Apprentice training can take place in three different locations:
- With a training provider: apprentices acquire practical professional knowledge and skills while participating fully in the production process.
- At a vocational college: apprentices receive vocational teaching and learn the basic theories necessary for their profession. The vocational college also promotes the development of professional, methodological and social skills.
- At inter-company training courses: inter-company training courses complement the training provided within the company and at a vocational college. Apprentices acquire basic practical skills and skills specific to the sector.
The Order on Training and the training plan for each profession define the knowledge and skills that apprentices need to acquire at these three training locations. Many sectors and professional associations also offer literature specific to the sector and profession.
Possible overlap between practical work within the company, inter-company training courses and the subjects taught at a vocational college should be taken into consideration. A judicious transposition in practice can be assured with good coordination between theoretical and practical content.