Germany’s world-class education system ensures that the highest standards are always met. The German workforce comprises over 41 million people – making it the largest labor pool in the EU. Additionally, companies in Germany benefit from the high levels of education in the workforce: More than 80 percent of the German workforce has received a formal vocational training, is in possession of a trade or technical school certificate or an academic degree.
Germany’s globally renowned dual system of vocational training consists of about 1.3 million apprentices and more than 8,600 vocational schools. In addition, about 2.8 million students are enrolled at one of Germany’s 425 universities. A majority has opted for courses with a technical focus. Germany’s share of university students in the natural sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer sciences, and engineering is the highest in the EU, with 37.5 percent of all German students. According to OECD statistics, Germany has the highest rate of graduates with a doctoral degree in the natural sciences and in engineering.Labour Force in Germany by Vocational Qualification Attained (2017) | © Federal Statistical Office 2019 Share of Scientists and Engineers in the Population (2018) | © Eurostat 2020 You can find this fragment in the following contexts: