The high number of young people joining the German apprenticeship system and of enterprises involved demonstrates its attractiveness. Apprenticeship contributes to build up a well-qualified skilled manpower and is traditionally highly viewed in the German civil society.

Win-win situation for companies and apprentices

Through training apprentices companies can ensure their supply with qualified and committed skilled staff. It is also attractive to companies since it signals responsibility and social prestige, it contributes to the reduction of the age of the staff, and it is cost efficient. The attractiveness of apprenticeship for young persons will depend upon the type of school they attend, the branch and occupation they train for, the apprenticeship salary, and the participation in guidance activities while being at school.

Statistical data show that the unemployment rate of apprenticeship graduates upon graduation remains low in compared to other choices of education and in comparison to statistics from other Member States. Advanced training occupations offer an attractive career path for apprenticeship graduates. Depending on the sector and the occupation advanced training graduates have comparable income and career chances to higher education graduates on Bachelor level.

The institutionalized involvement of social partners and the national standards on content and implementation secure the quality of the system and therefore also foster its attractiveness. The excellence of apprenticeship highly depends upon the content and long-term relevance of training regulations to labour market changes. They are designed so as to encompass future changes such for instance digitalisation or internationalisation of work processes.