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Have you graduated from school in your home country and now want to obtain a vocational qualification in Germany? Then come to Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion! Innovation creates fascinating new jobs – for trainees too. Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion offers many options for school-based and company vocational training in traditional and new professions. The Chamber of Industry and Commerce and the Karlsruhe Chamber of Crafts promote vocational training in the cooperative system and initial vocational training for all young people.

The cooperative system

The cooperative system involves combined vocational training in two locations - in the education company and in the vocational school.

In general, vocational training alternates between time spent working in the company on three to four days a week, and one to two days in the vocational school. The vocational school classes can also take place in block form (weekly).

Young people can only be trained in recognized vocational training professions. That is why vocational training takes between two and three and a half years, depending on the profession. The vocational training course can be shortened if the trainees achieve particularly good grades, or have certain school qualifications.

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Vocational training in the cooperative system aims to teach

  • a broad-based general education
  • specialist qualifications 
  • and professional experience

which qualify them to work in a skilled profession.


The advantage of the cooperative training system is the combination of theory and practice. The trainee receives vocational training in a company from the outset and also earns money from day one.  

Finding a training placement

General information

Do you want to start vocational training in Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion and are wondering how to find a training placement? This section briefly summarizes the process after the search for a training placement as an example. 

Training placements in the cooperative training system are 

  • advertised directly by the companies.
  • Applicants have to apply to the company as they would for a normal job. 
  • Training courses generally start in August and September. 
  • After finding a training placement, the trainee and the company conclude and sign a training contract. 

For some professions in the healthcare sector (geriatric nurses, nurses) and preschool teachers, vocational training is organized centrally via a special school. These schools teach basic classes and more in-depth material. They alternate with extended periods of practical work in various institutions. As the vocational training contract generally also requires that trainees graduate from vocational school, they must also have good language skills. Basic German language skills are required, but can also be improved during vocational training.

Non-EU nationals can also complete vocational training in Germany under certain circumstances. In such cases, it pays to speak to the potential vocational training company and the responsible authority in good time. The employer can also inquire to the Central Overseas and Specialist Placement Office (ZAV) whether the vocational training is possible before you apply for a visa.


Start looking for a training placement in good time! Many companies start their trainee recruitment early, so that training placements are often advertised (and filled) as early as one year before.

Looking online

The Internet offers many ways to find a suitable training placement. You can either apply directly to the firms or small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) by visiting their websites. Or you can search within the large pool of advertisements of the responsible chambers in Germany.


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