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Vocational training in Germany

Germany has the best training system in the world. With the dual trainee scheme, which is unique internationally, trainees learn on the job as well as at vocational schools, and then apply theory to practice. In addition, the dual training scheme enables you to start working immediately.

In Germany and FrankfurtRheinMain (FRM), you can choose between school-based training or vocational training. The chances of getting a job in your chosen occupation after you have completed your course is just as good in both cases.

Company-based Training

Company-based training, or the dual trainee scheme, is at the core of the German training system and many companies cover their needs for young skilled workers in this way.

"Azubis", the German nickname for trainees, spend most of their time training on the job. As an "Azubi", you get to know the job in practice. For one to two days a week, you attend vocational school, where you learn the basic theory of your job. At the end of the training course, which normally takes three years, you take an exam. If you pass it, you receive an officially recognised qualification.

Popular jobs include office management assistant, retail management assistant, sales assistant, automotive mechatronics technician and industrial management assistant.

Trainees generally earn between €200 and €750 a month, with a salary increase each year. For a dual training scheme, you may qualify to apply to the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA), the Federal Employment Agency, for a Berufsausbildungsbeihilfe, a vocational training grant, from the state.

School-based Training

With school-based training, you spend less time in the company and take courses at a vocational school, technical college or specialised academy instead. You gain practical experience through longer internships at companies where you can apply in practice what you have learned in theory.

School-based training is standard for jobs in the care sector, as well as in the design, commercial or technical sectors. It takes two to three years and finishes with a qualification in a certified occupation or recognised apprenticeship. School-based training is offered at both public and private schools, whereby you often have to pay fees to private providers.

Popular school-based traineeships are for nursery or Kindergarten teachers, geriatric nurses, speech therapists, machine and systems operators and technical IT assistants.

You do not receive a fixed salary during school-based training. In exceptional cases, trainees from abroad may apply to the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Federal Ministry of Education and Research, for financial support in the form of an Ausbildungs-BAföG,  training grant. This is an interest-free state loan, which you repay at very reasonable terms after completing your training.


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Helpful contacts

District / Cities: City Frankfurt am Main
Bockenheimer Landstraße 21
60325 Frankfurt am Main

Phone: +49 69 97172 818
E-Mail: service@hwk-rhein-main.de
Website: https://www.hwk-rhein-main.de/de

District / Cities: City Mainz
Dagobertstraße 2
55116 Mainz

Phone: +49 6131 9992 0
E-Mail: j.schueler@hwk.de
Website: https://hwk.de/

District / Cities: City Wiesbaden
Bierstadter Straße 45
65189 Wiesbaden

Phone: +49 611 136 0
E-Mail: info@hwk-wiesbaden.de
Website: https://www.hwk-wiesbaden.de/

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) Frankfurt am Main supports companies and (future) professionals. We provide advice on all aspects of initial and further training and the recognition of foreign professional qualifications.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) Frankfurt am Main offers neutral advice and support for any company situation. For example, we support companies wishing to hire (foreign) professionals - among other things, for questions on employment law. We are also the right partner for further training and further education of our employees. In addition, we are also the first point of contact for (young) professionals with questions about a successful start to the working-life. For example, we provide information on the recognition of foreign professional qualifications and advise on training and further education opportunities.

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District / Cities: City Frankfurt am Main
Börsenplatz 4
60313 Frankfurt am Main

Phone: +49 69 2197 0
E-Mail: info@frankfurt-main.ihk.de
Website: https://www.frankfurt-main.ihk.de/

District / Cities: City Darmstadt
Rheinstraße 89
64295 Darmstadt

Phone: +49 6151 8710
E-Mail: info@darmstadt.ihk.de
Website: https://www.darmstadt.ihk.de/
We speak: German, English
Costs: Partly fee-based

District / Cities: District Fulda
Heinrichstraße 8
36037 Fulda

Phone: +49 661 284 0
E-Mail: info@fulda.ihk.de
Website: https://www.ihk-fulda.de/

The IHK Gießen-Friedberg represents the economic interests of the business community in the districts of Gießen, Vogelsberg and Wetterau. In addition, we support our approximately 45,000 member companies by performing legally assigned tasks as well as a comprehensive range of services. We see ourselves as an organization that focuses on business participation. Together with our member companies, we want to become even more involved in the future.
“Join in. Make a difference. Win"". Some 1,800 volunteers already follow this motto and participate in our IHK committees. Together we can achieve more for each individual."

