Why an apprenticeship qualification via the second educational path is worthwhile

Investing in this form of personnel development is a win-win situation, says Michael Sturm, Managing Director of bfi Austria.

“If employees are given the opportunity to receive further training internally, they stay. Employers, in turn, alleviate the shortage of skilled workers by further qualifying existing employees. “

“Second education is gaining in importance”

Görgülü is by no means the only one who catches up with an apprenticeship qualification in adulthood. Helmut Dornmayr from the Institute for Educational Research (ibw) has been observing a significant increase in the area of ​​post-qualification for years.

“The apprenticeship qualification via the second educational path is becoming more and more important – especially in view of the impending shortage of skilled workers,” says Dornmayr.

According to figures from the apprenticeship office of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO), of 37,618 successfully passed final apprenticeship exams in 2020, 6,346 were taken via a so-called extraordinary final apprenticeship examination. Going into the second educational path through an employer is rather unusual, says Dornmayr.

Broad target group

“Most of the participants are placed via the AMS, for example as part of the intensive training for skilled workers, who then receive the theoretical examination content from a training provider.” This is also confirmed by bfi boss Sturm.

“Especially in the fields of electronics, construction, wood, as well as in the metalworking trade, extraordinary apprenticeships are completed as part of the AMS skilled worker intensive training.”

However, semi-skilled assistants or lateral entrants from another occupation who want to catch up on an apprenticeship qualification are also a classic target group for the second educational path, says Sturm. In order for those working later to get an extraordinary apprenticeship qualification, some requirements apply.

At least one and a half years of professional experience

“The applicant must be of legal age and demonstrate relevant professional activity, for example with a certificate of service, professional experience must go back at least one and a half years,” explains Günther Zauner, apprentice expert at the Chamber of Labor (AK).

The application itself is submitted to the WKO’s apprenticeship office, where the exam is also taken. “The theory courses are completed in educational institutions, for example in the Wifi or in the bfi.”

The re-qualification would later prove to be an advantage, said Sturm. “The employee has a formal professional qualification with corresponding remuneration. It also increases mobility on the job market, making job changes easier. “

She doesn’t mind that Cansa Görgülü can only study in the evening after work. “There are no excuses, I want to do it”. The course gives her self-confidence, she has already set herself a new career goal: “I would like to take care of the cash register in the future.”

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