Vocational Training Preparatory Courses ("Ausbildungsvorbereitung")

In most preparatory courses, it's all about getting you up to speed regarding language skills. In principle, you must already have a specific language level (A2 / B1) to start with- during the course you will continue to learn German for everyday life, but you will also be taught work-related language skills. Meanwhile, you will also acquire the necessary information about the labour market and the education system in Germany.

Professional Orientation

Professional Orientation assistance provides you with the opportunity to learn about different professions in Germany, either by taking part in workshops or specialised courses or by accompanying a trainee for a few days or participating in various internships. By doing so, you gain a direct insight into everyday chores in different professions (such as hairdresser or carpenter) and can see what suits you better.

Training Coaching or Mentoring

When it comes to training coaching or mentoring, it is actually about finding a vocational training place. The organisations who offer this service support you:

  • in the preparation of your application documents
  • in the search for a training position in a company ("Ausbildungsbetrieb") or a vocational school ("Berufsschule")
  • in preparing for the interviews

 The employees of these organisations also support you in all necessary administrative procedures (e.g. at the Immigration Office, the Employment Agency, etc.) and when applying for vocational training assistance (financial support). Even after your training starts, you can still contact the staff if you have any question or problem.

Where can I find these services?

In many German cities, there are particular organisations and initiatives whose aim is to facilitate refugees' access to vocational training. These include Arrivo in Berlin and Joblinge in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Cologne, Leipzig, Munich, Ruhr and Stuttgart. There are also many other smaller and larger organisations in other cities that can help you find a training position, for instance, the Youth Migration Office can help you find such an organisation in your area and provide you guidance and assistance on your path to vocational training. You can find a Youth Migration Office in your area on jugendmigrationsdienste.de.