Dual Vocational Training

How can I partake in a vocational training programme?

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If you want to find a job in Germany, a good alternative to studying at university is taking part in a vocational training programme. There are approximately 330 different jobs you can qualify for with vocational training. These training programmes usually last between one and three-and-a-half years.  They are either school-based and take place solely in a classroom (“schulische Ausbildung”) or combine classes with practical training in an establishment or company (“Duale Ausbildung”). In this chapter, you can read about the dual vocational training. For more information about the school-based vocational training programs, please refer to the chapter “School-based Vocational Training”.  

Upon completion of a vocational training programme, you become a skilled employee (“qualifizeierte Fachkraft”). Skilled employees are in demand in Germany and earn more money for their work compared to unskilled workers. So, completing a vocational training programme may constitute an important step towards building a career in Germany.

What do I need to know?

What does dual vocational training mean?

Do I qualify for dual vocational training in Germany?

What residence status do I need for dual vocational training?

Vocational training as an opportunity for obtaining an "Ausbildungsduldung"/residence permit

How can I find a training position?

How and when can I apply?

How can I make a living during my “duale Ausbildung”?

Which type of vocational training suits me?

What comes after accomplishing the vocational training?


Vocational training is worthwhile. Not only it gives you the chance of a well-paid job, but also the opportunity to obtain permanent residence in Germany.