Apprentices spend about 30-60% of their time in companies (sociální partneři školy) and the rest in formal education.Depending on the profession, they may work for two to three days a week in the company and then spend two or three days at a vocational school.
Apprenticeships with a length of 2 years are for persons with weaker school results.
About 40 percent of all Austrian teenagers enter apprenticeship training upon completion of compulsory education (at age 15). The five most popular trades are: Retail Salesperson (5,000 people complete this apprenticeship per year), Clerk (3,500 / year), Car Mechanic (2,000 / year), Hairdresser (1,700 / year), Cook (1,600 / year).
The Apprenticeship Leave Certificate provides the apprentice with access to two different vocational careers.
In addition to a safety net, Group Training Organisations (GTO) have other benefits such as additional support for both the Host employer and the trainee/apprentice through an industry consultant who visits regularly to make sure that the trainee/apprentice are fulfilling their work and training obligations with their Host employer.
There is the additional benefit of the trainee/apprentice being employed by the GTO reducing the Payroll/Superannuation and other legislative requirements on the Host employer who pays as invoiced per agreement.
This is done with the aid of aptitude tests, tips, and information on 'how to retain an apprentice or apprenticeship'.