Apprenticeships are practice-orientated
Practical content on the business side alternates with instructional content. You are an employee of a company from the very start, and get to know the daily realities of work.
With apprenticeships, it is possible to learn and earn money at the same time
You receive wages from your first day of training (apprenticeship pay). This is between €450 and €1,000 depending on the profession and region. The pay rises with each year of training. Additional financial aid is also available under certain conditions.
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Apprenticeships offer good employment prospects
There are good chances of being hired directly after the training period, due to the apprenticeship contract and the apprentice's close connection with the company. However, switching to another company is also possible due to uniform apprenticeship standards.
Apprenticeships offer good career prospects
Committed and trained workers are in high demand in the Rhineland-Palatinate employment market. Workers with an apprenticeship are specifically sought after in many sectors. There are many different possibilities for further development after an apprenticeship. One example is further education to “Master” level. This would allow you to become independent with your own business someday, or take over a business and train young people yourself. University studies – even without a high school diploma (Abitur) – are also an option.
Where does the apprenticeship take place?
The apprenticeship is in two locations: in the training company and at the vocational school. You are an employee of the training company throughout the period of the apprenticeship. The apprenticeship lasts three to three and a half years, depending on the profession. There are also two-year apprenticeship professions, and, depending on previous training, the possibility of accelerated apprenticeship. You receive theoretical lessons at the vocational school. General education subjects such as German, English, mathematics and social studies are also on the schedule.
After the first half of the apprenticeship, you must pass an intermediate exam to show what you have learned in school and how you apply it at the company. The apprenticeship ends with a final exam which is in German.
In some apprenticeship positions, you spend less time in the company. This is true, for example, in the medical, healthcare and childcare sectors. Here you learn both theory and practice in specialised vocational schools. The practical application takes place in longer periods within businesses or care facilities, in the form of modules. You receive no pay during these apprenticeships. This is different in the healthcare sector. Because you have longer practical phases in hospitals or nursing homes, you do receive pay during your apprenticeship.
The school training lasts one to three years and is provided at state or private schools. You must generally pay tuition at private schools.
You can also combine the dual apprenticeship with university studies in Rhineland-Palatinate. Here, either a course of study is completed in parallel, or practical phases in a company are integrated into the course. You can find information about dual studies in Rhineland-Palatinate at: