The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, headquartered in Bonn, was founded in 1970 on the basis of the Vocational Training Act (Berufsbildungsgesetz, BBiG) as a federal government institution for policy, research and practice in the field of vocational education and training (VET). It is recognized as a center of excellence for vocational research and for the progressive development of VET in Germany. BIBB works to identify future challenges in VET, stimulate innovation in national and international vocational systems, and develop new, practice-oriented solutions for both initial and continuing vocational education and training, according to the institute's website.
Amongst other publications and data, BIBB releases an annual Data Report,which supplements the Report on Vocational Education and Training published by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The report provides information and analysis relating to various aspects of the development of vocational education and training.
Being directly accountable to the Federal Government, BIBB is funded from the federal government budget and is subject to the legal supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).