The vocational training provided in Germany enjoys an excellent reputation all over the world, and with good reason. It is known to be practice-based and well-founded, and is open to German as well as international trainees.

Vocational training provides young people with excellent perspectives for their professional lives. The dual vocational training model constitutes the basis for success.

Cornerstone for a successful future

The dual system combines two strong partners: A company providing vocational training and a vocational school. During the two to three and a half years of training, young learners either attend the vocational school one to two times weekly, or they attend a block session for a longer period of time. There, they learn the theoretical aspects of their trade as well as general education curricula. The rest of the time is spent at a company, where they truly get to know their profession.

After completing vocational training in Bavaria, graduates can even find work internationally - Bavarian certificates are in great demand.

Every year in Bavaria, there are some 90,000 young people who lay the cornerstone for a successful future with training in one of the approx. 350 skilled occupations to be found in Germany. This vocational training prepares them for more than 15,000 vocational activities.

What makes dual vocational training so successful?

Learners become familiar with the conditions they'll encounter later in their careers directly in dual vocational training. They come into contact with the real challenges of a company from a very early stage - a valuable experience promoting independence and a sense of responsibility.

Especially young people who are interested in a practice-based career, rather than a theory-based one, will profit from this training scheme. Consistent training guidelines throughout Germany guarantee that all will have equal opportunities. This is a great advantage for German companies, for they are reliant upon well-trained and qualified young professionals.

The advantages of the dual training system at a glance:

  • Great career launch due to the combination of theory and practice
  • High level of job security due to qualification attained during training
  • Excellent career perspectives, for there are a great deal of advancement opportunities for graduates of dual vocational training
  • Germany, Denmark, Austria and Switzerland, all of which have a dual vocational training system, tend to have lower unemployment rates among youth compared to other European countries that have not adopted the dual system.