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.
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Why should you select the Dual Vocational Training
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.
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.
Most countries in the European Union recognise the qualification of trainees from this program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Service and repair vehicles.
Install additional equipment and accessories in the vehicles.
Comply to accident prevention regulations.
Install and connect mechanical components and equipment.
Analyse electrical systems and check functions.
Design and implement complex computer systems and adapt them to individual user.
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.
Understand the properties of medicinal substances.
Have a good counselling practise when dealing with patients.
Work in medical and scientific laboratories.
Opportunity to be promoted as a laboratory manager.
The Dual Vocational Training Pathway
School leaving certificate
Work in Germany
You will need to complete an equivalent to one of the following with sufficiently good results:
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.