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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe



Workplace basic skills provision: Germany

by EBSN CBS Editor
Language: EN

Workplace learning in Germany can be approached through three projects and initiatives: AlphaGrund Bildung für den Arbeitsplatz, BasisKomPlus (Arbeit und Leben) and the Toolbox: Arbeitsorientierte Grundbildung (AoG). This section aims to give a basic introduction to the key materials of these initiatives. 


German projects and initiatives


  1. AlphaGrund: Bildung für den Arbeitsplatz (in German)


AlphaGrund offers job-related basic education for low-skilled workers. The target group includes both personnel experts and low-skilled employees. Compact information about the project can be found in the AlphaGrund explanation video in German. 

Source from: Bildungswerk der Bayerischen Wirtschaft.


Further introductory videos are available in German under the following link


Eight business educational institutions in Hesse, Thuringia, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württenberg, Bremen, Bavaria, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Lower Saxony

  • inform companies, job centres and other local actors about qualification measures for workplace-oriented basic education,
  • then develop offers individually tailored to the operational and industry-specific requirements,
  • carry them out and evaluate them free of charge in the company or educational institution.


For further open access materials please follow the link (in German).



  1. BasisKomPlus (Arbeit und Leben)


BasisKomPlus aims to reach employees and implement individual training courses who improve both iteracy and basic skills like e.g. communication skills, digital skills or workers participation skills.

Also, BasisKomPlus developes different strategies to inform and sensitize multipliers groups within and beyond companies. Unions are an important access and work councils are important „key persons” to support basic education in companies.


Factsheet in English


Watch the short introduction video on BasisKomPlus (in German): 

Source from: Bundesarbeitskreis ARBEIT UND LEBEN e.V.



  1. Toolbox: Arbeitsorientierte Grundbildung (AoG)


The Toolbox is aimed at trainers, educational institutions, personnel managers and personnel networks as well as training consultants who are interested in dealing with the topic of work-oriented basic education.

It contains a large number of tried and tested materials that can be used to initiate, implement and evaluate work-oriented basic education programmes. Background information, short film clips and further information, for example on funding instruments or educational counselling centres accredited in NRW, supplement the toolbox.




The Capacity Building Series of EBSN provides free open educational resources (OERs) and massive online courses (MOOCs) through EPALE, to help the implementation of the European Commission recommendations on Upskilling pathways in EU Member States. EPALE is funded by the Erasmus+ programme, as part the European Commission’s ongoing commitment to improving the quality of adult learning provision in Europe. The project is implemented with the support of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).



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