There are many kinds of occupational training. In a dual system, you learn both at a school and within a business. In non-commercial training, you are taught by a training provider and at a vocational school, and then possibly during internships within businesses. Full-time training means that you mostly learn at a vocational school and take part in additional internships within businesses. Internships for non-commercial and full-time training students are subject to the same rights explained in this brochure.
Regardless of which model is used to train a trainee – they all have to attend a vocational school.
The vocational school is responsible for expanding on and developing knowledge gained from an employer or training provider. However, the reality here can sometimes fall short. In order for a vocational school to teach the necessary information to complement practical training, they might need, for instance, to invest more in the qualifications of vocational students and teachers. Teaching materials can also often leave something to be desired.
You can check the quality of a vocational school by asking yourself the following questions:
- Are textbooks up-to-date and do they contain good information?
- Does the content of lessons and practical training complement each other?
- Are there sufficient teaching materials for lessons?
- Is all content of the framework plan covered?
- Are many lessons cancelled?
If a vocational school seems to have some quality problems, you should get together with other trainees and school representatives to change something.