Prof. Dr. Silvia Annen

Short Bio

Silvia Annen studied business education and holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Cologne. From 2007 until 2019, she worked as a senior researcher at the Federal Institute for VET (BIBB). From 2017 until 2019, she conducted a DFG-sponsored comparative project on the integration of foreign-trained workers in the labor market as visiting scholar at the University of Toronto (OISE). Her main research fields are comparative research in VET, (international) recognition of qualifications, educational pathways and occupational research in the commerce sector. Since 2020, she is a full professor for business education at the University of Bamberg.

Research interests

  • Recognition of qualifications and competences
  • Labour market usability of qualifications and returns to education
  • Educational pathways and educational decisions
  • International comparative (vocational) education research
  • Governance of the education and employment system
  • Digitisation of learning processes

CV

Since 10/2020: Full Professor for Business Education, University of Bamberg

04/2019 - 09/2020: Senior Researcher (project management research and development) at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Bonn

04/2017 - 03/2019: Visiting researcher as DFG Research Fellow at the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, supervised by Prof. Dr. Leesa Wheelahan), Toronto (Canada)

07/2011: Doctorate at the University of Cologne: 'Recognition of competences. Criteria-oriented analysis of selected procedures in Europe'.

10/2007 - 03/2017: Senior Researcher (project management research and development) at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Bonn

10/2009 - present: Lecturer in the advanced training course 'Bachelor Professional for dental practice management' at the Westphalia-Lippe Chamber of Dentists, Münster

06/2006 - 10/2007: Research assistant within the framework of the Federal Ministry for Researc and Education’s initiative “ANKOM” at the Westphalia-Lippe Chamber of Dentists, Münster

03/2006 - 10/2007: Lecturer in the master course for hairdressers at the Cologne Hairdressers' Guild

01/2006 - 02/2008: Research assistant and doctoral candidate at the Chair of Economic and Social Pedagogy at the University of Cologne

04/2001 - 09/2005: Study of business education at the University of Cologne

Selected publications

Annen, S.: Relevance of qualifications and work experience in the recruiting of foreign‐trained immigrants – comparative insights from the Health and ICT Sectors in Germany and Canada. In: International Journal of Training and Development. 2021-3. DOI: 10.1111/ijtd.12204

Annen, S.: Measuring labour market success: A comparison between immigrants and native-born Canadians using PIAAC. In: Journal of Vocational Education & Training (Published online: 15 May 2018). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13636820.2018.1473469

Annen, S.: Recognition and Utilization of Foreign Qualifications and Skills in the Canadian Labor Market. In: The International Journal of Community Diversity, Volume 18, Issue 1, 2018, pp. 1-21. DOI: 10.18848/2327-0004/CGP/v18i01/1-21

Annen, S./Tiemann, S.: Employability of academically and vocationally qualified employees - theoretical reflections and empirical evidence from the commerce sector in Germany. In: International Journal of Learning and Teaching (IJLT) Volume 3, Issue 3, 2017, pp. 241-246. URL: www.ijlt.org/uploadfile/2017/0822/20170822083934258.pdf

Annen, S./Tiemann, M.: Education, status and income - An established triangle disrupted by new qualifications? In: International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education (IJCDES), Volume 8, Issue 3, 2017, pp. 3131-3139. DOI: 10.20533/ijcdse.2042.6364.2017.0421

Kaiser, F./Annen, S./Tiemann, M.: Business and administration occupations: findings about differences and similarities in their requirements and mentalities. In: Pilz, M. (Ed.): Vocational Education and Training in Times of Economic Crisis: Lessons from Around the World. Cham: 2017. pp. 389-405.

Annen, S./Tiemann, M.: Mapping Commercial and Business Service Occupations by Comparing Qualificational and Factual Requirements. In: International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education (IJCDSE), Volume 6, Issue 4, 2015, pp. 2303-2311. DOI: 10.20533/ijcdse.2042.6364.2015.0317.

Annen, S./Schreiber, D.: External examination in France and Germany: recognition of informal learning from an institutional economic perspective. In: International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education (IJIOME), Issue 3, 2010, pp. 303-317. DOI: doi.org/10.1504/IJIOME.2010.033552

Selected conference lectures

"Building Meaningful Public, Private, and Educational Partnerships for Workers of the Future" at the California State Government Summit "Rising Tide - A Summit on Economic Security", Sacramento (USA), February 2020.

"Scaling Up Apprenticeships: Building on the Success of International Apprenticeship Models" at the U.S. Congress (House of Representatives' Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee) hearing, Washington DC, 16.07.2019.

"The Usability of Foreign Qualifications and Skills in the Canadian Labour Market - Results Using PIAAC" at the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, July 2018.

"Recognition of foreign qualifications and skills in the Canadian labour market - results from PIAAC" at the 12th JVET Conference: "Researching Policy and Practice in Vocational Education and Training" Worcester College, Oxford, July 2017.

"Competency Standards, Assessment and Certification Concepts and Practices including Certification as a Quality Assurance Mechanism - Perspectives from: European Union" at the ASEAN Forum on Competency Assessment and Certification. Manila (Philippines), May 2015.