About us

The Institute

Research and pilot projects in vocational education and training – empirical surveys – evaluation – programme monitoring

Vocational education and training make significant contributions to Germany's economic strength and have long since become an important economic factor. High quality and flexibility are required to meet the demands of a dynamic economy.

Fields of activity

Forschungsinstitut Betriebliche Bildung (f-bb) supports the further development of the vocational education and training (VET) system through research in Germany and internationally. In close cooperation with our clients in government and business, we develop concepts for innovative vocational education and training and ensure their effectiveness in companies.

Our range of services includes

  • the implementation of design and transfer projects for vocational education and training,
  • the preparation of case studies, empirical surveys, and evaluations,
  • scientific support for funding programmes and pilot projects.

Research transfer

An integral part of our work is the transfer of research results to the "real world". We make the results in VET research and practice and education policy more widely available. Conferences, related web portals, specialist publications, our own book series, and a university course of study co-designed by f-bb offer the general public and specialists insights into our work.

Quality policy

As a research institution, f-bb is committed to ensuring that its results are consistently valid, traceable, and transferable. Its work is accompanied by a scientific advisory board, which advises on questions related to the institute's strategic orientation. As a non-profit organisation, f-bb does not primarily pursue economic goals.

As a service, the quality of research is measured by meeting technical and methodological standards. Our quality policy is based on competence and a research and client focus and is supported by a quality management system. f-bb is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015.


f-bb is a member of the Federal Working Group on Vocational Education Research (AG BFN) www.agbfn.de and the Wuppertal Kreis e.V. www.wkr-ev.de, the umbrella organisation for in-service training institutions. It has signed the Diversity Charter www.charta-der-vielfalt.de/die-charta and has voluntarily committed to an active pursuit of diversity within the organisation. f-bb is part of a network of more than 3,000 companies and public institutions that see a corporate culture based on the recognition and appreciation of diversity as a key factor in their competitiveness.