In many companies inclusion in vocational training is today already a reality. In the last five years almost one quarter of all firms with an apprenticeship programme have employed trainees with a disability. Some 12 per cent currently employ disabled trainees, most of whom are teenagers with a learning disability. The majority of companies train disabled teenagers for professions requiring a three or three-and-a-half-year training, a quarter for professions with two-year courses as well. Only approximately a tenth offer special, less theoretical apprenticeships leading to a recognised vocational qualification with a practical emphasis. Experience with the target group is important: companies which already have disabled employees are more than 40 percentage points more likely to train teenagers with a disability than those which do not. However, even 80 per cent of companies already training the disabled see the greatest obstacle to a greater involvement in a lack of applications from this target group. In addition, three quarters of these firms would like more assistance, for example, long-term support from special education teachers and official contact partners to answer their questions around vocational training for the disabled.
People with Disabilities in Germany’s Dual Vocational Training System
Positive and Negative Factors
- Christoph Metzler / Sarah Pierenkemper / Susanne Seyda ·
- IW-Trends ·
- 1 Dec 2015