Germany has over 400 universities and universities of applied sciences (UAS). Almost 70,000 engineers and over 67,000 mathematicians and natural scientists graduated in 2011, with tendency to rise.
Through a combination of on- and off-the-job training in Germany’s so-called dual education system, hiring and training costs are reduced (especially for skilled craftsmen and technicians) and recruitment risks minimized. Vocational colleges closely cooperate with 470,000 companies in Germany, ensuring that education always meets specific industry needs.
Highly flexible working practices such as fixed-term contracts, shift systems, and 24/7 operating permits contribute to enhance Germany’s international competitiveness as a suitable investment location for internationally active businesses.