September 14, 2016

Vocational training in the Bavarian M+E industries

The Bavarian metalworking and electrical (M+E) industries continue to offer excellent employment opportunities to young professionals. This was the key message of a press conference held in early August 2016, by Bertram Brossardt, Chief Executive Officer of bayme vbm – the Bavarian Employers’ Associations for the Metalworking and Electrical Industries.

According to a new survey by bayme vbm, 14,800 new apprenticeship contracts will be signed in the Bavarian M+E industries in 2016 – an increase of 0.9 percent compared to last year. In 2017, Brossardt expects a further rise of 0.7 percent to 14,900 new contracts.

Competitive remuneration

Apprentices in the Bavarian M+E industries receive relatively well paid salaries. On average, the monthly salary of an apprentice is 1,044 Euro over the course of his training.

High retention rate

Furthermore, the apprentices also enjoy excellent hiring prospects after completion of their training. According to the survey, the Bavarian M+E companies have hired approximately 92 percent of their apprentices in 2016. The Bavarian M+E employers expect this rate to rise to approximately 98 percent in 2017.

However, the fact that an increasing number of apprentices are offered temporary contracts reflects growing economic uncertainty, Bertram Brossardt explained.

The value and importance of digital learning is increasing

The survey also highlights the growing significance of digital learning in the training of apprentices. Approximately 50 percent of the Bavarian M+E companies regard the use of digital learning as “important”. More than 57 percent already use digital learning for their everyday training; a further 41.3 are developing plans to do so.

The training of refugees and asylum seekers

Bavarian M+E companies are making an important contribution to the integration of refugees and asylum seekers. The survey shows that 34 percent of M+E companies have offered internships and six percent have offered apprenticeships to refugees and asylum seekers so far.


Tina Wehrle

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