Vocational traineeships

Vocational traineeships at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH – More than…

 

... just one opportunity. 

 

Have you recently passed your school exams and now want to kick-start your career at an international company? Then you’ve come to the right place. GIZ attaches great importance to providing vocational training to young, motivated individuals. We are looking to nurture talent, support personal and professional development and welcome you to our team.

 

You can complete a vocational traineeship or dual study programme in different departments at any one of our offices in Eschborn, Berlin and Bonn. You can also complete different stages of your vocational training at various locations throughout Germany and carry out assignments abroad.

 

Does that sound interesting? Then have a look at the different education and training opportunities we offer and decide which one best suits you.

 

GIZ welcomes applications from people with disabilities. 

 

We offer the option of studying part-time in certain situations; e.g. if you are unable to commit to full-time training because you have young children or have to care for family members.

 

Further Information

OFFICE MANAGEMENT TRAINEE, WITH A FOCUS ON OFFICE SUPERVISION OR CLERICAL WORK

Do you enjoy organisational and planning tasks? Do you have good communication skills? Office management specialists organise and process office management tasks. They also carry out commercial activities in areas such as order processing, procurement, accounting, marketing and personnel administration. If this sounds attractive to you, please submit your application.

Theory

Through your studies at the vocational college, you will acquire the knowledge you need for your work at GIZ. This includes accounting, economics, social studies, written communication and sociology. These classes will prepare you for the intermediate examination, as well as for the final written and practical examination.

Training location: Bonn, Germany
College: Deutzer Freiheit Vocational College, Cologne, Germany
Classroom-based training: approx. twelve weeks every four months
Further information: http://www.berufskolleg-deutzer-freiheit.de/

Training location: Eschborn, Germany
School: Konrad Adenauer Schule in Kriftel, Germany
Classroom-based training: approx. two to five weeks every eight weeks (varies)
Further information: http://www.kas-kriftel.de/

At the workplace

Following your onboarding phase, you will complete assignments in different divisions at GIZ, each lasting several months. We will also do our best to take your personal interests into account when selecting your work placements. Possible divisions include Human Resources, Financial Control, Procurement, Contract Management, Health as well as the regional divisions. We offer assignments throughout Germany or in GIZ partner countries.

Requirements

  • good results in your university entrance qualification (mittlere Reife, commercial college (Handelsschule) or German Abitur)
  • a good head for figures
  • fluent German for business
  • a sound command of English
  • good spoken and written communication skills

What we offer

  • a multicultural working environment
  • seminars and training courses
  • scope for creativity and self-initiative in your work
  • a range of social security benefits
  • the option of training at more than one location as well as a foreign assignment
  • special leave to prepare for examinations
  • part-time training models are feasible in certain scenarios, for example if you have young children or have to care for family members

Assignment period
Training period begins: In August of each year
Duration of training period: Two-and-a-half to three years (depending on school leaving certificate)

Vocational traineeships at GIZ: Office management trainee, with a focus on office supervision and clerical work (currently only available in German)

IT SPECIALIST TRAINEE – SYSTEMS INTEGRATION

Are you interested in working with a range of IT systems? Do you enjoy using different software applications? Our IT specialists in the systems integration field are in-house service providers who help GIZ staff resolve their IT issues. By reviewing and analysing problems, they identify solutions that ensure work can be carried out without disruption. If this sounds interesting to you, please reply without delay.

Theory

Through your studies at the vocational college, you will acquire the knowledge you need for your work at GIZ. The topics covered include information and telecommunications technology products and markets, establishing and supporting systems solutions, and systems development. These classes will prepare you for the intermediate examination, as well as for the final written and practical examination.

Training location: Bonn, Germany
College: Heinrich Hertz vocational college
Classroom based training: twice a week
Further information: http://hhbk.de/ 

At the workplace

Following your onboarding phase, you will complete various assignments – each lasting several months – in different data processing sections and in one of GIZ’s project operating divisions. Here you will learn about the processes for planning and designing IT solutions, and configuring and servicing complex interconnected systems. We offer assignments throughout Germany or in a partner country.

