Preparation and Bridging Courses for International Apprentices in Germany
The Skilled Immigration Act is a new law in Germany which came into effect on 1 March 2020. It expands the possibilities for qualified professionals to come to work in Germany. Now, it's easier for skilled workers with vocational, non-academic training from non-EU countries to migrate to Germany in order to work.
It was already possible for potential students to come to Germany to seek a place in higher education. According to the new rules, those interested in receiving vocational training are also able to come to Germany to find a training place. The precondition for this is German language skills at B2 level, a school leaving certificate from a German school abroad or a school leaving certificate which entitles a person to receive higher education, a maximum age of 25 years and the ability to support oneself financially.
The new act enables foreigners who have successfully completed a vocational training course in Germany to receive a permanent settlement permit after two years.
A great number of German training providers offer bridging courses to prepare young men and women for an apprenticeship in Germany with regard to learning the German language and acquiring intercultural as well as specific professional know-how. Many international training providers are interested in partnering with the German training industry to recruit candidates. First cooperations have already been established.
The corona crisis and international travel restrictions have prevented the further realization of training cooperations also on this field. But postponed is not abandoned. Many activities will just be shifted to next year.