Training courses

On this page you will find different training courses and reports about them.
What types of training are available and what should be considered?

In Germany you can choose between many different types of training.
On the one hand, company-based training is offered that consists of theory and practice and usually lasts three years. It is also referred to as a dual system as the trainee goes to school as well as to the company and thus learns both at the same time.

Another training option is the vocational school, which is mainly based on theory. But the practical part is included through internships, as these experiences are important for the further career path. Above all, jobs in the service sector are trained. The training is usually not remunerated and sometimes you even have to pay training fees, but as a good student you can also receive a scholarship.

There are also alternative training options such as special training or additional qualifications:

Special training is more common in freelance sectors, as there are no regulated training courses there. It is similar to the dual system, but is tailored for those with a university entrance qualification. It contains a high practical part with a high theoretical level.

The additional qualification can be acquired alongside in-company training in order to obtain a double qualification that attests to the additional technical knowledge, so you can qualify for a management position or use it as preparation for a degree.

Another option is a dual course of study in which you study and complete vocational training at the same time. This has the advantage that you have two professional qualifications and the company provides remuneration. The disadvantage is that you have to do twice the work and this is a heavy burden. Germany currently offers around 700 dual study programs.

Training reports

Merlin, 17, trainee as an educator

Having fun working with the children is a strong motivation and at the same time an important requirement. Some of my classmates drop out because they realize that it doesn’t suit them. The ages in my class are very mixed, but that’s not a problem as you can learn a lot from older people. We have a mixed class, so the job is not only dominated by women. All in all, my training is very relaxed and enjoyable.

Lili, 18, intern as a hotel clerk

Its often not easy when many guests are around, but my business is small, so the workload is managable. I only do service work, i.e. preparing and serving drinks, clearing empty tables, cleaning up in the evening, helping in the kitchen and preparing breakfast.

Torsten, 26, graduate in automotive painting

The training lasts 3 years. In the first year you have 2 days of theory and 3 days of practice per week and in the following 2 years only one day of theory and 4 days of practice. The subject matter is practical and relevant to practice. In the job itself, you examine damage, dismantle vehicles and do manual work. It’s interesting to see how you create something yourself. There are further training options for technicians and foremen.