The transformation of society produces heterogeneous technical, economic and socio-cultural challenges that can be shaped by vocational education and training (VET). The research area of design-oriented VET research refers to the didactic design of teaching and learning processes in different life contexts, the design and establishment of institutional foundations of VET, the design and implementation of education policy programmes and the design of learning organisations. This takes social transformation processes into account. From this perspective, the focus of design-oriented vocational training research is on the design of transformation processes resulting from megatrends.
In recent years, the vocational and business education department in Paderborn has established itself as one of the leading national and international research institutions for questions on design-oriented vocational education and training research, with special expertise in the design of structures and processes in vocational education and training, the design of teaching and learning processes (on and off the job), individual support in the Data Society and VET 4.0. The profile of Paderborn's vocational training research is international and national as well as interdisciplinary.