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Review and review: Webinar on 28.05.2024 on the topic: "HBB: What does it bring me?"

On May 28, 2024, the first webinar of the Meister Alumni Club (MAC) took place, which dealt with the topic "HBB: What does it bring me?". The webinar was not only a successful start to the new MAC webinar series, but also a valuable source of information for those who wanted to find out more about higher vocational education and training (HBB) and its effects. The new law, which has been in force in Austria since 1 May 2024, marks a significant step in the Austrian educational landscape.

What is Higher Vocational Education (HBB)?
The Act on Higher Vocational Education and Training (HBB) makes it possible to develop new practical vocational qualifications in Austria. These respond to specific needs on the labour market, can be acquired while working and thus enable specialist and management careers. (Source:

Contents of the webinar
The MAC webinar provided a comprehensive introduction to HBB and its benefits. Our guests looked at this new opportunity for vocational training from different perspectives:

Elisabeth Hassek-Eder
Consultant of the Department for Education Policy of the WKÖ
Elisabeth Hassek-Eder is a consultant in the Department of Education Policy. Her path has led her to vocational education and training via the private sector and academic education. She was involved in the development of the HBB Act and is committed to coordinating the work on the implementation of higher vocational education and training in the Chamber of Commerce organisation.

Alexander Rauner
Education expert of the Federal Division of Trade & Crafts
Alexander Rauner has been an employee of the WKÖ since 1998 and has worked there in the areas of economic policy, financial and trade policy, tourism and the leisure industry, among others. He is currently responsible for education and securing skilled workers in the Federal Division of Trade and Crafts. He is a member of the Federal Vocational Training Advisory Board (BBAB), a member of the BBAB Quality Committee and a substitute member of the BBAB Funding Committee.

Heidrun Bichler-Ripfel
Head of the Institute for Applied Trade Research (IAGF)
Heidrun Bichler-Ripfel's work focuses on identifying and researching the challenges and areas of tension between trade and crafts in scientific discourse. The focus is on the future viability and further development of trade and crafts.

Alexander Wacek
Product and Project Manager at WIFI Austria
Alexander Wacek has been working in product and project management at WIFI Austria, a department of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, since 2015. Prior to that, he gained over 30 years of experience in various management positions in business development, sales management, country management, product management and customer service management at international corporations in the IT, consumer electronics, telecom and logistics industries.

To the entire webinar on the website of the Meister Alumni Club

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