In its annual study “Education at a Glance”, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) points out the strength of Germany’s vocational education and training system. With upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary vocational qualification, employment rates of individuals aged 25 to 34 are as high as for individuals with a tertiary one (86% and 87% respectively).
Studying at a university is not the exclusive way to start a career. With its unique vocational education and training system, Germany offers excellent perspectives for adolescents and young adults through work-study programs and school-based programs. Its good outcome is also reflected in the low share of young people (10.8%) who are neither employed nor in education and training, the OECD further states in its country note on Germany. In this indicator, the country ranks on position four out of 35 member states.
Once again, these figures underline the potential of Germany’s vocational education and training system as a role model of developing countries. It offers an attractive alternative to classical tertiary education at universities. In addition, often non-tertiary vocational qualification is the only opportunity for students who did not pass the final school exam. However, they can still pursue a career by choosing a profession that is highly demanded on the labor market. It is even not uncommon that skilled workers are better paid than several university graduates.
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