Your vocational training
In the first days of your vocational training, you will receive all kinds of information on our University. Here, you can meet your colleagues and get to know your future working environment.
During your training, you will assume various responsibilities and work in a friendly atmosphere. Your practical supervisors in the individual areas will be there to answer all of your questions. Your performance will be assessed in regular feedback meetings where you can also give feedback to the department you are working in. If your performance is good, you may have the option to complete a part of your training abroad, for example at an institution of higher education.
After you complete your training, we offer you a fixed-term employment contract for at least one year with the option of further employment.
A total of 16 apprentices are currently completing their vocational training at Fachhochschule Dortmund.
Find out which vocational trainings we offer and what training contents to expect
Office Management Assistant
The three-year office management assistant vocational training at Fachhochschule Dortmund is versatile and multifaceted. Every three months, you will move to a different department of the University Administration or a faculty what will give you a good understanding of all administrative tasks at our University. Vocational training positions are available in all departments of University Administration, such as Human Resources, Finances, Student Services, or Facility Management as well as in various faculty front offices. Everyday tasks include processing incoming and outgoing mail and preparing letters or procurement orders. In addition, all standard office duties, such as setting up meetings, are part of the vocational training. In each department, the apprentices are supervised by at least one training supervisor/practical supervisor, who is also the contact person for our questions and problems.
|Training location||Campus locations of
|Duration of training||3 years|
|Weekly training time||39 hours and 50 minutes|
|School & other requirements||
1 Year of training: € 1.036,82
|Annual special payment and capital-forming benefits||
|Vacation entitlement||30 workdays per year|
"I could not get this job [...] out of my head.” ~Phuong Anh Dang (KfB)
IT Specialist with a specialization in system integration
Currently, we are offering vocational trainings in the University IT Department as well as in the Faculty of Computer Science and in the Faculty of Business Studies for a training position as an IT specialist with a specialization in system integration. You can expect a wide range of responsibilities. IT specialists provide service and support via phone, e-mail and on-site. Starting with the basic installation and configuration of computers, to the maintenance of servers and their applications, administration of user and e-mail accounts, and procurement of hardware and software. As an apprentice at Fachhochschule Dortmund, you will have the opportunity to work mostly independently and take on your own areas of responsibility after only a short training period. Should our staff members or students encounter any problems with applications or PCs, you will be their first contact person. If you cannot solve a problem yourself, a large and experienced team of trainers, as well as colleagues, will be there to support you at any time.
It is always a highlight when you successfully solve a problem.” ~Felix Ehmke (Fachinformatiker)
Specialist for media and information services
In the three-year specialist for media and information services vocational training with a specialization in library systems, you will get to know the library administration as well as all four faculty libraries of Fachhochschule Dortmund. The acquisition, processing, and provision of media of all kinds as well as user support are part of the training. Specialists for media and information services (FAMIs) acquire books, journals and other media for Fachhochschule Dortmund. In doing so, we take, e.g., bibliographies (DNB) into consideration and also respond to purchase suggestions from users, such as professors. We also loan media that are not in our own library from other libraries at the request of users or share media from our library with other libraries. One of the most important responsibilities, however, is the user support that includes checking out media and handling the returns at the service counter, as well as reserving requested books. Quite often, you will also be an advisor and supervisor for the users. This includes an introduction to library use, assistance with effective research, a willingness to be open to any questions and to provide information and guidance.
„Die Art und Weise sich mit einer Rallye mit dem eigenen Unternehmen auseinanderzusetzen und mehr von diesem kennen zu lernen war sehr spannend.“ ~Amelie Flitsch (FaMI)
Electronics technician specializing in building and infrastructure systems
During the 3.5-year vocational training as an electronics technician with a specialization in building and infrastructure systems, you will work in the electrical workshop and handle all electrical technical building management tasks at Fachhochschule Dortmund. Distinctive features of the vocational training at Fachhochschule Dortmund are the versatile responsibilities. These include electrical installation in offices, laboratories and in other spaces of the university. As an apprentice, you will also handle repairs and maintenance work of electrical and telephone systems in buildings and outdoor facilities of the university. In addition, you will also support students with their project work. As an electronics technician, you will also be responsible for laying, connecting and maintaining data and communication lines.
IT-Dual: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science combined with an IT specialist vocational training
The part-time (“dual”) study program for professionals combines the vocational training for IT specialists for system integration/application development (Fachinformatiker*in für Systemintegration/Anwendungsentwicklung) with the academic Bachelor’s studies specializing in Systems Engineering/Software Engineering. The nine-semester study program as well as the vocational training at Fachhochschule Dortmund will both take place directly at the university and ensure a strong practical orientation through the alternation of study and operational content throughout the week. By rotating between different departments, apprentices get to know a wide range of responsibilities. In addition to setting up computer workstations and dealing with application and system-related problems, the in-house training focuses on analyzing, developing, and adapting specialist IT applications, as well on project work. By completing the part-time study program, you will acquire an attractive double qualification in the field of computer science.
|Training location||Campus locations of Fachhochschule Dortmund
Studies: Faculty of Computer Science
|Vocational training duration||9 semesters (4.5 years)|
|Weekly training hours||39 hours 50 minutes|
|Educational & other
1. year of training: € 1,036.82
Complementary study benefit: €150
and annual special payment
|Vacation entitlement||30 workdays per calendar year|
|Vocational school||You do not have to attend vocational school classes|
The application procedure
The entire selection process takes approx. 12 weeks.
