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In Germany, there are currently 350 different vocational training occupations. Here are some:

With your hands

Occupations carried out "with your hands" fall within this field of work. These occupations range from fine, filigree and clean manual labour, such as the work performed by a hairdresser, to "manual labour" which demands lending a strong hand and involves quite a lot of muck, dirt and dust, which is the case for a concrete or steel worker.

Gardener

Gardeners are experts in the production and cultivation of plants. They are also responsible for picking plants and their further use as well as using them for design purposes. Providing advice to clients and sales work also form part of a gardener’s area of work.

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Baker

Bakers work in food crafting as well as in the food industry, e.g. in industrial bakeries. Furthermore, they are also employed in specialty and diet bakeries as well as in food services and catering.

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Hairdresser

Hairdressers wash, cut, condition, dye and style hair. They advise their customers individually on haircuts, hair care as well as hair styling and provide manicures, design fingernails as well as make-up and sell cosmetic and hair care products.

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Plasterer

Plasterers apply plaster to the interior and exterior of shell constructions while integrating light sources, roller shutters and ventilation and mounting drywall components. Furthermore, they form or restore historical façades and ornamental stuccowork.

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Butcher

Butchers make meat and sausage products, fine foods, meals and preserved food. In butcher shops, they present and sell these products and advise their customers.

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Confectioner

Confectioners make tarts, cakes, chocolates, confectionary, marzipan and sugar products, savoury, cheese and durable biscuits as well as ice cream. Furthermore, they decorate and present their products and sell them.

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Concrete and Reinforced Concrete Worker

Concrete and Reinforced Concrete Workers manufacture components from concrete and reinforced concrete as well as formworks and reinforcements and then mount these. Furthermore, they repair damp or damaged concrete walls, ceilings, pillars and beams.

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Metalworker

Metalworkers are experts for the production of metal structures. The reconstruction and maintenance of those structures are part of their area of responsibilities, as well. Where appropriate, they also perform planning and construction tasks.

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Roofer

Roofers erect roof trusses and clad roofs and wall surfaces with, e.g. bricks, slate, panels, roof tiles or thatch. They install heat insulation and seal up roof, wall and floor surfaces in buildings. In addition, they maintain and repair roofs and façade claddings as well as restore them.

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Automotive Mechatronics Technician

Automotive Mechatronics Technicians service motor vehicles. They test the technical systems of vehicle, perform repairs and install additional and special equipment and accessories in the vehicles.

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With Machines, Technology and Computers

Occupations in this field of work demand being able to understand technical concepts quickly and well, in order to handle tasks in the fields of technology, mechanics, IT and electronics with concentration and solution-focused pragmatism.

System Mechanic for Sanitary, Heating and Air-Conditioning Technology

System Mechanics for Sanitary, Heating and Air-Conditioning Technology plan and install supply installations and systems. They also maintain and repair them.

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Industrial Insulator

Industrial Insulators make thermal and sound insulations for pipelines, containers, installations, ceilings and walls primarily for large industrial plants. They manufacture the required supporting and suspending structures, install insulating materials and cover the insulations with sheet metal or other materials.

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Industrial Electrician

Industrial Electricians are qualified electricians in terms of the accident prevention regulations. They process, install and connect mechanical components and equipment. Furthermore, they analyse electrical systems and check functions.

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Electronics Technician (Craft Trade)

Electronics Technicians install mechanical parts, electrical devices and components and operate as well as maintain them.

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Electronics Technician - Automation Technology (Craft Trade)

Electronics Technicians specializing in Automation Technology plan, programme, test, install and maintain control systems for computer-controlled systems, e.g. automated production machines, traffic management systems or building technology systems.

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Technician for Operating Technology

Technicians for Operating Technology install, maintain and repair electrical operating, production and processing equipment, including switch and control systems, energy supply units and communications and lighting technology equipment.

