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Apprenticeships in
AustriaA National Report for
the EU Project ApprEnt
• University for continuing
education: Master-programs,
short-cycle programs
• 8.862 students in 2016/2017
• Average student is 40 years old
• practice-based, competence-
based teaching and learning
• Work-study-programs,
sometimes combined with
professional licence
Danube University Krems
• Independent network of
companies
• „Mittelstands-Allianz“: SMEs
• lehrlingspower.at:
Supporting apprenticeships
Senate of Economy
Apprenticeship-
System in
Austria
Lower-level
apprenticeships
(NQF Level 4-6)
“Lehre”: Permit to a
profession (Level 4)
“Meister”: Permit to start
a company in a regulated
profession and to train
apprentices (Level 6)
Higher-level
“apprenticeships”
(NQF level 6-7)
Source: Chamber of Commerce (2017): NQR - Nationaler Qualifikationsrahmen, retrieved from
https://news.wko.at/news/oesterreich/NQR---Nationaler-Qualifikationsrahmen.html, 10th of November
Apprenticeships in
Austrian Higher Education
• Dual-study programs: Came up in the
last 2 years, provided in 7 HEIs
• Work-study-programs: Lectures on
weekends, blended learning
• Continuing educations study
programs: Validation of prior learning
for admission possible, lectures on
weekends/blended learning
Providers of Dual
Study Programs
1. IMC Fachhochschule Krems
2. Paracelsus Medizinische
Privatuniversität
3. FH Joanneum
4. FH Vorarlberg
5. FH St. Pölten
6. FH Oberösterreich
7. FH Technikum Wien
Dual study programs
• 6 Bachelor and 3 Master programs
(level 6 and 7 of NQF), usually 15-30
students per academic year and study
program admitted
• Alternating periods of theory and
practice
• Cooperation with middle/large
companies
Dual study programs
• Disciplines: Technical
studies/engineering/informatics,
business administration and health
care
• Assessment: Project work +
documentation, reflection, portfolio,
oral and written exams, essays, case
studies
• Quality control by Agency for Quality
Assurance and Accreditation Austria
Lower-Level
Apprenticeships in Austria
2016:106.950 people
were employed in lower-
level apprenticeships
Apprenticeship: Legal Aspects covered by 3 Ministries
Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of LabourVarious VET providers
NGOs
Networks of Companies
Complex Structure  Slow Change
Starting the Apprenticeship
How to get the permit to work in a profession?
At the End of the Apprenticeship: Final Exam “Lehrabschlussprüfung”
Popular Professions in Lower-Level
Apprenticeships
For male apprentices: Metal engineering, electrical
engineering, motor vehicle technology, retail trade,
plumbing and fitting, bricklayer, carpenter, cook,
mechatronics, information technology.
For female apprentices: Retail trade, office clerk, hair stylist,
cook, waitress, pharmaceutical assistance, administration
assistance, hotel assistance, metal engineering, pastry chef.
Improving the
Austrian
Apprenticeship
System
• Increasing the number of apprenticeships
• Decreasing the number of job descriptions
• Supporting attractiveness of professions
• Modernizing assessment systems
• Reducing the complexity of the system
• Connecting to higher level degrees
Thank you for you
attention!
Danube University Krems: Department for Interactive
Media and Educational Technologies @imb_duk,
https://www.donau-uni.ac.at/de/department/imb/
• Peter Baumgartner, @pbaumgartner
• Isabell Grundschober, @isabellgru
Senat der Wirtschaft: Senat of Economy,
http://www.senat-oesterreich.at/
• Robert Frasch, robert.frasch@lehrlingspower.at
All pictures from pixabay.com licensed under CCO Creative Commons

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The Apprenticeship System in Austria

  • 1. Apprenticeships in AustriaA National Report for the EU Project ApprEnt
  • 2. • University for continuing education: Master-programs, short-cycle programs • 8.862 students in 2016/2017 • Average student is 40 years old • practice-based, competence- based teaching and learning • Work-study-programs, sometimes combined with professional licence Danube University Krems
  • 3. • Independent network of companies • „Mittelstands-Allianz“: SMEs • lehrlingspower.at: Supporting apprenticeships Senate of Economy
  • 4. Apprenticeship- System in Austria Lower-level apprenticeships (NQF Level 4-6) “Lehre”: Permit to a profession (Level 4) “Meister”: Permit to start a company in a regulated profession and to train apprentices (Level 6) Higher-level “apprenticeships” (NQF level 6-7) Source: Chamber of Commerce (2017): NQR - Nationaler Qualifikationsrahmen, retrieved from https://news.wko.at/news/oesterreich/NQR---Nationaler-Qualifikationsrahmen.html, 10th of November
  • 5. Apprenticeships in Austrian Higher Education • Dual-study programs: Came up in the last 2 years, provided in 7 HEIs • Work-study-programs: Lectures on weekends, blended learning • Continuing educations study programs: Validation of prior learning for admission possible, lectures on weekends/blended learning
  • 6. Providers of Dual Study Programs 1. IMC Fachhochschule Krems 2. Paracelsus Medizinische Privatuniversität 3. FH Joanneum 4. FH Vorarlberg 5. FH St. Pölten 6. FH Oberösterreich 7. FH Technikum Wien
  • 7. Dual study programs • 6 Bachelor and 3 Master programs (level 6 and 7 of NQF), usually 15-30 students per academic year and study program admitted • Alternating periods of theory and practice • Cooperation with middle/large companies
  • 8. Dual study programs • Disciplines: Technical studies/engineering/informatics, business administration and health care • Assessment: Project work + documentation, reflection, portfolio, oral and written exams, essays, case studies • Quality control by Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria
  • 9. Lower-Level Apprenticeships in Austria 2016:106.950 people were employed in lower- level apprenticeships
  • 10. Apprenticeship: Legal Aspects covered by 3 Ministries Chamber of Commerce Chamber of LabourVarious VET providers NGOs Networks of Companies
  • 11. Complex Structure  Slow Change
  • 13. How to get the permit to work in a profession?
  • 14. At the End of the Apprenticeship: Final Exam “Lehrabschlussprüfung”
  • 15. Popular Professions in Lower-Level Apprenticeships For male apprentices: Metal engineering, electrical engineering, motor vehicle technology, retail trade, plumbing and fitting, bricklayer, carpenter, cook, mechatronics, information technology. For female apprentices: Retail trade, office clerk, hair stylist, cook, waitress, pharmaceutical assistance, administration assistance, hotel assistance, metal engineering, pastry chef.
  • 16. Improving the Austrian Apprenticeship System • Increasing the number of apprenticeships • Decreasing the number of job descriptions • Supporting attractiveness of professions • Modernizing assessment systems • Reducing the complexity of the system • Connecting to higher level degrees
  • 17. Thank you for you attention! Danube University Krems: Department for Interactive Media and Educational Technologies @imb_duk, https://www.donau-uni.ac.at/de/department/imb/ • Peter Baumgartner, @pbaumgartner • Isabell Grundschober, @isabellgru Senat der Wirtschaft: Senat of Economy, http://www.senat-oesterreich.at/ • Robert Frasch, robert.frasch@lehrlingspower.at All pictures from pixabay.com licensed under CCO Creative Commons