Dual education system
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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Here you can find information about apprenticeship pay levels.

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:

Professional apprenticeships

There are currently some 340 recognised apprenticeship professions in Germany, in fields such as the crafts and skilled trades, manufacturing, services, agriculture and public service, as well as with doctors, pharmacies, lawyers and tax advisers.

In an apprenticeship, you are trained in Rhineland-Palatinate businesses under uniform federal standards. The apprenticeship is a perfect starting point for a successful career, and also offers many different opportunities for further development. An apprenticeship is independent of school diploma. The training company makes the decision to accept an apprentice. 

There is a strong need for new workers in Rhineland-Palatinate. The chances of an apprenticeship in a Rhineland-Palatinate company are therefore high.

Where can I find out about apprenticeship professions?

You should explore the requirements and prospects of the various professions and compare them with your own strengths and expectations well before making your choice. You will find an overview of the professions at the following portals:


At IHK-Lehrstellenbörse you can test out which IHK profession suits you and then immediately look for open apprenticeship positions.

On the homepage http://www.handwerkskammer.de/service/lehrstellenboerse.html you can learn about the professions of the Crafts Chambers.

You can find career information centres in the employment offices (Berufsinformationszentren) as well as career advisers who can help with orientation. It is easy to make contact with training companies at apprenticeship fairs.

You are not quite sure if the apprenticeship profession you have chosen is right for you? Then we recommend first doing an internship with a company to gain some initial experience in the field.

Apprenticeship contract

First you must find a training company and apply for an apprenticeship there – just like for a job. If your application is successful, you will receive an apprenticeship contract with the company.

Apprenticeships begin every year, usually on 1 August or 1 September. The company that is training you registers you with the vocational school and also with social security. During the apprenticeship you have medical, pension, long-term care and accident insurance as well as unemployment.

For the language skills you will need for the apprenticeship, the Rhineland-Palatinate vocational schools offer intensive language courses.

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