- We announce vocational training vacancies once a year
→ Did we make you curious?
- Your online application:
• Cover letter
• Last two school reports
- Invitation to the recruitment test: (online or on site)
• General knowledge, spelling, mathematics and focus
• Specific question regarding each vocational training position
- Invitation to the job interview
• Getting to know each other
• Duration approx. 30 minutes
→ Are we a good fit?
Q&A - The most frequently asked questions answered by our apprentices
How can I apply and which documents should I attach to my application?
We always include a link to our online application form in our job advertisements. Here, you will be asked to provide a few basic details, such as your name, address, etc. In the second step, you can attach your application documents as a file (preferably a PDF document).
Please send us the following documents:
- Cover letter
- A copy of your last two school reports
- Certificates and credentials
When should I apply?
Our vocational training positions are usually posted towards the end of the summer vacations in Germany. The application period is approx. 4-6 weeks. You can find the exact deadline in the respective job advertisement on our careers page.
How does the application process for a vocational training position at Fachhochschule Dortmund look like?
After you submit your application via our online application portal, you may be invited to participate in a recruitment test. The test will take place at the premises of Fachhochschule Dortmund or online. If you complete the test successfully, we will invite you for an interview.
What should I expect in a job interview?
In the interview, we would like to get to know you a little and to find out if we are a good fit for each other. In order to do that, we also use - depending on your future occupation - a practical exercise or even a group interview with other applicants, in addition to a standard job interview.
How will I be supervised during the vocational training at Fachhochschule Dortmund?
There are training supervisors or practical supervisors in every department, who are there to support you and answer all of your questions. You can also always contact our youth and trainee representatives (Jugend- und Auszubildendenvertretung) or the team of the Vocational Training Management (Ausbildungsmanagement) if you would like to discuss confidential matters.
How much will I earn as an apprentice?
The vocational training positions are remunerated in accordance with the Collective Agreement for Apprentices in the Federal States (TVA-L):
1. Year of training: € 1.036,82
2. Year of training: € 1.090,96
3. Year of training: € 1.140,61
4. Year of training: € 1.209,51
Apprentices who complete part-time studies for professionals, will also receive a complementary study benefit (Studienzulage). Every apprentice of Fachhochschule Dortmund who will successfully pass the final exam in the first attempt, will receive a one-time bonus of 400 euros.
How many hours do I have to work?
The weekly working time is 39.83 h (39h 50min). Your working hours are distributed over a 5-day week. We have a flexible working time framework, which allows you to schedule your own working hours after consulting your supervisors. The time you spend in vocational school (Berufsschule) is counted towards the weekly working hours and makes up approx. 1.5. days per week.
How will I be enrolled in vocational school?
Are there any regular feedback meetings in the course of the training?
Regular feedback meetings will be held, in which your training supervisors and practical supervisors will assess your performance on the one hand, and you will also be able to give feedback to the department on the other hand.
Is it possible to take further education classes already during the vocational training?
If you decide to pursue a vocational training as an office management assistant “Kauffrau/Kaufmann für Büromanagement”, you will have the opportunity to obtain a university entrance qualification (Fachhochschulreife) in cooperation with your vocational school, which will enable you to study at a university of applied sciences after completing your apprenticeship.
If you have already obtained the university of applied sciences entrance qualification, you can take further education classes before you complete your vocational training, e.g., to qualify as a state-certified business economist “Staatlich geprüfter Betriebswirt*in”. The classes are usually offered in the evening hours once a week and biweekly on Saturdays.
Is it possible to complete the vocational training partly abroad?
If your performance is good, you may have the option to complete your training partly abroad, for example at an institution of higher education.
Is it possible to shorten the vocational training period?
If your workplace and vocational school performance is good, there is an option to finish your training half a year earlier.
Are there any special events during the vocational training at Fachhochschule Dortmund?
There are a few special events that you will participate in during your training. For example, we host an annual graduation ceremony with all current and future apprentices, and you will take an educational trip lasting several days, e.g., to Berlin, with all apprentices and supervisors.
Will I be hired at Fachhochschule Dortmund after completing the vocational training?
After you complete your training, we offer you a fixed-term employment contract for at least one year with the option of further employment. However, apprentices often successfully apply for jobs at our University towards the end of their training and stay much longer with us.