Our competence


ibw conducts research and development at the interfaces between education, business and qualifications.


At the heart of all ibw projects are application-oriented topics with relevance for the economy as well as issues to be treated on an interdisciplinary basis.


ibw was founded in 1975 by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO) and the Federation of Austrian Industry (IV). Apart from these two provider institutions and their sub-organisations, ibw's major project partners and clients include federal ministries, the Public Employment Service Austria (AMS), regional governments and individual companies. On an international level, the EU and OECD use ibw's services either directly or within the framework of their programmes. ibw represents Austria in the ReferNet network, which was established by the EU's Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop).





Our Research Department draws up reports and analyses at the interface between education, business and qualifications.




Apprenticeship training

■ data, facts and trends

■ analyses and concepts for further development

■ evaluation of apprenticeships and initiatives


School education

■ trend analyses

■ school governance, school administration and quality development

■ evaluation of educational policy instruments

■ acceptance on the labour market and by companies


Universities and Fachhochschulen

■ evaluation of course programmes and funding instruments

■ technology and innovation-relevant qualifications

■ comparisons of higher education systems


Lifelong learning

■ willingness to take part in CVET measures, CVET participation

■ market potential and needs assessments

■ quality assurance and development

■ financing  

■ evaluation of CVET measures


Labour-market relevance

■surveying of qualification needs

■evaluation of labour market policy measures and instruments

■indicators and benchmark analyses



VET and Europe

■qualification strategies in an international comparison

■trends and initiatives at European level

■learning-outcome orientation and qualifications frameworks

■evaluation of European programmes

■foreign languages and mobility






ibw-Forschungsberichte (research reports)

Selected studies are published in German in book form.

Anthologies pursue the aim of analysing current research findings from different perspectives.


ibw-research brief (research summary)

Four-page summary of one ibw-research report (also available in English).


ibw-Mitteilungen (newsletter)
Quarterly newsletter on current research and development projects (published in German with a summary in English).





Our Development Department creates products and services for companies, social partners, sector associations, apprentices and schools.




Career guidance

BerufsInformationsComputer BIC.at (career guidance tool)

■marketing of occupations

■information brochures

NEWSletter Berufsinformation (newsletter career guidance)

AMS-Qualifikations-Barometer (skills forecasting tool)


Apprenticeship training

■development of apprenticeships

■recruitment assistance and IVET material

■learning and course material

■training material for the final apprenticeship examination

■IVET trainer online platform ausbilder.at


Competitions and events

■national and international occupational competitions (e.g. WorldSkills, EuroSkills)

■State prize for the best training enterprises – Fit for Future

■competitions within the framework of career guidance


VET and Europe

■European VET projects

■development of foreign-language IVET material


Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wirtschaft und Schule (AWS)

■platform for teaching material on topical business issues


More about our publications at www.ibw.at