apprenticeship in Germany

apprenticeship in Germany

What does Ausbildung in Germany mean?

‘Ausbildung’ is the German term for an apprenticeship in various professions, a form of a vocational training program. With an ‘Ausbildung’ (full title: ‘Berufsausbildung’) you get a state-controlled degree as a skilled worker providing huge perspectives for living and working in Germany even if you are a citizen of a non-EU-country.

What is an Ausbildung?

Ausbildung (also called “vocational training”) is a formal educational qualification in the area of blue collar professions like sales person, painter, carpenter, nurse, butcher, or car mechanic. Currently there are more than 320 professions for which you can do an apprenticeship. An Ausbildung takes 2-3 years of training in business and school and finishes with the degree of a skilled worker. This degree provides good chances for foreigners from all over the world to get a permanent work position in Germany.

The system of vocational training (in German: “Berufsausbildungen”) in Germany is unique: The multi-year education program has no fees and provides monthly payments.

Can Non-EU-citizens apply for an Ausbildung in Germany?

Yes, foreigners from all countries are eligible to apply for an Ausbildung (apprenticeship) in Germany. German language requirements are at level B1 minimum.

Who can do an Ausbildung in Germany ?

Any foreigner regardless of the age, speaking German on level B1 at least and having finished 9 or 10 years school education.

Does an Ausbildung in Germany guarantee a job?

Looking at the current high demand of skilled workers in Germany there are very good job opportunities after the Ausbildung. The high demand for skilled workers in Germany will most probably prevail for many upcoming years. However job opportunities always also depend from the marks achieved during the Ausbildung, and from personal skills and engagement inter alia.

How does Ausbildung work in Germany?

Almost all skilled blue collar professions in Germany can only be practiced if the workers have previously successfully completed a vocational training: for example, bricklayers, bakers, merchants, nurses or electricians.

Important to understand is that the students in the vocational training are employees of a company where they work approximately 50% of their time in order to learn. During the other 50% they receive a training in a vocational school. The company pays all schooling fees for the apprentices. Hence candidates must be employed by a company – only then they can start the training. This is why also international candidates need to apply first and succeed in a selection process.

What can I do after Ausbildung in Germany ?

Having successfully finished an apprenticeship (‘Ausbildung’), skilled workers can legally and indefinitely work in many German companies. Also it is easily possible to obtain further qualifications in this profession (e.g. master craftsman, Bachelor professional or Master professional). Even studies at university are possible – often with support of German companies (dual studies). Another option is to become self-employed in Germany. Finally it is possible or return to the home country and to work here with the foreign qualification as an outstanding expert working on German level of business.

How do I start a Ausbildung in Germany?

Applicants for an apprenticeship program can apply directly in German companies. If you want to go sure to fulfill the high formal demands of an application in Germany you might contact us, we have tie up with hospitals and old age homes.

How much do I earn in an apprenticeship in Germany?

During your training you will receive a training allowance from your employer. The monthly remuneration ranges from at least approximately €600 gross in the first training year to at least €900 gross or more in the third training year. For some apprenticeship positions German employers pay even more than €1,200 per month. The amount of the monthly allowance depends to a large extent on your employer and your curriculum vitae. Employers often offer additional support such as free local transport tickets or financial support for your accommodation. We will inform you about the specific conditions during the application process.

How long is an apprenticeship in Germany?

An apprenticeship in Germany lasts between 3 and 4 years, depending on the profession. If you already have some qualifications in the area of the profession it might be shorter for you. You will learn your profession to 50% within the company by practical work and to 50% in a special vocational school. Lessons will be held in German only – therefore you need German skills on level B1 German. During the training in Germany, you will be employed by a German company with a German contract providing the same rights and obligations as for German nationals.

What we offer for you ?

we help applicants to find a suitable position for a vocational training in Germany

we have tie up with hospitals and old age homes

we provide German language courses