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.

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

Students will not only get hands on training in a company, they will also study in a vocational school as part of their DVT program.

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. You get to understand how to apply what you have learnt to solve challenges at your workplace.

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

Girl, happy to receive Dual Vocational Training offer

Good Job Prospect

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.

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Earn while you learn

Receive enough allowance to cover your living cost in Germany even during your DVT.

Be Job Ready

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

Standardized Course

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.

Up-to-date Curriculum

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

Widely Recognised

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

Qualified Instructors

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

Qualified Companies

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

More than 80 percent of large companies in Germany hire apprentices.

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.

DVT-T (Technical)

Mechatronics Technician

Install and test hardware and software components in the technical area.

Set up and test electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic controls.

Program, operate and maintain mechatronic systems.

Process technician in plastic and rubber technology

Work with the most modern injection molding systems.

Learn about the specific properties of materials and the appropriate processing and processing methods.

Perform quality checks, clean, maintain and convert the production facilities.

Process technician in milling and grain management

Learn the raw materials requirement for mills and animal feed companies.

Perform quality and safety checks.

Manage warehouse.

Automation Technology Technician

Plan, programme, test, install and maintain control systems for computer-controlled systems such as automated production machines, traffic management systems or building technology systems.

Automotive Technician

Service and repair vehicles.

Install additional equipment and accessories in the vehicles.

Industrial Electrician

Comply to accident prevention regulations.

Install and connect mechanical components and equipment.

Analyse electrical systems and check functions.

IT specialist

Design and implement complex computer systems and adapt them to individual user.

DVT-M (Medical)

Radiology assistant

Independently cope with typical job assignments in clinics and hospitals as a radiology assistant.

The demand for radiographers is currently very high, and the employment prospects is above average.

Pharmacist assistant

Understand the properties of medicinal substances.

Have a good counselling practise when dealing with patients.

Laboratory assistant

Work in medical and scientific laboratories.

Opportunity to be promoted as a laboratory manager.

The Pathway

The Dual Vocational Training Pathway

School leaving certificate
Complete SPM, SKM or Diploma.
Preparation program
Students will spend 10 months to acquire the German language up to level B2.
During the preparation program, students will apply for available positions and attend interviews to secure their placement with their chosen company.
Visa application
Upon completing your preparation program, we will guide you with your Visa application to Germany.
Start DVT
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.
DVT Completion
At the end of the DVT, students will receive a state-recognised qualification.
Work in Germany
Earn between €2600 to €3200 monthly as a trained graduate.
Further studies
There is also an option for students to further their studies in Germany. Contact us to find out more.


Program requirements

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

  • SPM
  • Diploma
  • SKM

Our next intake

Application for September 2020 intake is open

The September 2020 intake is the last intake of 2020 and we will only accept a maximum of 15 qualified students.


Contact us for more information

In Germany, about 50 percent of all school-leavers undergo vocational training provided by companies which consider the dual system the best way to acquire skilled staff.