School students

From your last day at school to the first day of a great career

You’ve nearly made it: Your school days are almost behind you, and you’ll soon be celebrating your graduation. That’s when things will really get started! If you dream of a future career that involves exciting and rewarding responsibilities, fantastic colleagues, and great prospects, why not come talk to us at thyssenkrupp?

Even before you apply for an apprenticeship, you can gain fascinating insights into one of the world’s largest technology groups by completing an internship or taking part in our initiatives for high-school students. Launch your career with us by applying for an apprenticeship or an integrated degree program; these are just two examples of the many options open to you.

If you’d prefer to leave nothing to chance when preparing your application, use our application tips and our tips for getting started with us.


We offer more than 50 types of apprenticeships. Each of these provides our trainees with sound, practice-oriented training. The Group currently employs more than 3,000 trainees in Germany. In 2015 alone, thyssenkrupp opened two new apprenticeship centers. Trainees receive training at more than 30 workshops and 54 factory schools. Around 130 trainers ensure that thyssenkrupp trainees receive top-quality training. 


Most of our trainees stay with our company after they’ve completed their training. They can then choose from a wide range of in-service continuing education options that will help them prepare for future exciting responsibilities in our company.

Occupations requiring training

Whether you opt for a technical or a business-oriented career, one thing is certain: at thyssenkrupp you’ll get your working life off to a fantastic start – a start that will stand you in good stead far into the future. In the search results you’ll find the apprenticeships on offer as well as links to the home pages of the companies offering them. This is where you can find contact details. Please note that not all positions are offered year-round, so please check on the job board whether your desired position is currently available.

The most important facts at a glance

What we expect from you:

If you have a good high-school (i.e. the equivalent of the German Hauptschule, Realschule, or Gymnasium) diploma coupled with an interest in technology and science, you already fulfill the most important requirements for the majority of the apprenticeships we offer.

What you can expect:

During the basic training phase, you’ll learn about, understand, and use the necessary tools, machines, and equipment. This will be followed by comprehensive practice-oriented specialist training, which will give you insights into our company’s various divisions. This practical training is supported by a range of courses focusing on specific topics. 

Your prospects after you complete your apprenticeship:

Your apprenticeship will prepare you to work in a wide range of fields within our company. You’ll be at the start of an interesting career path that will offer you attractive opportunities for promotion thanks to our many further training options. 

Want to find our more?

If so, please visit the website of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency) for information on your apprenticeship. Alternatively, you can get in touch with your point of contact in your desired company. They’ll be happy to inform you about the length of your apprenticeship, the field of work, and much more.


What we expect from you:

A good high-school (i.e. the equivalent of the German Realschule or Gymnasium) diploma coupled with an interest in business themes will open the doors to an attractive apprenticeship.

What you can expect:

In many cases, you’ll begin your business-oriented apprenticeship by learning about operations in our technical apprenticeship workshops. You’ll learn a lot of valuable information about the materials and processes that are used in our plants. After that, you’ll complete specialist training in which you’ll develop extensive knowledge of subjects such as materials management, human resources, administration, finance and accounting, and national and international sales. It goes without saying that over the course of your apprenticeship, you’ll work with state-of-the-art office technology and learn about top-level business processes. 

Your prospects after you complete your apprenticeship:

A business-oriented apprenticeship at thyssenkrupp enables you to enter a multifaceted professional field that will qualify you to work in a diverse range of areas once you’ve completed the apprenticeship. What’s more, you can take advantage of numerous individual further training programs, which will give you good opportunities for promotion

Want to find out more?  

If so, please visit the website of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency) for information on your apprenticeship. Alternatively, you can get in touch with your point of contact in your desired company. They’ll be happy to inform you about the length of your apprenticeship, the field of work, and much more.


Integrated degree program

An apprenticeship and a degree in one? This represents a challenging but very exciting opportunity. The thyssenkrupp integrated degree program, which is available for both technical and business-oriented fields, offers you just such an opportunity. Our partners are mostly technical universities and universities of cooperative education. The Group offers two main models:

  • A combination of apprenticeship and degree studies. This will lead to two qualifications: a state-recognized apprenticeship qualification and an academic degree.
  • Degree studies at a university of cooperative education combined with extended practical phases in companies. This generally leads to one qualification such as a BA.

The advantage for you is that between the theoretical phases of your studies, you’ll complete practical phases that are firmly integrated into your curriculum. These practical phases will allow you to apply what you’ve learned in real life and to extend your knowledge. You’ll be part of the team and involved in operational processes right from the start.

Please note that the listed positions are not offered year-round. You’ll find all current vacancies on our job board.


An internship gives you fascinating insights into the world of thyssenkrupp. A school student internship enables you to experience one of our many professional fields for one to three weeks. This will give you an early opportunity to learn about what knowledge and skills will be important in your future career and to try out your own personal interests and talents in practice.

If you’d like to make your first foray into the working world, please send your application to your desired Group company at least five to six months before you wish to begin your internship. And who knows? Perhaps you’ll be laying the foundation for a future apprenticeship or integrated degree program. When you’re preparing your application, please note that school student internships are allocated and supervised by our subsidiaries themselves. As thyssenkrupp AG will not process unsolicited applications, please send your application directly to our subsidiaries.

Application tips

You’ve already found your perfect apprenticeship and the right location. Now only one more thing stands between you and your goal: a successful application. Here we’ll tell you how the application process works and what you need to watch out for

Tips for getting started with us

For both you and us, the start of your apprenticeship is an important time. If you’re not too intimidated by your new environment and keep to the following tips, you’ll have no problem settling in. Here are our five golden rules for newbies:

Theory can often be a bit gray. We run special practical programs that bring a little color to the school day. These programs give individual students and whole classes insights into the fascinating world of the metal industry

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