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The skilled crafts in Germany

Skilled crafts sector

Skilled crafts form the core and essential part of small and medium-sized businesses in Germany. As a large economic and social group it exerts significant influence on public life.
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Occupations

The skilled crafts sector in Germany includes over 130 occupations.
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Trade and Crafts Code

Membership of a skilled craft in Germany is not regulated via the company size or turnover, but by law.
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Vocational education and training

The skilled crafts sector is number 1 in Germany when it comes to providing vocational training. Its dual training system is unique.
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Organisation

The skilled crafts organisation is divided into two pillars: the chambers of skilled crafts and the national confederations of skilled crafts.
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The ZDH

DHKT and UDH are confederated in the ZDH (German Confederation of Skilled Crafts). ZDH has its headquarters in Berlin.
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Political Targets

The ZDH is committed to the social market economy and to an SME policy of efficiencyoriented competition.
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International

Skilled crafts enterprises identify and use their export opportunities. Around 50000 companies sell their products and services abroad.
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