The apprenticeship program is one of the main pillars of the educational system in Germany. Under the Act for Vocational Training, which the government signed in 1969, companies are challenged to provide enough vocational training positions each year to satisfy the high demand for skilled labour.
Apprenticeship programs are the main source for recruiting into technical positions in German companies. They guarantee a sustainable and highly qualified workforce for the future as we respond to the increasing age of our workforce. The content of the apprenticeship programs is defined by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Dow’s manufacturing and engineering function in Germany is facing a serious challenge. In the near future, more than 500 employees will retire; 56% of Technicians in Manufacturing & Engineering (M&E) and Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) are older than 45. The apprenticeship program is the most important pipeline to fill the anticipated gaps that this aging workforce will create over coming years.
Duration: 3 to 3 ½ years
Dual system: Learning in school and at Dow
Learning on the Job: In the training center (Schkopau, Stade, Rheinmünster) and in plants on a rotational basis.
Learning in School: A combination of in-plant training assignments and training- center classes and exercises on a rotating basis.
Graduation: Normal graduation is after 3 ½ years (3 years for highly skilled apprentices). All exams must be passed:
During apprenticeship: Temporary/limited Dow contract.
After successful graduation: Permanent or temporary positions.
Job points after graduation: 67
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