The Skilled Crafts in Germany

The Skilled Crafts Sector

With its one million mainly small and medium-sized companies and 5.5 million employees, Skilled Crafts are at the heart of the Germans economy.
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The Trade and Crafts Code

Membership of a skilled craft in Germany is not regulated via the company size or turnover. Instead, German legislation lays down in the the Trade and Crafts Code (the ‘Handwerksordnung’), which trades belong to the sector.
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IVET and CVET

Germany has a so-called “dual” apprenticeship system, with apprentices learning both in the company they work for and at a VET.
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The Skilled Crafts Organisation and the ZDH

Being responsible for the whole of the German skilled crafts sector, 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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Political Principles

The ZDH is committed to the social market economy and to an SME policysupporting the competition on a high level.
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Foreign-Trade Activities and International Partnerships

Skilled crafts enterprises identify and use their export opportunities. Around 50.000 companies sell their products and services abroad.
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European Politics

The European Union's competence covers a wide range of policy areas that are of relevance to the skilled crafts sector. That is the reason why it is so important for the ZDH (German Confederation of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses) …
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