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How to persuade companies

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First the good news: As long as you have graduated from secondary school, you have a chance to obtain an apprenticeship or a job in the metal construction industry. But in order to make a good impression, to excite your colleagues and to make a successful start, you should be good at working with your hands, enjoy working in a team, be flexible – and of course enjoy working with metal. If you are also good at technology and handicrafts and have a good flair for art, maths or physics, nothing will stand in your way when attempting to persuade companies to offer you a position. But don't worry: Even if your marks weren't very good in these disciplines, you still have a chance. It is important for you to be able to explain to the decision-makers in the company why you are so deeply interested in the job or apprenticeship.

Are you a trained specialist or project manager who is looking for a (new) position in the metal construction industry? Or are you just starting out and are interested in an apprenticeship? Then the fastest route to your happiness is our application portal. You can make companies notice you with just a click. You will then be contacted and soon you will surely already be having your first talks about your new job or apprenticeship. What's more: You have good opportunities in the metal construction industry even if you are a lateral entrant from a different background!

Tips & tricks

For your successful application. For your successful future.

Finding openings, selecting the right documents, etc. Applying for a job in that way is not so simple. We have answered all of the most important questions about applying in order to make your start in the metal construction industry as simple as possible.

The easiest way is through our application portal. There you can search for apprenticeships or job openings in the metal construction industry. If you enter your post code, openings in your direct vicinity will be displayed.

The fastest route is definitely through our application portal. You can make companies near you notice you with just a click. After your initial 'nudge', the company will contact you and you will enter directly into talks. Already tried it?

Your application will normally include the following documents: a letter of application, your CV, certified copies of school certificates and any employment references and internship certificates you may have. A tip for the letter: Mention why you are interested in this company in particular and why you are so interested in the job. What's more: You can also make the first step in our application portal without any letter at all. Simply send a 'nudge' to indicate your interest and the companies will write back to you. Try it out.

Are you good at working with your hands? Are you interested in technology? Can you imagine working with metal? Does working flexibly in a team sound good to you? Then it's the right fit. Our tip: Start with an internship. That's the best way to find out whether the metal construction industry is right for you.


What your options are

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An apprenticeship in metal construction makes sense. Why? Because you are needed in this field. Because there is a good future in these jobs. And because you will have a great influence on all of our lives. Find out more here.

In general it can be said that you can apply to be a metal fabricator with any school leaving certificate. Depending on the apprenticeship, you may also require an intermediate school leaving certificate. You will find the precise requirements in our job profiles. The hurdles for entry are therefore low.

That is the fundamental requirement for your apprenticeship to be fun at all. What's more: Pure muscle power is no longer required because technical innovations and machines will support you in your work. But you should still be eager to pitch in and lend a hand. An apprenticeship in metal construction normally takes three and a half years. After that you will have many more opportunities to expand your capabilities. Here you will find out what steps in your career could still await you.




The general procedure
You will receive dual education for three and a half years. You will be taught the theoretical knowledge at the vocational school. Within the company you will then apply what you have learned in practice – always under the instruction of experienced colleagues. You will then take the first part of the apprenticeship certification exam before the end of your second year of training. You will be fully trained once you have completed the second apprenticeship certification exam.

What awaits you in the apprenticeship? Quite a lot.
Labour and collective bargaining law will also be explained to you for any recognised trade. Safety and health protection on the job will be on your agenda. But naturally you will also properly dive into the craft itself. Whether you are training to be a mechatronics engineer, metal fabricator or warehouse operative, the contents of the apprenticeship will naturally vary greatly depending on the recognised trade. In our job profiles you will find further information about what your tasks will be, how the apprenticeship will proceed and what precise requirements you must fulfil.

Recommended school leaving certificate:
Apprenticeship as a metal fabricator:
Secondary school leaving certificate

Training time:
3,5 years

Working hours:
workdays, possibly shift work