|What You Need To Know About Ausbildung (apprenticeship)in Germany by Seedorf(m): Tue 15, March, 2022|
Apprenticeship abroad for Nigerians: Basics you need to know
Apprenticeships in Germany:
are open for participants from all over the world
are paid: participants get a monthly salary starting from 1st day
are free of charge: there is no fee for studying and no fee for placement services
provide legal basis to work in Germany in professions as a foreigner
Apprenticeship abroad for Nigerians: Advantages of a German apprenticeship
For most apprenticeships German level B1 is sufficient: with daily intensive learning B1 level can be reached within 6 to 12 months
Apprenticeships do only require a successfully finished school visit of 9 or 10 years – there are no more formal requirements
Participants receive an apprenticeship salary from 1st day
Many apprenticeship professions are highly respected and paid well
There are good chances of being accepted: On about 500.000 available positions in Germany 2019 there were only around 500.000 applicants
There is currently a high demand for people with vocational (apprenticeship) training in Germany
Two types of apprenticeships in Germany
Life-in-Germany.de only facilitates so called ‘Dual Apprenticeship’ for foreigners. This type is the most well-known type of apprenticeship in Germany. During the apprenticeship you alternate between training in theory and practice as well in a vocational school as in the company of your employer. This form of professional training is very popular because you gain practical experience from the beginning. Participants not only get trainings but also directly work in the company. A dual apprenticeship normally lasts 2-3 years and pays a monthly salary starting from around 700 Euro. The payments increases with each year during the apprenticeship, but is also dependent on the apprenticeship, training company, and industry.
A second type of apprenticeship is the so called “Educational Apprenticeship”. This usually tales place in a vocational school / technical college in the form of full-time classes. Especially apprenticeships in the health and social services, but also in the technical professions are designed as educational apprenticeships. It is important to note that you receive no salary in an educational apprenticeship since you are not working.
Perspectives after the apprenticeship
Each apprenticeship ends with an exam. Here you need to proof that you know all aspects of your profession in theory and practice. There will be written exams and you need to demonstrate your skills. E.g. as a hairdresser you need to deliver a perfect haircut during the exam, as a painter you need to show your skills in painting a room. Having successfully passed the exam your German employer might offer you a job as a qualified worker, leveling your monthly salary up with a starting point at 1.800€ or above. You might also change your employer at this point. Together with your new working contract you can apply for a residents permit in Germany.
Having successfully finished your exam after the apprenticeship you will also have the possibility to study. Having passed at least two years of professional training and three years of professional
experience you can also apply for university studies. This even is possible when you do not have a higher education entrance qualification (equivalent to the German “Abitur”), which is usually a prerequisite for studying in Germany.
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