Vocational education and further crafts training

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The skilled crafts sector is number 1 in Germany when it comes to providing vocational training. Its dual training system is unique. It combines practical work and learning in the enterprise with reflective theoretical education in a vocational school during training. The training concludes with the skilled worker’s examination after three to three and a half years.

Every skilled worker can train themselves further following systematic career concepts and sit the master craftsperson’s examination. The master craftsperson’s examination is a technical and business qualification at bachelor level and authorises the person to manage an enterprise and to train apprentices.

Skilled workers and master craftspeople can select from a wide range of further training options; Examples of this include further training as a crafts management expert for entrepreneurs and managers or an internationally reputed specialist training course as an artisan restorer. In most of the German federal states the master craftsperson’s qualification opens the door to studies at a technical college or university.

Key elements of Germany’s apprenticeship system

Key Elements Dual System
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Key elements of Germany’s apprenticeship system – The so-called dual system