Dual Vocational Training

It is All in the Mix

In Germany, you do not just learn your occupation in a school. Instead, you conclude a training contract with a company. There you will learn hands-on what you need in the way of specialised know-how for your professional future. This dual vocational training lasts, depending on the occupation, between two and three-and-a-half years.

1st vocational training year

2nd vocational training year

Intermediate exam

3rd vocational training year

Final exam

Training in a Company

In general, you will work in a company three to four days per week. There you will learn the practical tricks of your trade.
In addition, you will experience what working life feels like and how to deal with your boss and colleagues correctly.

Training in the Vocational School

In addition, you will attend a vocational school for between eight and twelve hours a week.
There you will study theoretical contents specially tailored to your occupation. Your timetable furthermore includes German, social studies and physical education.

Your Advantages
  • You can start with any school leaving certificate.
  • You do not need academic qualification.
  • You apply what you have learned in practice right away.
  • You may be offered a job by your training company.
  • You earn money.

How to Prepare?

Your application portfolio is your business card: Use your letter of application, your CV, your certificates and your photograph to persuade the company to hire you. Explain in your letter of application why you are interested in this training occupation in particular.

If you are invited to a job interview, please be well prepared: Collect information about the company, practise job interview situations with your friends and be prepared for questions regarding your interests, strengths and weaknesses.

Good luck!

From candidate selection to the final exam – Here you will find out step by step about how we assist you through vocational training.

How this Works - Step by Step

Candidate selection

Together with their network partners, the ZAV are looking for suitable candidates in Europe for vacant vocational training positions in Germany.


You will be prepared for vocational training with language courses, internships and other measures.

Signing the Training Contract and Beginning Vocational Training

If the employer likes you and you like your choice of profession and company, you receive a training contract. As a rule, your vocational training begins in August or September of a particular year. A contact person helps you should you need assistance in the company, school or in your private life.

Completion of Vocational Training

As a rule, vocational training ends after three to three and a half years with the final exam to become a qualified skilled worker. After you successfully pass, you can begin working in your trained profession.

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1. Top-Flight Expertise

In Germany, you do not just sit down and study at school. You can put what you have learnt into practice in a company right away, have a peek at the work of experts and continually improve your own skills. And the best part: you receive vocational training pay.

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2. Strong Support

Your project provider may support you by offering language courses, comprehensive advice and assistance, an internship in a company and/or financial support. In addition, you will always have a contact person who will assist you with occupational or personal questions and bring you into contact with others from your home country.

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3. The Best Starting Conditions and a Wide Range of Career Choices

You can enter the programme The Job Of My Life with any school qualification. Find your dream job and enjoy the best kind of vocational training you can imagine.

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4. Career Prospects

Of course, Germany hopes that you will stay on and apply your expertise right here later on as well. But with your practical and specialised training you will also find a job in your home country, in Europe or world-wide.

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5. Comprehensive Information

Your decision for The Job Of My Life will lead to many changes. Keep yourself informed: look on the Internet and obtain one-on-one consultation.


Learning a new profession and getting used to living in a new country is enough to keep your hands full. It's therefore a good thing that you don't need to think about the costs of your stay in Germany. We look after that.

This is what your employer/project provider can offer if you do vocational education and training:
  • German language course as preparation in your home country
  • Allowance for travel and relocations costs
  • Language course in Germany in preparation for your internship
  • Financial support in addition to your training pay
  • Support at school, in the company and in daily life

The Brochure


Download all information about The Job Of My Life in your language here!


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In Germany, there are about 350 different vocational training occupations: from Agent in Marketing Communication through Joiner to Wood processing Mechanic.

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We Support you

When it comes to vocational training and further education, your network cannot be large enough: Find out about the organisations which support you.

Jupp Heynckes completed vocational training as a plasterer before later becoming the coach of FC Bayern Munich and winning the German football championship, the UEFA cup and the DFB cup in 2013.