Continuing vocational training is an increasing challenge for educational institutions, participants, lecturers and didactic concepts, especially with regard to the increasingly diversified labor market and the resulting growing demands on employees. Since there are hardly any job profiles that can do without in-service training, the willingness to take part in further training is also required and assumed.
In-service training can take different forms depending on the requirements. Be it short-term workshops and seminars, in-house training, or even vocational academies and distance learning universities: They all offer the opportunity to further qualify as an employee alongside your job and, last but not least, open up new perspectives on the job market. It is not uncommon for in-service training to lead to internal advancement within the company, but in any case to underline one’s own claims for a different, more qualified position. More and more educational institutions have meanwhile specialized in in-service training and, in addition to standard courses such as the European Computer Driver’s License (ECDL), English courses, Training on certain application programs as well as forklift driver’s licenses, and increasingly courses in administration and human resources. The conversion of almost all university courses to bachelor and master programs also gives vocational academies and their degrees a new meaning. Especially in the banking sector, part-time training in the sense of attending a vocational academy is an important prerequisite in order to be able to set the building blocks of later career steps.
In addition to the need for constant expansion of specialist knowledge, there is of course also the question of funding for all forms of in-service training. Little by little, the realization seems to be gaining acceptance that both sides, i.e. employers and employees, must make their contribution to a fair distribution of education costs. It is not just about pure financing, but also the willingness to invest time. Politicians also feel obliged to create the appropriate legal framework and uniform quality standards. Only if qualified and certified sponsors and lecturers prevail
Everyone has thought in their life that they are not really satisfied with their chosen profession. or else in terms of his skills, is far underwhelmed in his job. Some people may have had to make a career choice that you didn’t like at the time, but was the only option at the time. Everyone has the opportunity, even if they are not quite so young, for further training.
Vocational training In some professions, further training is even required by the employer, and the costs for further training are also borne. In the health sector, or in the school area, further training is essential because progress is very fast in these areas. For people who have not been working for a long time, be it for private reasons or because of unemployment, further training is of great advantage in order to make it easier for them to re-enter the world of work by training further training. In order to be able to climb the ladder of success higher in his current job, further training is an advantage, you just have to be aware that you usually take part-time training within a company and will have little free time.
Private training In the most distant sense, private further training can also be retraining. If you find out that the chosen profession no longer suits you, or the area of interest has changed and you want to try something new. Even those who catch up on their head or middle school in an evening school begin further training in a private sense in order to increase their professional chances. But there are also people who want to increase their general education and are therefore striving for further training in various areas. Even people of advanced age can be seen in an evening school today, where they continue their training in computer courses. Language training can also be an advantage. If you are considering moving to another country, and does not want to break its bridges without language skills. or just because you want to speak a second foreign language, or even have to because of your job.
Whether you are looking for a new job, want to improve your position in the work, or just want to expand your knowledge – adult education can be very helpful. For example, you can acquire specialist knowledge in a specific area, learn an additional language, or “research” a new subject as a guest student at a university. There are various types and possibilities in which no age limits are set.
The right to free personal development is strongly emphasized and practiced at both national and international levels. Accordingly, there is also the possibility in Germany to receive state funding for adult education. Mostly when you are looking for a job and adult education can help. In addition, the right to educational leave has existed since the 1970s. As a result, employees have the right, as a rule five days a year, to be released for political and professional further training. However, only very few people know this and therefore only one to two percent of those entitled make use of this law.
There are many providers of public adult education. On the one hand there are family educational institutions, adult education centers as well as church and trade union institutions. On the other hand, private educational institutions also offer adult education. As far as universities are concerned, a 50 Plus program is usually offered, which, as the name suggests, affects people who have reached the age of 50. Whether only as a guest student or as a “student” with proof of achievement, universities have places for such enthusiastic people. A certificate can also be obtained at the end. Anyone who is in the media these days can also use the broad adult education program on the Internet – e-learning. So you can get further training from home. This is particularly useful for young mothers who look after their child at home.
Adult education very often does not take place in frontal lessons. Rather, numerous learning methods are used, which open up a wealth of options for people and include personal and professional experience. Some of the learning methods are project work, business game and action-oriented teaching.
There are many books on adult education available commercially. Tips, examples and addresses are listed there. The “German Institute for Adult Education” also provides information about educational institutions, offers and opportunities.