Organization of Apprenticeship
Learn more about the organization of German Vocational Training
The dual studies system is regulated by the government’s vocational policies as well as by German law. It is overseen by GOVET (the German Office of Vocational and Educational Training). The high standards are upheld by a number of organizations working together including the government, public colleges, universities, states (Länder), trade unions, chambers, and the companies themselves.
The system is standardized throughout Germany so that a young person completing a placement in one state can ensure that its qualification will be recognized in another. In fact, the German dual studies system is so well perceived that many young people can easily find employment in other countries afterwards as well.
There are currently 330 occupations in German that require formal training, and with its standardized training and qualifications, this system allows many students to gain the correct training before they embark on their chosen career. Around half of all school leavers go into the dual education system, which in turn means that Germany enjoys a low youth unemployment rate.
There are 400,000 German companies which offer vocational training positions. Of those companies, around two thirds tend to offer students employment contracts at the end of the apprenticeship. Some students choose to seek employment elsewhere, and very few do not find employment.