Trainees tell their story

My name is Kamal, I’m 33 years old. I come from Morocco,

where I worked as a plasterer.
I came to Germany in 2015. I love football and play football myself, but I can’t spare the time to do that at the moment.

What is different in Germany?
„I can live a quiet and peaceful life in Germany with no stress.“
What difficulties did you have and how did you solve them?
„The German language is a big hurdle; when I arrived here, I only spoke Arabic and French. I also found it difficult to orient myself in terms of a job in Germany: what should I choose? How do I find work? What jobs are related to the plastering trade?“

What have we done so far and why is that good for us?

Did you take any preparatory courses for the vocational training? Which ones?
„I participated in an integration course and completed a practical internship on a construction site.“
How did you find it?
„I found it myself with the help from some people I knew.“
What did you enjoy about it?
„Through the practical internship at the construction site I found out I could do the vocational training as a painter and decorator.“
Who supported you during your vocational training?
„I hardly had any help in finding the vocational training and looked for vocational training vacancy myself. Things didn’t turn out well at the first vocational training company, so I changed after the first year of my apprenticeship. Now I get a lot of support from my boss and colleagues.

If you have problems with your vocational training, contact the vocational guidance expert at the employment agency. The vocational guidance expert will discuss with you exactly where the problems lie, and will help you. If no other solution is possible, they will also help you find another vocational training company or other vocational training career.

Why did we choose dual vocational training?

What is your current vocational training?
„I’m carrying out the vocational training as a painter and decorator with the painter Michael Bienst and am in the third year of my apprenticeship.“
Why did you choose dual vocational training?
„I chose this vocational training because it is related to my original profession as a plasterer and I would also like to pursue this trade in Germany.“
What is going well in your vocational training?
„Everything is going well in the vocational training. I get on really well with my colleagues.“
Where have you experienced difficulties?
„I’m still finding the German language very difficult. I’d also like some help for my vocational school studies, but none is forthcoming at the moment."


Your aim is to successfully complete your vocational training, but low grades or other obstacles are hampering the ability to achieve your objective. The training assistants ("ausbildungsbegleitenden Hilfen") can provide the help you need, and will assist you before it’s too late.

This is what the "training assistants" can offer:
  • Tutoring in the subject theory
  • Preparation for class work and exams
  • Tutoring in the German language
  • Assistance with everyday problems
  • Mediating conversations with trainers, teachers and parents
Just talk to vocational guidance expert or job centre about your options. Together we will improve your chances for successful vocational training.

What next?

What do you want for your future?
„I want to live in peace and work in my chosen profession.“

What are your tips for other young refugees who are interested in vocational training?

„Make sure you are well informed about the various careers available and definitely do an internship at a company before you embark on the vocational training.

In vocational training you should always listen closely and respect your colleagues and customers.“