Dual Vocational Education and Training (VET)

The recipe for success of VET is simple yet particularly effective at the same time: industry and the job market are interlocked. The training, currently for around 360 jobs, is held both within a company and in a vocational school – theory and practice are thus closely tied with the companies and the vocational schools taking on trainees.

Every year, around 600,000 participants in the scheme throughout Germany take the examinations. This means that the same standards apply to all examination certificates, ensuring mobility of qualified personnel.

How does dual vocational education and training work?

At the company:

  • 3-4 days a week or in blocks of 3-4 weeks
  • On the basis of a training plan
  • As part of a training contract

At the vocational school:

  • 1-2 days a week or in blocks of 1-2 weeks
  • On the basis of a timetable
  • The syllabus includes the teaching of specialised subjects, but also general subjects such as maths. 

Dual vocational education and training: An export success

Countries throughout the world are showing interest in the training of specialised personnel based on the German model. In Coimbatore in South India, for example, this training system is already being used with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nuremberg. 

Numerous German chambers of commerce overseas (AHKs) offer professional education and training services. Every year 3,000 young people throughout the world take part in vocational training courses organised by the AHKs. Around 1,200 obtain a certificate from the AHK, giving them a professional qualification which meets the German standard for dual vocational education and training.

Ask at our booth to speak with a representative of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He/she will provide you with information about dual vocational education and training.