Vocational Training

If you do not already have any vocational qualifications, one route for you into the world of work could be traditional vocational training. The German vocational training system is internationally renowned and offers both elements of theory and a strong practical element. It is also described as a dual system of training. You do not only learn in a vocational training school but part of the time you are in the workplace.

Vocational training occupations that are particularly in demand include, for example, occupations in healthcare and nursing and in certain technical professions such as mechanical engineering or electronics.

As a general rule: Holding a good vocational qualification improves your prospects in the employment market and for a well-paid job!

Whether or not you can join a vocational training course may also depend on your residence status.

  • If you are from an EU country, you have the right to undertake a vocational training course in Germany. You do not require any permit from any authority.

  • Generally, as a non-EU national you will certainly require a residence permit.
    Before you can commence a training course, you must be able to produce a vocational training contract. You enter into this contract with the training institution at which you will complete your training course. Finally, the training course must be approved by the Federal Employment Agency.

If you are interested in a vocational training course, ask the careers advisory centres of employment agencies about options for training.

You can also ask any such questions to a Migrationsberatungsstelle für erwachsene Zuwanderer [Migration Advice Service for Adult Immigrants] (MBE). You can also contact an MBE advisor using the MBE online advice service.