Research Reports 2008
No. 35/2008: Qualification Needs, Approaches and Strategies in the Second-Hand Sector – A European Good Practice Report
Heike Arold, Claudia Koring, Lars Windelband
Against the background of changing consumer behaviour and environmental policies, a growing second-hand sector is expected. In order to ensure quality and professionalism within companies operating in this sector, it is necessary to develop a unified Europe-wide and sector-specific qualification which is geared to real working processes and requirements. This good practice report describes the training and qualification structures in the European second-hand sector. In addition, occupational and general qualification approaches, strategies and requirements, which are identified and analysed by professional scientific research instruments in seven European countries (Germany, Austria, Belgium, UK, Finland, Slovenia and Bulgaria) are characterised.
Furthermore, essential core working processes and tasks of four business fields (furniture, textiles, CD/books and electrical/electronic devices) of the second-hand sector are described in detail. They allow an overview of the requirements that employees need to comply. Finally, consequences for a possible sector-specific qualification will be discussed, based on the results of the investigation.
Research report No. 35/2008 is available in English for download under the following link for online-reference: nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:gbv:46-ep000103982
This publication is also available in German: No. 34/2008
No. 31/2008: Shortage of skilled workers in the manufacturing sector in Germany: Results from the sector analysis
Meike Schnitger, Lars Windelband
Enterprises are increasingly complaining about a considerable shortage of skilled workers. In particular with regard to the need of occupational group of engineers and technicians the reports are exceedingly alarming. However, what is the need for the level of skilled work in the production sector (metal and electrical industry) in Germany? Do these sectors already look explicitly for skilled personnel?
The project »Shortage of Skilled Workers« deals with these deficits and aims at developing concepts for the avoidance of a shortage of skilled workers in cooperation with the enterprise. In order to design adequate personnel development measures and qualification processes it is necessary to access the world of work in the sector in terms of contents. In a first step the shortage of skilled workers on the shop-floor level within the production sector was therefore analysed with the occupational scientific instrument of the sector analysis. In the present report the results of the sector analysis will be described for Germany.
Research report No. 31/2008 is available in English for download under the following link for online-reference: www.itb.uni-bremen.de/fileadmin/Download/publikationen/forschungsberichte/fb_31_08.pdf
This publication is also available in German: Band No. 30/2008