You have a vacant vocational training position but cannot find a suitable junior employee? Dual vocational training enjoys a high reputation abroad, so that young people from abroad – especially from EU countries – are also very interested in dual vocational training in Germany. The website of the Kompetenzzentrum Fachkräftesicherung (Centre of Excellence for securing qualified professionals) is one of many web pages, which provide information on how the recruitment of apprentices from Europe works.
You can also recruit apprentices from non-EU countries and offer them career prospects in Germany. If they come from outside the EU, they need a residence permit to start vocational training in Germany.
Visa for entry and to start in-company vocational training
If you have already made a binding commitment to a third-country national for a vocational training place, they can enter the country with a visa for the purpose of vocational training and immediately start their vocational training in Germany, provided that the apprentice has knowledge of the German language at level B1 of the CEFR. Proof of knowledge of German may be waived if you – as the training company – confirm that the apprentice’s language skills are sufficient (Section 16a (1) and (3) of the Residence Act [AufenthG]). With the residence permit to complete vocational training, the apprentice is allowed to pursue a second job for up to 20 hours per week if it is independent of the vocational training.