Education and Life-Long Learning

New demands on products, production processes and economic conditions change the world of work, the activities and the requirements for the qualification of the working population. Technical developments such as digitization can only be tackled with well-qualified employees.

Since the 1980s, infas studies on lifelong learning have characterized changes in the world of work and job requirements. A special focus of empirical social research is the qualification preservation and the qualification development through vocational education and training. However, the re-qualification of people without work, further education in the third phase of life or the requirements for future educational offers are also special focus areas. By means of panel studies and impact analyzes, infas examines the individual and operational factors for continuing education participation and the effect of educational measures.

Topics that are regularly examined by infas in the research area "Lifelong Learning" are:

  • research into the costs and benefits of in-company training,
  • Exploring the costs and benefits of continuing education for individuals
  • continuing education studies as part of lifelong learning,
  • studies on operational skills changes and requirements,
  • Evaluations of further education offers,
  • Evaluations of chances of re-employment of unemployed persons through further qualification programs,
  • survey and analysis of educational biographies,
  • Education in old age.



Doris Hess
Head of Department Social Research
Tel. +49(0)228/38 22-413
Dr. Jacob Steinwede
Head of Department Social Research
+49(0)228/38 22-408