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Professional qualifications – how much of them do you really need?

The Institute of Psychology at Humboldt University in Berlin ran its algorithms over 860,000 online job ads in the construction and catering industries on behalf of the Bertelsmann Foundation.


Specific occupational fields would hardly be in demand here anymore. Rather, “unskilled” workers must also demonstrate certain “competencies.” The difference between “skilled workers” and “unskilled workers” is therefore eroding. Professional training in the classic sense is hardly necessary here anymore.

“The division of labor in the economy and the specialization of companies have led to an increasing demand for competence profiles between ‘fully trained’ and ‘unskilled’,” he said. ‘So we need a flexible way for people to prove their on-the-job skills.'”

This could point to a way to harness the untapped potential of the many unskilled workers to address the workforce shortage in the economy, according to the article. Modularization of vocational training would be desirable here, and has also been demanded by employers and also the BA for some time.


“Unions in particular (…) opposed a broad shift away from holistic education for fear of new low-wage groups.”

In the meantime, the boost in continuing education that the government of the traffic light coalition announced is still being awaited. However, the market will probably really do the trick in this context. The pressure on the empty labor market is too great.

Article on July 14, 2022 published on piqd as a reference to the Handelsblatt article Companies also like to take “half skilled workers”

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