Now you can pursue Ausbildung for a job in Germany!

Now you can pursue Ausbildung for a job in Germany!

Non-EU citizens who have completed their 12th grade school education can now choose an alternative route to pursue their further education which enables them to graduate skilled and experienced tradesmen or professionals after the three years programme!

Foreign students with a national school certificate obtained from the school examination board of a state or centre are generally accepted to an undergraduate degree course in a university in Germany, only conditionally.

The reasons being said are;


  • completing their school education in just 12¬†years¬†in their home country, or
  • the national level school examination certificate they carry is not considered equal to an international school qualification like the IB or a GCCE.
  • The¬†twelve years school qualification is not considered equal to the German abitur – the entry qualification for an undergraduate¬†degree level course in a German university.

Hence you need to attend a foundation year course in a studienkolleg in Germany. Since the foundation course is offered in the medium of German, you should start learning German to even qualify to attend a foundation course!

Many are there from all over the world to follow the conditions above as they believe it’s worth having a German university degree at the end of the day.

German degrees are identified and recognised by employers and universities across the world!

But the most important objective of the majority of those who migrate to a foreign country to study further is to qualify for a job immediately after completing their studies.

How easy is it to get a job in Germany, after completing a degree?

The normal and traditional ways of attending interviews, trying  your best to convince the employer about your skills, finding it awkward to present your prior, irrelevant, work experience and exposure etc

Hence presenting this option!

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Start with on the job learning, and get ready for a job in Germany.

This is possible now, from 2020.

One can choose to attend an apprenticeship training programme offered at a workplace and at a training institution in Germany, simultaneously. That too is your desired field of occupation!

As per a law enacted in March 2020, employers from various businesses, sectors and industries can offer training to non-European citizens in more than 300 occupations.

The training programme called Ausbildung in German also helps German employers to meet their shortage of skilled workers as the participants will be on the work placement for the major part of the programme.

It’s beneficial for the employers as well as the programme participants as at the end of the three years an attendee will be a fully trained skilled worker or tradesman or professional in her / his chosen area of occupation.

The attendees graduate with a Government recognised vocational qualification after the programme which is accepted by employers all over Germany.

After graduating you are already trained, skilled, experienced and also familiar with the German work culture to start working as a full-time employee with the employer who has participated in the programme or with any other employer as per your choice.

After working for two years, like any other university graduate, you can also apply for a permanent residence permit in Germany if you like.

Graduates from an Ausbildung programme are also considered qualified for a job seeker’s visa in case you think it’s required.

‘Earn while learning’ for a job in Germany!

Ausbildung is a Government controlled apprenticeship training programme in Germany.

The programme is funded partially by a State Government and therefore the programme does not attract any tuition fees.

In addition to that as per the law, the Ausbildung programme participants are entitled to a monthly stipend from the employer for their contribution at the workplace, for the entire duration of the programme.

The amount of the stipend varies according to the occupation, 650 -1400. EUR per month. The minimum stipend amount should not be below 800-EUR for many occupations. Those who attend an Ausbildung programme in health care and nursing can earn between 800 and 1400.EUR, as agreed in the training contract.

The monthly stipend in an occupation like logistics starts with 950.EUR!

A few institutions charge a one time registration fee and in return provide many post arrival services and also make them available to address any grievances of the participants during the entire duration of their stay while on the programme.

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Is German language proficiency a requirement to apply for an Ausbildung programme?

Since Germany is a German speaking country and the work culture is German, language skills in German up to a particular level is required to attend an Ausbildungsprogramme in Germany. 

Generally B2 level language, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), is used at workplaces in any country including Germany. 
Ausbildung participants are trained on the job for a job in Germany after completing the programme, hence they need to work with real employees at the workplace.  
Hence at least a B2 level in German is demanded while the participants are on a work placement!
Therefore the German employers participating in the Ausbildung programme will be ready to issue a training contract only when they are convinced with the German level of the prospective programme participant. 
One should be able to provide at least a  B1 level test passed certificate as a must to qualify to get a training contract issued by a participating German employer. In addition to this, a commitment for further learning to achieve the level of B2, starting as soon as you arrive in Germany, is also required to convince the employer to qualify for a contract.

Does that mean that one should be at least at B1 level in German while applying for an Ausbildung programme?

A person who meets the other minimum academic and age criteria can apply for the programme even when she/he is at zero levels in German. 
Since German is not a common language for citizens from countries like India, expecting people to know the language is reasonably not correct.
Hence there is a skill development programme offered in your home country which is structured to develop the German language as well as basic occupational skills within a stipulated time.
The programme now is offered online therefore your current location doesn’t matter.¬†
One can shorten the duration of the skill development programme by investing more hours and using all the resources available within the reach. 
Whereas the minimum number of hours of classes per day is two and the maximum is 5 if you choose to attend it online.
The course is offered offline in very limited locations and requires your commitment for 6 hours per day to attend the classroom teaching alone.
In a particular arrangement, the cost of the skill development programme could be covered within the registration fee of the training institution, but if you have your own arrangements then that’s also fine but you will be required to bear the cost on your own.

What are the other expenses or and financial involvements? 


The other major commitments in terms of funds and finance to this programme are;


  • If you choose to migrate after B1 but before achieving the B2 level then you will be required to pay a tuition fee for the B2 level German course in Germany ( The course fee for 2021 September batch students are sponsored by the respective employers so are exempted)
  • All academic documents, birth certificate and the Medical certificate need to be translated into German and notarised immediately after A1 level test is passed and an acceptable¬†test passed certificate is made available.
  • A 75.EUR worth fee needs to be paid in your local currency to the visa office while applying for a visa.
  • Your stay in Germany will be starting with a B2 level German course, and that could be completed in 3 months, still, you will be asked by the German consulate to provide a blocked account balance confirmation for at least 6 months from the proposed date of arrival in Germany.

What is the right time to apply?


 One can apply for the programme at any time;

  • As the skilled development programmes start whenever there is a group of 10 students. Any given day and time.
  • Being said that B2 German in Germany starts in September and March.
  • Ausbildung starts in September every year, and for a few occupations in March as well. That means those who have B2 level skills in German can apply for a visa to start the training directly in September or March as agreed in the training¬†contract.

Ausbildung is unique and the motive of any post secondary study you follow is eventually to qualify for a job, then, contact us right away to apply

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