The BA/BIBB Applicant Survey is a representative, extrapolated written-postal random sample survey of young people who were registered as training place applicants with the Vocational Guidance Service of the Federal Employment Agency. BIBB conducts the survey jointly with the BA on the instructions of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The survey consists of a standard programme of questions that is repeated in each survey in order to answer central education policy questions and to be able to identify developments (e.g. change in the placement rate in in-company training for applicants with a migration background). In addition to the standard questions, a current education policy topic is addressed in each survey.