Requirements

  • good results in your general university entrance qualification or entrance qualification for technical college
  • a logical thinker
  •  a good understanding of technical matters
  • visual thinking
  • good numeracy skills

What we offer

  • a multicultural working environment
  • seminars and training courses
  • scope for creativity and self-initiative in your work
  • a range of social security benefits
  • the option of training at more than one location and a foreign assignment
  • special leave to prepare for examinations
  • you can study on a part-time basis in certain scenarios, for example if you have young children or have to care for family members

Assignment period
Training period begins:
In August every three years
Duration of training period: Three years (it is not possible to shorten the period of training)

Vocational traineeships at GIZ: IT specialist trainee – Systems integration (currently only available in German)

OFFICE MANAGEMENT TRAINEE, WITH A FOCUS ON PR AND EVENT MANAGEMENT

Do you enjoy organisational and planning tasks? Are you a good team player? Have you got good communication skills? Office management trainees at GIZ organise and process office management tasks and gain an insight into day-to-day administration and clerical work. They also assist in preparing, conducting and carrying out follow-up activities for high-ranking political events. We offer assignments throughout Germany and in a partner country.

Theory

 At vocational college, you will examine the theoretical foundations of an office management career, including accounting, economics, social studies, written communication and sociology. You will also focus on the areas of event management and marketing and take part in practical projects where you can directly apply what you have learned. We offer assignments throughout Germany and in a partner country.

Training location: Berlin, Germany
School: Friedrich List school (OSZ Büromanagement und Wirtschaftssprachen), Berlin
Classroom-based training: Approx. one week every three weeks
Further information: www.fls-berlin.de

You sit the first part of your extended final examination about half-way through your training, with the second part scheduled at the end.

At the workplace

Following your onboarding phase, you will complete assignments in different divisions at GIZ, each lasting several months. We will also do our best to take your personal interests into account when selecting your work placements. Possible divisions include Human Resources, Financial Control, Procurement, Contract Management, Health as well as the regional divisions. We offer assignments throughout Germany or in a partner country.

Our events provide a platform where high-profile and international participants can discuss development policy and make new contacts. Your tasks could include researching and visiting venues, assessing quotations, compiling schedules, issuing invitations and handling participant registrations.

Requirements

  • good results in your university entrance qualification (mittlere Reife, commercial college (Handelsschule) or German Abitur)
  • fluent oral and written German for business
  • a good head for figures, good grades in maths and German
  • a liking for organisational and office tasks 
  • a sound command of English
  • good oral and written communication skills

What we offer

  • a multicultural working environment
  • seminars and training courses
  • scope for creativity and self-initiative in your work
  • a range of social security benefits
  • training assignments in different locations and an assignment abroad are possible
  • special leave to prepare for examinations
  • you can study on a part-time basis in certain scenarios, for example if you have young children or care for family members;

Training period begins: August
Duration of training period: Two-and-a-half to three years, depending on school leaving certificate

HOW TO APPLY

Have you found the traineeship to suit you? Then we look forward to receiving your application.

Please send us the completed online application form.

Remember to upload the following attachments:

  • cover letter
  • a current CV
  • your last two school report cards

Optional: Other documents and certificates, such as internship references, etc.

Please note:
You can upload a maximum of 10 MB per application.
Cover letter and photo, 1 MB each
CV and other documents 2 MB each

File types:

  • Documents: doc, docx, pdf
  • Photos: bmp, gif, jpg

We cannot accept any applications by post.

What will happen to my application?

The information in your application will be transferred to a database that can only be accessed from within GIZ. When you submit your application form, you automatically consent to your data being stored electronically.
Once the applications have been processed and preferred applicants shortlisted, we will decide which applicants will be invited to attend the selection days.
We will contact you shortly after the application deadline. On submission of your application, the system will automatically confirm receipt of your documents.

Tips for your application:

1: Cover letter
Your cover letter informs us who of you are and why you are applying for the vacancy. Indeed, we are particularly keen to find out what has motivated you to apply for a particular traineeship. We also want to know what you perceive as your strengths and would like to hear about your personal goals.

2: CV
Please submit your CV in a tabular format. Make sure there are no gaps. You can also include a professional photo with your application.

3: Attachments
Your application should include your last two report cards, certificates for any internships, holiday jobs or courses and your CV. Please ensure that all work references and report cards are in chronological order. Your documents should be in Word or PDF format and must not exceed the specified file sizes.

Contact

Your contact (Bonn and Berlin)

Judith Jansen

+49 228 4460-1949

judith.jansen​@giz.de

Your contact (Bonn and Berlin)

Silvia Knorrn

silvia.knorrn@giz.de

Your contact (Eschborn)

Martin Henneberg

Telefon: +49 6196 79-2130

martin.henneberg@giz.de

Your contact (Eschborn)

Antje Kinkel

antje.kinkel@giz.de

Head of Intern Traineeprogram

Jutta Heckel

jutta.heckel​@giz.de