low-qualified workers. In response to these trends, many countries have developed career guidance programmes to support individuals and companies in navigating career options and sustainable job transitions. However, low-qualified workers are less likely to receive career guidance than those with higher qualifications and even those who are unemployed due to a range of multi-layered and interconnected barriers. The report first gives an overview of career guidance provision at the federal level in Germany and then describes career guidance needs and provision in the states of Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). It reviews the support that low-qualified workers have access to, where learnings could serve in other regions and at the national level and provides recommendations on how provision for this group can be strengthened.

Available from March 10, 2022

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Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Low-qualified workers and their career guidance options in Germany
Low-qualified workers in Berlin and their career guidance options
Low-qualified workers in North Rhine‑Westphalia and their career guidance options
Towards a better career guidance system
Annexes3 chapters available
Data sources
Methodology note on the qualitative interviews with low-qualified employees
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