Some 87 percent of Austrian companies offer their employees further training opportunities. Increasingly, these focus on learning soft skills and not just on vocational qualifications.

Education is undergoing a process of major change and re-evaluation, both nationally and internationally. There are two key trends that can be identified: Firstly, social policy factors such as the rise in the general level of education, increasing individualisation, the aspiration to life-long, continuous learning and internationalisation are making a material contribution to a massive expansion in the range of further education available. Secondly, educational establishments are acquiring more and more autonomy in terms of budgets and personnel and at the same time – or precisely because of these factors – are battling with a shortage of resources.

These developments are changing the educational landscape in Austria too from a set structure defined by the state to a competition-oriented knowledge society. Demographic change and the use of new technologies are making continuous further education and training indispensable. In this context, non-formal further education, i.e. knowledge and skills that are acquired outside schools and universities are especially important. In future, learning outcomes will be key factors no matter where they were acquired. In the professional search for staff, it is a matter of taking due account of these processes of change and bringing employees on board who have just this kind of mindset.