AlphaZ – basic education for employment:
developments for practical use according to exemplary models

The product lines which have been developed reflect an understanding of basic education as more than the simple mastery of the traditional cultural techniques of reading, writing and arithmetic.

This is because solution strategies for the target group of adults who are catching up on their basic education must be conceptually linked to the vocational requirements of basic education. This must then be reflected both in the curriculum and the implementation of vocationally orientated learning and teaching materials for adult learners.

On this last point it is necessary to make a distinction from “classic” literacy work, for example that done with migrants who need basic German (German as a foreign language/German as a second language). Programmes must be developed which define basic education as suited to the recipients’ needs, offering opportunities for work/integration into the labour market.

Basic education thereby becomes the basis for life-long learning in everyday life and the workplace. Work in and proposals for basic education must be more strongly orientated towards the labour market and employment.

In order to promote the employability of adults with inadequate basic education, AlphaZ has developed a transferable model which combines basic education, qualification and employment. As the major regional force in employment policy the Job Centres in Berlin have been involved in this process from its beginning.

To achieve this goal we have developed the following steps and products which have been practically tested:


Scientific support and evaluation of these developments were provided by Humboldt University, Berlin by: