How to match skill levels and educational attainment: graduates with knowledge gaps?

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On the one hand, complain Company loud about a shortage of skilled workers, on the other hand, the universities are bursting at the seams in view of high student numbers. Skills shortage and educational high - how does that fit together? Best of HR –®

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Frank Heinrich 96Frank Heinrich, head of the Stensington Academy, was, among others, director of the European Media Academy, company spokesman for SAT1 and adviser to the Prime Minister of Luxembourg.


Everything was better before?

Anyone who studies knows the problem: ProfessorThose who have barely time for office hours, faculty members who give the impression that they are still able to read the introduction and conclusion during the elaborations and, of course, auditoriums that are bursting at the seams.

That was not the same before, you might think. And yet I believe that the situation today is fundamentally different from the time.

Fewer school graduates, more students

In the current semester, 492.700 students have started studying. Compared with Wintersemester 11 / 12 to Wintersemester 12 / 13 are almost 100.000 students more than registered.

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The reasons are apparently obvious: double graduation years due to shortened Gymnasialzeit as well as the abolition of conscription and community service. Both reasons have undoubtedly played a significant role in the increase in student numbers. However, you can not fully explain why Quota of the study entrants since 2001 rose by just under 50 per cent is.

Educational high thanks to Bologna process

The fact that Germany is experiencing a regular education despite the decline in the number of pupils in the context of demographic change is ultimately due to political initiatives within the framework of the Bologna Process.

The introduction of the bachelor as a time-concise university degree generates an early career entry. Background: The labor market is provided with qualified personnel, thus stopping the growing shortage of skilled workers. According to experts, the graduate quota prescribed by the German Science Council must be reached at 35 percent.

90 percent of Company Report recruitment problems

A survey by the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers under Human Resources actually shows that the skills shortage is already a serious problem. 90 percent report recruitment problems and expect in the future with a further aggravation of the situation.

This assessment is underpinned by a McKinsey study, which shows that by the year 2020 around 2,4 millions of well-educated specialists are missing. For the sake of illustration: currently about 2,5 million students are enrolled at German universities.

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Poor quality in teaching

The political efforts are already bearing fruit - at least on paper: the graduate level of graduates could be increased by 17 to 30 percent with a first university degree since the introduction of the graded study structure.

However, the so-called “academization” of other sections of the population has nothing to counter the shortage of skilled workers, provided the quality of the teaching is not right.

Number of permanent teaching staff drops

Some critics are responsible for the decline in the number of permanent staff, despite the massive increase in student numbers, which has partly been impacted by more favorable free-lance workers.

The number of part-time employees at public universities has increased by 2001 percent since 85, as the Federal Statistical Office announced in a press conference on “University location Germany 2012” on December 5, 2012.

Employers make it too easy

When it comes to education and quality of education, employers, on the other hand, often become too simple with their constant reputation for the state. First of all, they should exploit the untapped potential of further training in their own company and recruit future specialists and executives from the pool of existing employees.

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A continuing vocational training program can help to remedy this situation and help to bind employees to the company in the long term. So far, however, companies do not make the most of the possibility of in-house qualification: in 60 percent of companies, there are less than five further training days per year, and in every seventh operation, it is a maximum of two days.

Master also possible without academic training

The state has already created the necessary prerequisites for this. Since the 2009 Conference on Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs, those with a non-academic background, for example, have a master's degree.

As a consequence, this means that now, too, they can qualify from practice for higher tasks, which have so far often been denied the career advancement.

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