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Ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing

The most ex­ten­sive task in this field is man­ag­ing loans pur­suant to the Fed­er­al Train­ing As­sis­tance Act (BAföG). Since the 1970s, loans paid by train­ing as­sis­tance of­fices have been col­lect­ed by the BVA once re­cip­i­ents have fin­ished their stud­ies, so that the funds can ben­e­fit the next gen­er­a­tion of stu­dents. It is a pa­per­less col­lec­tion in­clud­ing 1.47 mil­lion dig­i­tized files.

Train­ing loans (‘Bil­dungskred­it’) are man­aged on­line, too. The Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment set up this pro­gramme in 2001 in or­der to al­low pupils and stu­dents in ad­vanced stages to com­plete their train­ing or stud­ies. The BVA close­ly co­op­er­ates with KfW Banken­gruppe in this re­spect.

How­ev­er, there is al­so a much more di­rect link be­tween the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion and train­ing: the BVA is the cen­tral (fur­ther) train­ing au­thor­i­ty for 106 fed­er­al agen­cies. 1,600 peo­ple un­der­go train­ing in the BVA's train­ing cen­tres in Berlin and Cologne, in­clud­ing fu­ture ad­min­is­tra­tive spe­cial­ists, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy spe­cial­ists, and civ­il ser­vants. Fur­ther­more, the BVA has been the com­pe­tent agen­cy for vo­ca­tion­al train­ing in pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion since 1971 – it in­spects and mon­i­tors vo­ca­tion­al train­ing in more than 350 oth­er fed­er­al au­thor­i­ties.

The BVA's Cen­tral Agen­cy for Schools Abroad (ZfA) en­sures Ger­man ed­u­ca­tion­al work out­side our coun­try. Cur­rent­ly, about 1,100 schools world­wide re­ceive per­son­nel, fi­nan­cial and ped­a­gog­i­cal as­sis­tance from the ZfA.