ISOB is part of the scientific monitoring of programmes to further develop the vocational and further educational systems.


The BIBB (Federal Institute for Vocational Training) initiated the pilot project’s focal point of support „New paths into the German dual system – Heterogeneity: the chance to secure qualified employees“ in 2010.
The project results can be viewed here:


Since 2011, 18 nationwide pilot projects have been funded by the BIBB and BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research).

The pilot projects with this focus are supported and evaluated by a common system of scientific monitoring, which is consulted each time any planning strategies are implemented.

The team consists of:

  • Forschungsgruppe SALSS, Bonn/Berlin,
    Contact: Peter Jablonka, Prof. Dr. Helmut Ernst
  • Institut für Berufs- und Betriebspädagogik der Otto- von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg,
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Klaus Jenewein, Dr. Heidi Felsche, Dr. Michael Martin and
  • ISOB-Institut für sozialwissenschaftliche Beratung GmbH, Regensburg,
    Contact: Gabriele Marchl (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

ISOB is the contact organisation for 5 pilot projects in Bavaria and Baden Württemberg

Concept of the scientific monitoring in the scope of the focal point “Heterogeneity”


In close cooperation with the BIBB.

Programme leadership and expert supervision: Gisela Westhoff, Marion Trimkowsk.



With the actors in the pilot project, solutions will be found to multi-faceted and (region-) specific problems in vocational training centres, when acquiring new vocational trainees and implementing the vocational training in a successful manner.

The Background of the courses of action to be developed is the challenge produced by demographic change (diminishing number of applicants) and the highly heterogeneous training requirements and training potential of the young people in an environment which is orientated towards securing long-term employees. However, this means supporting the young people so that they can get into the German dual system without being on hold for too long, and are able to gain a good vocational qualification.

The basis of the scientific monitoring work is an action research approach, which guarantees the participation of all actors, as well as gaining co-productive knowledge in a complex network of research and development processes. In iterative cycles of research and action, the current requirements for innovation - in the German dual system and in the established regional bridging system - will be developed and disseminated.

Main aims of the scientific monitoring:

1. Along the line of workflow, research and action knowledge is generated for the actors involved in the programme and pilot project.

2. Constructive networking of knowledge, expertise and areas of interest of the actors, from vocational training practices, policies and research, as well as the acknowledgement and transfer of knowledge in this system of action 

3. Conceptual and methodical support of a knowledge based cooperation of all actors in the research and development network “New paths/Heterogeneity”

Further information about this concept

Gabriele Marchl ISOB GmbH: Forschungsfragen der Wissenschaftlichen Begleitung des Modellversuchsförderschwerpunktes

Peter Jablonka SALSS, Gabriele Marchl ISOB GmbH: Wissenschaftliche Begleitung -Forschungsfragen & erste Ergebnisse