What are the career prospects for apprentices

Additional qualifications for trainees

What are additional qualifications?

Further qualification can also begin during training. Apprentices in a state-recognized training occupation in the dual system can improve their own career opportunities or career prospects even during their vocational training through additional qualifications - for example by acquiring business knowledge, acquiring an IT certificate, deepening foreign language skills or through technology courses. Additional qualifications accompanying training are a real plus point on the résumé. Trainees in skilled trades can acquire additional business knowledge and thus acquire part of the master's qualification during their training. Nationwide there are currently over 2,100 additional qualifications for almost all apprenticeships. Here you will find further information on the subject of additional qualifications.

Who offers additional qualifications?

Providers of additional qualifications are training companies, vocational schools, chambers of industry and commerce, chambers of crafts and other educational institutions throughout Germany. You can find more information on this on the BildungPlus website.

Can I apply for an additional qualification before starting my training?

The prerequisite for participating in an additional qualification is a training contract in a recognized training occupation. However, that does not mean that you can only apply for an additional qualification once you have an apprenticeship contract in your pocket. It is best to find out more beforehand. You can find more information on this on the BildungPlus website.

Do I need special prior knowledge for an additional qualification?

In most cases, no special prior knowledge is required. However, there are offers that are tied to certain requirements, to previous school education or specialist knowledge that is acquired during training. You can find more information on this on the BildungPlus website.

Who is a dual course of study suitable for?

A dual course of study can usually begin if you have a high school diploma or a technical college entrance qualification. The prerequisite is a training contract with a company that works as a cooperation partner with the chosen university. The interested parties usually have to go through a selection process. You can find more information on this on the BildungPlus website.

How does the dual course work for trainees?

The dual course of study combines studies at a university with in-company training or practical phases in a company. So that both complement each other optimally, the university and the company come to an agreement on the content and organization of the training. Training-integrated dual courses of study usually last four or four and a half years and lead to both a qualification in the corresponding training occupation and a degree, usually a bachelor's degree. You can find more information on this on the BildungPlus website.

Where can I do a dual degree?

Dual courses of study are possible at universities, technical colleges, vocational academies and administrative and business academies in cooperation with your training company - with universities of applied sciences offering the widest range of different subject areas. You can find more information on this on the TrainingPlus website.

Where can I find out about offers for dual study programs?

The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) offers information on over 1,500 dual study programs in Germany. You can use an online database to search specifically for subject area, place of study and type of university. In addition to information about the dual course of study, you will also find cooperation companies and the contact details of contact persons there. Visit the TrainingPlus website.