The Project ÜFAÜFA means “Transition of Academically and Vocationally qualified Educational Professionals into the Labour Market”. The project is collaboratively realised by the Fliedner Fachhochschule Düsseldorf (University of Applied Sciences), the University of Koblenz Landau (Campus Landau) and the Philipps-University Marburg. It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and part of the funding initiative „Expansion of the Further Education Initiative for Professionals in Early Childhood Pedagogics” (AWiFF).
BackgroundThe training system for professionals in early childhood education has changed considerably in recent years. On the one hand there is an increasing demand regarding early childhood education and care. On the other hand, a new level of professionalisation has been added to the system of training by establishing a university-based course for the qualification of early childhood educators. At the same time, the labour market in the field of early childhood education and care seems to be particularly insecure for young people who are newly entering the profession. At present, only a few studies about conditions of employment of professionals in early childhood education exist, which indicate that conditions are increasingly insecure and that especially job starters are affected.
The StudyThe project is a nationwide longitudinal survey with two waves. The first interview took place at the end of the training (spring 2012). The second interview is scheduled to take place 1 ½ years after graduation at the beginning of career entry (autumn 2013). The study is designed as a standardised web survey. In addition, paper-pencil questionnaires are offered.
Goals• Career entry of professionals in early childhood education
• Field of work and conditions of employment
• Impact of qualification profiles and regional labour markets on occupational placement