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The Institute

The Austrian Institute for Research on Vocational Training (öibf) is a scientific, non-profit, independent research institute founded in 1970. We manage and carry out research and development in various areas of vocational education and training (VET). Fields of research are initial and further education and training, vocational guidance and counselling, evaluation research, observation of the labour market, innovation in VET, new media, economics and gender topics.

The Austrian Institute for Research on Vocational Training (öibf) was founded om 1970 through the initiative of the "Berufsförderungsinstitut" (bfi), which is a vocational education and training institute for workers and unemployment persons, owned by the Chambers of Labour and the Austrian Trade Union Federation and with the support of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB), the Chamber of Labour (AK), the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs as well as the Federal Ministry of Arts, Science and Research.

From the beginning öibf has cooperated with various international institutions, including supranational organisations.