Vocational education and further training in skilled crafts

The skilled crafts sector is number 1 in Germany when it comes to providing training. Its dual training system is unique. It combines practical work and learning in the enterprise with 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 take further training and sit the master craftsman’s examination. The master craftsman is the top specialist crafts qualification and authorises the person to manage an enterprise and to train apprentices.  

Skilled workers and master craftsmen can select from a wide variety of options for further training. Examples include further training as a crafts management expert for entrepreneurs and managers or an internationally reputed specialist training as an artisan restorer. In many federal states the master craftsman’s qualification opens the door to studies in a polytechnic 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