Dual Vocational Training

Study and work in Germany.

Study and work in Germany

Dual Vocational Training (DVT)

In Germany, there are two pathways for students to enter the workforce – graduating from a university or completing an apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship program is known as the Dual Vocational Training or DVT for short.

In the Dual Vocational Training program, students will be attached to a company. Students will not just be exposed to the company’s culture, they will also receive an allowance from the company to cover their living expenses.

Depending on the occupation, the Dual Vocational Training will take between two and three-and-a-half years to complete.

There is a high demand for qualified professionals from the technical and healthcare industries and as a result, the Dual Vocational Training will remain a good option for students who want to work in Germany.

70% Practical Training in a Company

30% Theoretical Classes in a Vocational School

Hands on training in a company

In general, you will work in a company for three to four days weekly. There, you will learn by doing for your chosen role, including specific technical skills. You will also get to discover the working culture at your company and learn important skills such as teamwork and dealing with your managers and colleagues.

Studying in a vocational school

For the rest of the week (one to two days weekly), you will attend a vocational school where you will study the theoretical knowledge needed for you to thrive in your job. Theoretical knowledge are taught at par with the skills being used in your training to improve relevance and application of knowledge. 

Germany has Europe’s second lowest youth unemployment rate with only 5.8% and enjoys an excellent reputation resulting from the dual system of vocational education and training.

Source: Germany Trade and Invest


Why should you select the Dual Vocational Training

Graduates from the Dual Vocational Training program are highly sought after in Germany. In fact, up to two thirds of German school-leavers will enrol to a Dual Vocational Training program.

Source: Clean Energy Wire

On-the-job training within the company and classroom lessons provided by the vocational school prepares students well for the job market.

The curriculum for Dual Vocational Training programs across different companies in Germany are standardized. Therefore, the qualifications are recognised by other companies in Germany and not tied to the company you train with.

Curriculum are updated to keep up with the latest technology and new developments in the industry.

Instructors are required to sit for a specialised exam to test both their professional and teaching skills.

Not only the instructors, there are also guidelines for companies to follow to ensure that trainees will receive quality training.

Most countries in the European Union recognise the qualification of trainees from this program.

Your career choices

What options are available?

Below are just some examples of DVT positions available. Do share with us during your consultation session what you would like to pursue and we will advise accordingly.

The Pathway

The Dual Vocational Training Pathway

Complete SPM or Diploma.
10 months
Preparation program
Students will spend 10 months to acquire the German language up to level B2.
10 months
Visa application
2 - 3.5 years
Generally, DVT programs start on the 1st August or 1st September. The duration of the program depends on the course taken. it can be as short as 2 years to as long as 3.5 years. Trainees will receive an allowance of about €800 to €1200 monthly.
2 - 3.5 years
Final exam
At the end of the program, trainees will have to sit for a final exam.
Work in Germany
Upon successfully passing the final exam and an interview with the company they are attached with, trainees will be offered a full-time employment and earn between €2600 to €3200 monthly.
Further studies
There is also an option for students to further their studies in Germany.


Program requirements

You will need to complete an equivalent to one of the following with sufficiently good results:

  • SPM
  • Diploma
  • SKM


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