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GKD offers a wide range of job opportunities for trainees and apprentices after completion of their training

GKD trains more young people than it actually needs, yet still offers committed employees good development opportunities after completion of their training. Every year, a large number of trainees are offered permanent employment contracts. Indeed, 61 former technical trainees are currently employed as qualified members of staff at the company. 42 former commercial trainees hold positions as specialists and managers in Administration, Sales and Engineering. Internally funded qualification measures that lead to further vocational qualifications are the best prerequisite for a career at GKD. Training starts each year in August or September. Those wishing to apply will need to have completed their school education (10B/HH/’Abitur’) with average to good grades in their school-leaving certificates. In addition to this, GKD also offers a dual study program.

Industrial business management assistant (m/f)


Industrial business management assistant (m/f) (also as dual study program). Within our companies, Industrial Business Management Assistants handle commercial and business-related tasks in departments including Sales and Marketing, HR, Finance and Accounting.

Core duties:

  • Administration, planning, and cost estimating of commercial tasks within a company
  • Drawing up quotes
  • Personnel organization and payroll accounting
  • Customer advice and support, sales
  • Cost and performance monitoring, bookkeeping

Final examination at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Training period: 3 years
Training venues: training company (office), vocational school

Digitalization management officer (m/f)

Digitalization management officers procure and manage information and telecommunications systems. They determine user requirements, plan and draw up application solutions, and also advise and train users. In addition to this, they secure the cost-effectiveness and customer/user-oriented organization of projects.

Core duties:

  • Analysis of business processes with regard to the use of IT systems
  • Consultation on the options for using IT systems
  • Planning, implementation and control of IT projects
  • Development of requirements profiles and functional specifications
  • Determination of the IT requirements
  • Procurement and introduction of new IT systems
  • Creation and implementation of application solutions under consideration of technical and economic aspects
  • Administration of IT systems (network administration, database administration)
  • Provision of advice and training for users
  • Programming of application tools

Final examination at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Training period: 3 years, although a shorter training period is possible in certain cases
Training venues: training company (office), vocational school


Industrial mechanic (m/f) (also as dual study program)

Industrial mechanics produce, set up or rework components and assemblies for machines and production equipment. They optimize and monitor manufacturing processes, and are responsible for repair and maintenance work.

Core duties:

  • Planning and manufacturing tools and machine parts made of metal
  • Assembling, repairing and maintaining devices, machines and installations
  • Drafting and interpreting specifications and drawings
  • Planning, steering and receiving operational procedures

Final examination at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Training period: 3.5 years
Training venues: training company (office), vocational school

Electronics engineer (m/f), specializing in industrial engineering

Electronics engineers specializing in industrial engineering install, maintain, and repair electrical operating, production and processing systems – ranging from switchgear and control systems, through power supply plants, to communication and lighting technology equipment.

Core duties:

  • Assembling and installing operating equipment and systems used for power engineering
  • Measuring and testing measurement and control equipment
  • Commissioning operating equipment and power installations
  • Maintaining power distribution, lighting, messaging/signaling, control and drive systems

Final examination at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Training period: 3.5 years
Training venues: training company (workshop/production)


Machine and equipment operator for textile technology (m/f)

Machine and equipment operators for textile technology that specialize in weaving operate and maintain looms for producing woven technical fabrics, e.g. in our metal and plastics weaving operations.

Core duties:

  • Operating, maintaining, converting and setting up the looms
  • Quality control
  • Presenting and determining woven designs, as well as applying design specifications
  • Checking the raw material used for the weaving process
  • Producing and certifying woven fabrics

Final examination at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Training period: 2-3 years
2-year training: qualification as machine and system operator; assuming good performance and interest, advanced level training can be taken
1-year training: qualification as production engineer
Training venues: training company (workshop/production), vocational school


Dual study program - combining theory and practice

Integration of theory and practice: Study and vocational training in the company alternate at regular intervals in dual study. Many Universities of Applied Science also refer to dual study programs in the MINT disciplines (mathematics, information technology, natural sciences and technology) as “cooperative engineer training”. The dual study program is also offered by traditional universities. Prerequisites: A dual study program requires a general higher education entrance qualification or subject-related / advanced technical college certificate. In addition, prospective students must apply to companies and sign a training, work placement or employment contract before they can enroll at the college or university for the dual study program. Key features of dual study programs

  • Dual qualification: Vocational qualification in a recognized vocational career and a degree
  • Alternation between theory and practice during the course of study
  • Cooperation agreement between university and company/organization
  • Remuneration by the company

Benefits for students

  • In dual study, the theory can immediately be put into practice
  • Shorter training time, as study and vocational training are completed in parallel
  • Getting to know operational processes early on
  • Generally, a secure job once training is complete
  • Training pay during study, and in some cases the company will also cover tuition fees


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