Orientation for training and career

Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) present Berufenavi.de – an innovative vocational orientation programme.

Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, and BIBB Research Director Prof. Dr. Hubert Ertl recently presented the new online portal for young people's vocational orientation. By providing support and direction, it gives young people a helping hand online, identifies structured routes for the vocational orientation and therefore helps to make a desired occupation a reality for the individual concerned.

The portal, developed by BIBB on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education, is a new digital component supplementing the Educational Chains initiative of the Federal Government which emphasizes the importance of every young person being able to transition seamlessly from school into training. For example, young people in final year classes can take talent tests, search through placement sites, connect with personal advisors and in this way access initial guidance. If students have a clearer idea of the job they want to do, there is the option of having local and regional offers displayed once t the desired occupation and home postcode has been addressed. Berufenavi.de therefore offers a way to bundle together the many digital job search offers in a central location and to make these available, accessible and more visible. 

Parents and teachers however are also able to use the online portal to support young people as they find and navigate their way through the options available in the world of training and careers. BIBB Research Director Prof. Dr. Hubert Ertl underlines the importance of the portal because: "A training occupation is very often chosen based on a relatively small range of occupations. There are over 300 dual training occupations, as well as occupations with school-based training. While there is very high demand for some occupations, other occupations are not even considered. There are various reasons for this, including the profile of the occupations. The Berufenavi offers young people access to information in a structured manner appropriate to their needs. It allows them to make a well-reasoned choice of occupation more in line with their personal interests and less in line with the mainstream."


Berufenavi (German)