The training to become an IT specialist takes three years. The first year of the apprenticeship can be omitted if you have the appropriate previous training. If you have good marks at vocational school and a positive assessment in the company where you are training, the training period may be shortened by a further six months.
At the University of Bremen, apprentices receive a training allowance of 936.82 € in their 1st year of training. In the 2nd apprenticeship year the salary increases to 990,96 € and in the 3rd apprenticeship year there is 1040,61 €. [Source: TdL-Online]
All trainees must keep a report booklet from day one. It serves as proof of training and is required by the “Berufsbildungsgesetz” (BBiG) as a prerequisite for admission to the final examination.
The final examination is taken before the “Handelskammer Bremen”. The final examination includes a written test, which is identical throughout Germany. The journeyman's examination also includes the preparation of a final project including documentation. A 15-minute lecture on this project must be given before an examination board of at least three members, followed by a survey (also 15 minutes). And after that you are a sought-after skilled worker!
There are two specializations in the training of IT specialists: system integration and application development. Both are trained in the vocational school in separate classes in block instruction. One block lasts one week. The trainees then spend two weeks in the company.