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Technician for Energy and Building Technology

Technicians for Energy and Building Technology design electro-technical systems of buildings as well as their energy supply and infrastructure. They install the systems and operate and maintain or repair them if required.

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IT specialist

IT specialists design and implement complex computer systems and adapt them to the individual user.

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Professional Driver

Professional Drivers work in the areas of goods and passenger transport. They transport goods with trucks of any kind. In the area of passenger transport, they drive service buses and coaches.

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Skilled Worker in Protection and Securtiy

Skilled Workers in Protection and Security protect people, property, plants and valuables. They plan precautionary measures for the security of the above and for the aversion of dangers and implement them.

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In Nursing

Making life easier for people through help and nursing support is your main task if you want to work in nursing – for example as a geriatric nurse.

Old-Age Carers

Old-Age Carers assist and care for elderly people in need of help. They provide support with day-to-day life, advise them, encourage them to take part in meaningful as well as leisure activities and perform medical nursing tasks.

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With and for People

Do you like people, enjoy advising others, and you empathise easily with people? Then you'll definitely be interested in occupations in the field of work "With and for People".

Hairdresser

Hairdressers wash, cut, condition, dye and style hair. They advise their customers individually on haircuts, hair care as well as hair styling and provide manicures, design fingernails as well as make-up and sell cosmetic and hair care products.

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Seller

Sellers sell goods and services. For this purpose, they inform and advise their customers and offer additional services. They accept and label goods and present them in an appealing manner. Furthermore, they are responsible for verifying stocks, executing quality controls, reordering goods and handling complaints.

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Seller of Specialist Foods

Sellers of Specialist Foods sell food products and luxury foods. In doing so, they provide correct service and advice to customers.

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In a Hotel or Restaurant

Whether it be as a hotel clerk in the hotel and catering industry helping guests to have a pleasant stay in the hotel, or preparing delicious menus in the restaurant kitchen – for occupations in the hotel and gastronomic industry you need to be open and enjoy contact with others.

Hotel Specialist

Hotel Specialists can work in any department of a hotel. They serve drinks, wait tables in the restaurant, arrange the rooms or prepare events. They also perform administrative tasks. Here, they are responsible for accounting, inventory or human resources.

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Chef

Chefs prepare and arrange various dishes. They organise the workflow in the kitchen, set up meal plans, buy ingredients and store them correctly.

Chefs mainly work in the kitchens of restaurants, hotels, cafeterias, hospitals, nursing homes, and catering services. They also work in the food industry for manufacturers of ready-made meals and frozen foods. Shipping companies also employ chefs on larger cruise vessels.

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Restaurant Specialist

Restaurant specialists wait on guests in catering establishments. Above all, they assist in the choice of food and drink, wait tables and take care of the bills, but they also help prepare bigger events. In hotels, they also work in room service.

 

Restaurant specialists usually work in restaurants, hotels, inns and boarding houses. They may also be employed by department stores and consumer markets with a day café, in casinos and gambling halls with a service area, or in butcher shops with catering service.

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With Documents and Numbers

Juggling numbers, the orderly and systematic filing of documents and an understanding of profitability and efficiency come naturally to you? Then you'll be especially interested in an occupation in the field of work "With Documents and Numbers". Sales occupations, but also administrative and office occupations, fall into this area.

Seller

Sellers sell goods and services. For this purpose, they inform and advise their customers and offer additional services. They accept and label goods and present them in an appealing manner. Furthermore, they are responsible for verifying stocks, executing quality controls, reordering goods and handling complaints.

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Office Administrator

Office Administrators organise and execute office management tasks. Furthermore, they carry out commercial activities in areas such as processing of orders, procurement, accounting, marketing and human resources.

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Seller of Specialist Foods

Sellers of Specialist Foods sell food products and luxury foods. In doing so, they provide correct service and advice to customers.

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How it works

 

From candidate selection to final examination – How you are assisted step by step through vocational training.

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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.