Electrical sector in Germany strengthens vocational training across all three tiers

Germany’s unique vocational education and training (VET) system is internationally recognized as being exemplary, largely because the dual system efficiently leads to highly qualified employees and allows for smooth education-to-work transitions. The three tiers in the electrical business sector also rely on the successful VET system. However, ongoing economical changes and the increasing pace of digitalisation make is necessary to re-think and adapt traditional job profiles.


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The electrical industry trains and qualifies a great variety of skilled professionals, including Mechatronic Technicians, Tool Engineers, Process Mechanics, Technical Product Designers, Assistants for Digitalisation Management, Warehouse Logistics Experts, Skilled Warehouse Operators, Industrial Managements Assistants, and many more. All on-the-job training in Germany is subject to uniform, nationwide regulations that determine mandatory content, training schedules, and required examinations.


Electrical wholesalers have just recently revised official regulations for their most popular occupational profile to keep up with the actual demands on the market. During the complex revision process experts from companies, employers as well as trade union representatives, the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (