Forum VI

Healthcare and nursing: perspectives for vocational education and training

The Nursing Act has introduced a new and generalist form of nursing training. This will enable those who complete it to work in all areas of care, including general nursing, paediatric nursing and geriatric nursing. The new training programmes will begin in 2020. The forum will start with a keynote address on the future of nursing and on the growing significance of this field of employment in terms of implementing the new nursing training. This will be backed up with specific examples from practice.

The healthcare professions are being subjected to considerable change and are becoming increasingly important. The influence exerted by digital technologies on organisational processes and on interaction of skilled workers with customers is also rising within this occupational field. On the second day, an introductory presentation on continuing training approaches in this area of employment will serve as the basis for a presentation of selected examples from practice relating to digitalisation in the healthcare professions. The forum will conclude with a podium debate, during which current and future challenges and perspectives for vocational training in the healthcare and nursing sector will be discussed.


7 June 2018 Thematic block 1:
The new nursing training

2:45 pm Introduction and moderation
Gunther Spillner, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
3:00 pm Keynote presentation: The future of nursing
Dr. Tobias Viering, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ)
3:45 pm The new nursing training – introduction of the office at BIBB
Claudia Böcker, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
4:30 pm Break
5:00 pm Robotics in geriatric care – new forms of interaction
Felix Carros, University of Siegen
5:45 pm Erasmus+-Projekte: HC-EU (HealthCareEurope)
Claudia Ball, Dekra Akademie GmbH
Professor Barbara Knigge-Demal, Social welfare organisation of the German Protestant church in Gladbeck-Dorsten-Bottrop
6:30 pm End of the forum

8 June 2018 Thematic block 2:
Examples of implementation in initial and continuing training

8:30 am Introduction and moderation
Short film from practical projects (EPICSAVE)
Barbara Hemkes, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
8:45 am VET research foundation of a modern continuing education culture in the regional care sector
Professor Ulrike Buchmann, University of Siegen
9:15 am Dual courses of study in the area of nursing/healthcare
Professor Christa Büker, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences
Professor Änne-Dörte Latteck, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences
9:45 am Digitalisation in the area of healthcare supplies and devices
Claudia Böcker, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Digital media in healthcare professions – selected examples from practice
Florian Behringer, Charité – University Hospital Berlin
Dr. Thomas Luiz, Fraunhofer IESE
Professor Jonas Schild, Bonn/Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
11:15 am Final debate
Healthcare and nursing – challenges and perspectives for vocational education and training
Professor Ulrike Buchmann, University of Siegen
Dr. Monika Hackel, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)
Birgit Ratz, Caritas Association of the City of Bonn
Melanie Wehrheim, United Services Trade Union (ver.di)

Moderation: Barbara Hemkes, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)

12:15 pm End of the forum

Claudia Ball

Claudia has her academic background in psychology and education science and holds a Bachelor degree in Learning, Training and Teaching Psychology and Education Science and a Master degree in Education Management by the University of Erfurt (DE). She started her career within European education and training in 2001 as a European volunteer and shortly after as programme coordinator for European education projects at the European Federation for Intercultural Learning in Brussels.

Since 2009 Claudia works for DEKRA Akademie GmbH (DE) as project manager and researcher for European education projects and later as Research Manager. In those positions she led a number of European projects and currently implements with her team more than 10 national and European research and development projects in the field of vocational education and training. Those are among others the DEKRA-coordinated projects HCEU (, EUcareNET (, FutureDRV ( and LaSiDig ( All those projects deal with vocational education and training in Germany and Europe and how to further enhance the implementation of work related learning and training in policy and praxis. Claudia has her sectoral focus on transport / logistics but also deals with topics related to European transparency instruments and instructional design in other sectors such as healthcare.

Furthermore, Claudia regularly contributes as speaker to conferences and provided consultation to European institutions throughout her career on different topics related to education matters in Europe. Currently she contributes to the realisation of the 2018 update of the European inventory on the validation of non-formal and informal learning as a country expert for Germany. She also works as a lecturer at the Technical University of Dresden on topics related to vocational education and training.