Germany - Developing high quality apprentices

In Germany, the social consensus ensures that all school leavers are offered vocational education and training based on the dual system which provides new learners with a wide range of employability skills. As part of the partnership between the state and the private sector, Linhardt GmbH & Co. KG - a packaging manufacturer with headquarters in Bavaria - regularly trains young people. In 2010, 22 trainees successfully completed their initial vocational training in one of the following three sectors: tools manufacturing/ servicing; production; or administration/ management. These trainees were the first to graduate from Linhardt’s own programme called “ABC – towards the training championship". Linhardt’s commitment to training received the "VET quality label" of the German IVET Trainer Academy (DBA-Cert) in summer 2010.


The “Linhardt ABC – towards the training championship" approach is a name, a motto and a campaign for high quality training. It establishes, from the start, that training is connected to learning and it serves to describe the road "from beginner to professional" that should be taken by trainees during their apprenticeships. It also sets out the goals for the organisation - to become a training champion – and for the trainee to become a champion. The "Linhardt ABC" language is used whenever the company is discussing training-related topics. The company managers want to be different from their competitors. The creation of their own training logo is part of the "Linhardt ABC" approach which is used in their marketing materials to gain a competitive advantage.


This case study focuses on company-based training of apprentices and initial VET



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Contact information:                Gerhard Aichinger

Linhardt GmbH & Co. KG

Dr.-Winterling-Str. 40

                                               D-94234 Viechtach, Germany



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