A vocational training course in a company usually takes between two and three-and-a-half years. During the vocational training course you work for the most part in a company and attend a vocational training college on one or two days of the week. You must pass an exam at the end of the vocational training course and will then receive your skilled worker certificate ("Facharbeiterbrief").
Skilled workers especially needed
Alternatively there are also school-based training courses, which are provided particularly in the fields of design and health. School-based training courses usually take between one and three years and are supplemented by internships in companies.