Starting an apprenticeship in Germany as a non-resident: an exciting alternative for starting your professional life

Germany is one of the most attractive labour markets in the world. Due to a strong economy and comparatively low birth rates, there are many vacancies to be filled, for fully-fledged professionals as well as for beginners. Therefore, many foreigners are looking for a job or training in Germany.

You are very welcome to start an apprenticeship in Germany. The German education system offers good career opportunities even without studying, if you are a foreign applicant willing to learn the German language. There is a wide range of training occupations with or without accompanying studies.

Yet, there are a number of points that need to be taken into account. In addition to legal questions concerning the immigration process, there is also the question of how to find the best possible training and work place for you. You are certainly expected to be able to express yourself orally and in writing in German. In addition, today it is expected at most workplaces to be able to deal with a computer (MS Office knowledge) and to have a basic understanding of work processes.

If you already know in which profession you would like to work, have a vocational qualification or experience in a certain field, you can search for vacancies in Germany's largest job portal.

The so-called positive list of training occupations shows you which can be filled by foreign applicants.

The basis for selecting training occupations from the positive list is the shortage of skilled workers in Germany. The following list provides an explanation of the positive list of individual training occupations and activities. Positive list, status 2018 PDF

Simply enter the German name of your training occupation (you will find the translations on our positive list) in the respective search fields of the job agencies in the job portal (thats how it works PDF). You will then receive a list of possible employers.

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Now it is time to make contact with the employers. Do not limit yourself to just one training offer, but select as many different employers and offers as possible. This will increase your chances of finding a good training place.

In Germany it is common to introduce yourself with a written application folder, though some companies prefer applications by e-mail. Since you have only one chance to make first appearance, as they say, it is important to make a very good impression and to present yourself with the application documents accordingly. 

Find out how a German application should be structured. Then create professional application documents.

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You will need a visa to enter Germany and to start an apprenticeship.

In order for your application to be successful, the following requirements must be met:

You have already found an apprenticeship with a company in Germany

Your training has been recognised

When you apply for a visa, you must prove that you can finance your own living, regardless of whether you want to complete dual or school-based training. This is particularly important if you want to start a school-based apprenticeship - because in most professions you will not be paid during the apprenticeship period

More information about these visa requirements visa, such as German language skills and which documents are required, are available right here.

TIP: Would you like to do a part-time job in Germany in addition to your training? You can work up to 10 hours a week in Germany in a job that does not have to do anything with your training. While you are training to become a mechatronics technician, you can also work in a restaurant job, for example.