Although the state has invested since the mid-1990s, more and more money in the education sector, he has withdrawn to a new investigation from the financing of continuing training measures.

As a on Monday presented a study at the University of Duisburg-Essen commissioned by the Bertelsmann Foundation shows, decreased the investment of the public sector for adult education between 1995 and 2015, to a total of 43 percent. These businesses and the learners themselves to compensate accordingly. In other areas of education – from kindergarten to University – are, in contrast, flowed more and more.

the majority of The training expenses will be borne according to the study, private: 11.1 billion euros school chartered in the year 2015, the companies. 9.5 billion euros, the participants of the training carried offered. The Federal government, States and municipalities invested, according to the data, with 6.3 billion euros in comparison with the smallest proportion.

more Recent data the study authors concluded that can not be determined, because some of the necessary data bases are published only with great delay.

Although the Federal government, the Länder and the local authorities put according to the study, since the low point in 2012 (4.9 billion euros), slightly more in training and qualification measures. “A significant reversal of the trend we can not see but,” said education expert Martin Noack Bertelsmann Foundation. The since stronger measures were mainly short-term unemployed, but only rarely low-skilled and Hartz-IV-recipients.

the authors of The study expressed the concern that especially the low-skilled remained on the track. This would take significantly less professional training than the average citizen. You had no funds to pay for training out of their own pocket. On the other hand, you would be promoted less by the employer. “In a largely privatized education we have, what we call the Matthew principle in the educational experience: “Who, the”, the others go empty. The solidified inequalities,” said Noack.

In the summer, want the education, and the Department of labor to submit, according to the experts, the national training strategy. The political demand, to invest more and target more accurately in life-long Learning, and want to know the Foundation, therefore, also as a contribution to the political debate is understood. “In an era of ongoing digitalization, people need to have more chances to qualify,” stressed the Foundation Board of Directors Jörg Dräger. The state support for the education and training should come to the 4.6 million low-skilled in Germany, more than in the past.