District / Cities: District Gießen
Lonystr. 7
35390 Gießen

Phone: +49 641 7954 0
E-Mail: zentrale@giessen-friedberg.ihk.de
Website: https://www.giessen-friedberg.ihk.de/
We speak: German, English
Costs: Partly fee-based

Whether by phone or in conferences and seminars - The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) gives hints and advice to interested entrepreneurs on starting own business, and answers questions related to the syllabus and prerequisites of vocational training and further education courses. The service is addressed primarily to businesses and individuals that are willing to settle down in the district Main-Kinzig, or are already having their seat here, respectively are already living here. We are pleased to answer questions from all over the region about the seminars and the further education courses of the IHK Hanau-Gelnhausen-Schlüchtern.

District / Cities: District Main-Kinzig
Am Pedro-Jung-Park 14
63450 Hanau

Phone: +49 6181 9290
E-Mail: r.hawly@hanau.ihk.de
Website: https://www.hanau.ihk.de
We speak: German, English
Costs: Fee-based

The IHK Limburg is a self-administration body of the economic sector in the district Limburg-Weilburg. It brings together all trade persons in the region, excepted for the craft industry. Its main task is to promote member companies and to represent the interests of all sectors of the economy. Additionally, as a public corporation, the IHK fullfils sovereign functions and since it is free of individual interests, its objectivity is guaranteed.

District / Cities: District Limburg-Weilburg
Walderdorffstraße 7
65549 Limburg a. d. Lahn

Phone: +49 6431 210130
E-Mail: m.hahn@limburg.ihk.de
Website: https://www.ihk-limburg.de
We speak: German, English
Costs: Partly fee-based

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Offenbach am Main is part of a network of 79 Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Germany, as well as member of the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad. It represents 40,000 member companies in the region of Offenbach (City and district). Its 70 highly qualified employees make it to a key contact equally for the member companies on questions related to economic promotion and business development, and for the local and regional policy level.

District / Cities: City Offenbach am Main
Frankfurter Straße 90
63067 Offenbach am Main

Phone: + 49 69 8207 0
E-Mail: service@offenbach.ihk.de
Website: http://www.offenbach.ihk.de
Costs: Partly fee-based

The Rheinhessen Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) represents companies from the industry, trade and service sector within the Rheinhessen region.Recognition of foreign professional qualifications; Providing consultation and support to applicants from Rheinhessen for the following: The IHK FOSA's (Foreign Skills Approval) equivalence assessment process; for vocational training in the dual system; as well as for further studies in the fields of industry, commerce, gastronomy and services.
Welcome Centre:
Central point of contact with pilot function for both Rheinhessen-based companies and foreign qualified professionals: The IHK Welcome Centre for Rheinhessen advises companies on the recruitment and integration of international qualified professionals and supports newcomers with restarting their career in the region.

District / Cities: City Mainz
Schillerplatz 7
55116 Mainz

Phone: +49 6131 262 1707
E-Mail: ute.lachmayer@rheinhessen.ihk24.de
Website: https://www.rheinhessen.ihk24.de/standortpolitik/Fachkraeftesicherung/IHK-Service-fuer-Ihr-Unternehmen/internationale-fachkraefte/3314144
We speak: German, English
Costs: Free of charge

Whether by phone or in conferences and seminars - The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) gives hints and advice to interested entrepreneurs on starting own business, and answers questions related to the syllabus and prerequisites of vocational training and further education courses. The service is addressed primarily to businesses and individuals that are willing to settle down in the district Main-Kinzig, or are already having their seat here, respectively are already living here. We are pleased to answer questions from all over the region about the seminars and the further education courses of the IHK Hanau-Gelnhausen-Schlüchtern.

District / Cities: District Main-Kinzig
Am Pedro-Jung-Park 14
63450 Hanau

Phone: +49 (0)6181 9290
E-Mail: r.hawly@hanau.ihk.de
Website: https://www.hanau.ihk.de/
We speak: German, English
Costs: Fee-based

The Koordinierungsstelle Ausbildung und Migration (KAUSA) (Coordination Centre for Vocational Training and Migration) aims to attract more entrepreneurs with a migration background to vocational training. The goal is to increase the participation of young immigrants and refugees in such programmes, and to inform their parents about the dual vocational training system. We work together with our network partners from vocational training, businesses, schools as well as migrant organizations, religious communities and associations in our region.
The responsible office for Rheinhessen is located at the Rheinhessen Chamber of Crafts in Mainz.

District / Cities: District Mainz-Bingen
Dagobertstraße 2
Haus des Handwerks
55116 Mainz

Phone: +49 6131 9992 12
E-Mail: h.externbrink@hwk.de
Website: https://hwk.de/ausbildung/kausa-servicestelle-rheinland-pfalz
We speak: German, English, French, Arabic
Costs: Free of charge