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Going up-skill: exploring the transformation of the German skill formation system

Durazzi, Niccolo and Benassi, Chiara (2018) Going up-skill: exploring the transformation of the German skill formation system. German Politics. ISSN 0964-4008

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09644008.2018.1520840


The German skill formation system has been undergoing significant changes over the last two decades and most recently we observed massive expansion of higher education vis-à-vis the ‘traditional’ dual vocational training, which stands in contrast with the notion of equilibrium that has accompanied the German skill formation system in the literature. Yet, while the institutional underpinnings of the traditional model have been subject to comprehensive scrutiny and theorisation – including analyses of recent patterns of change – it remains unclear what arrangements have become institutionalised as skill formation ‘moves up’ from the dual vocational training to the university system. The article suggests that a (dominant) pattern of state coordination co-exist with a segmentalist pattern: the state mobilized resources and coordinated the provision of high skill formation to the benefit of all companies and in particular of small and medium sized enterprises that have relatively fewer resources and capacity to train; in parallel, large firms, with more resources and a large internal labour market, met their high skill needs also without state-mediation, by establishing direct relationships with higher education institutions through dual study programmes.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2018 Association for the Study of German Politics
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
University Structure > Language Centre > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2018 11:18
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 23:20
Projects: ESN01605X1
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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