How do I find an apprenticeship?

Entry Requirements

Visa, school leaving certificate, and language skills: In order to be able to do an apprenticeship in Germany, you should meet a few requirements. In the article, we explain what exactly these are: “Can I do an apprenticeship in Germany?

Which training suits me?

The choice is yours: there are currently around 350 different dual training occupations for young people in Germany. In order to find the right one for you, you should first consider what you enjoy and what talents you have: Which school subjects do you find interesting? Do you enjoy working with people? Do you enjoy working on the PC or would you rather work on large machines or with tools? As soon as you know what you want, you can start looking for the right training.

The Planet-Beruf website, for example, provides good insights into many apprenticeships – but only in German. Anyone who would also like brief explanations of apprenticeships can be found here in the portal under ” Four apprenticeships in demand” drop by. Perhaps there are already opportunities in your country of origin to obtain information and advice on your career choice.

Search jobs

Do you know which training suits you? Then it’s time to look for jobs and apply! Depending on which apprenticeship you have chosen, you can search on various apprenticeship exchanges on the Internet. The job exchange of the Federal Employment Agency offers a very large selection. Select the term “Training” under “You are looking for”. Here you will find apprenticeships in many professions and from companies all over Germany. If you are looking specifically for an apprenticeship in the craft, the apprenticeship radar of the Chamber of Crafts is recommended.

If you have decided on an apprenticeship in the commercial or industrial sector, it is worth taking a look at the job exchange of the chambers of industry and commerce – IHK.

Another good opportunity to get information about the various apprenticeships is by attending special job and apprenticeship fairs. There you can talk to contacts and experts directly and find out which training is suitable for you. You can find an overview of current trade fairs, for example, on the portal.

By the way: Don’t forget to apply for an apprenticeship position in good time. Many companies advertise their vacant training positions a good year in advance. The training then usually begins in August or September of each year.

Apply correctly

If you have discovered an interesting position, do not hesitate to apply. How to write a good application for an apprenticeship position step by step is explained in German by the application training from There you will also find out how you can best prepare for an interview and what everything has to be in your apprenticeship contract. Further information on the application process in Germany can be found on our portal in the ”Application” section.

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Language courses

Sure, it doesn’t work entirely without German. After all, German is spoken in the company and in the vocational school. Some companies that train young people from other countries, therefore, offer special German courses or support young people in learning German in other ways. When applying, therefore, inquire about the company’s offers. Or you can already attend a German course in your home country, for example at one of our branches in several countries. Do something with friends, do sports or

Rights and obligations

Vocational training in Germany is regulated by law. This has many advantages for you because the laws protect your rights. For example, your company has to pay you a monthly fee for dual training and provide you with the training resources, such as tools or safety equipment. In addition, the laws stipulate that your actual tasks in the company must also serve the training objective – in other words: the company is obliged to teach you the know-how of the profession.

Conversely, of course, the laws also stipulate what the company can expect from you during your training. Your most important duty is the obligation to learn. This means that you are expected to make an effort to learn your apprenticeship trade. In addition, you are obliged, for example, to attend vocational school regularly and to present your company with a medical certificate in good time if you are ill.

Do you come from a country outside the EU and cannot complete your vocational training, e.g. due to illness? Then, in accordance with Section 16a, Paragraph 4 of the Residence Act, you will have the opportunity to stay in Germany for a further 6 months in order to look for another training position.

Further information about the rights and obligations during an apprenticeship can be found at the Federal Employment Agency.

Moving and settling in

In order for you to feel comfortable in Germany, the general conditions are of course also important. First of all, there is the apartment. Some companies that train young people from abroad offer accommodation. Others help their trainees to find an apartment. It is best to ask your employer whether they will support you. If you would like to look for an apartment yourself, you will find some tips in the “Living” article.

Do something with friends, do sports or go shopping – in Germany you have many opportunities to enjoy your free time together with others. You can find some tips for this in the “Living in Germany” section.

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