Information for Parents, Teachers & Professional Advisors
Your child is interested in training in nursing. Do you need more information and answers to your questions?
Here is a summary of the most important information:
Duration of training / duration of study:
- The (generalist) nursing training lasts 3 years. Some schools also offer part-time training. This training then lasts up to 5 years. More information on generalist nursing training can be found HERE
- The course lasts 8 semesters (= 4 years), one semester is abroad. You can find more information about the course HERE
- The Training in Social Care (HEP) lasts 3 years. You can find more information about HEP training HERE
- The Training as a nursing assistant lasts 2 years. You can find more information on nursing assistant training HERE
Earnings during training:
The earnings depend on the type of training:
- The (Generalist) Nursing Training: Here the salary is regulated during the training. The earnings are approximately:
- in the 1st year - 1100 Euro gross per month
- in the 2nd year - 1150 Euro gross per month
- in the 3rd year - 1250 Euro gross per month
- Nursing Training: This is a degree at the university. Students pay semester fees and receive no salary from the university. However, it is planned that the students will receive money from the nursing homes for the 13 practical assignments.
- Training as a nursing assistant: This is school-based training with several assignments in nursing companies. There is usually no salary here.
- Training for social care: there are big differences depending on the school and practice. Sometimes the school costs money, but very often there is a salary for practice. The school and the company provide information about it.
Financial support options:
- during the training there is the possibility to get financial support through vocational training allowance (BAB). Sometimes there is extra housing allowance if the trainee does not live with the parents during the training. More information about the BAB can be found HERE
- support from BAföG is possible during your studies. You can find information on BAföG:
Children's money entitlement:
- the family fund can continue to pay the child benefit if the trainee is under the age of 25. You have to make an application. More information can be found HERE
Healthcare and Nursing Insurance
- during the training, the trainee is no longer insured through the family insurance. From the start of the training, the trainee has two weeks to insure himself. If the trainee earns more than € 325 a month, he/she has to pay a share for health, nursing, pension and unemployment insurance. If the salary is lower, only the training institution pays the contributions.
- during the studies, the student can sometimes be included in the family insurance for free. More information can be found HERE
Earnings after training:
Earnings depend on the type of training. It is also dependent on the company in which you are employed. Here are examples of how much you can earn:
- with the completion of nursing assistance: between € 1,500 - € 2,400 gross / month
- with the qualification nursing specialist woman / man or curative education nurse: between 2,400 € - 3,800 € gross / month
- with the Bachelor's degree (after graduation): between € 2,600 - € 5,000 gross / month
Opportunities in the job market
- the career prospects for apprentices in nursing professions are very good at the moment and will continue to improve in the future.
- the population structure in Germany is changing. On the one hand, there are more and more old people who need care. On the other hand, there are not enough qualified nursing staff
The requirements for admission depend on the type of training. Information about the requirements ...
- …for generalistic nursing training you can find them HERE
- …for your studies HERE
- ... for training in Social Care (HEP) they can be found HERE
- ... for training as a nursing assistant you can find them HERE
Working hours and shift work:
The training is divided into school and professional practice.
- The school part usually takes place in several school weeks at a time. This is called block tuition. The trainees are at school for 2 to 8 weeks. On a school day, you usually have 8 school hours of 45 minutes. School times are often from around 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- The trainees do not go into practice during the school weeks. The weekends are free.
Professional practice (in the company):
- during the training, the trainees work in 3 shifts (early shift, late shift, night shift), also on weekends. The trainees often work every other weekend.
- the shifts differ depending on the company. The following times are general examples:
- in the early shift you usually work 8 hours (8.5 hours with a break). The working hours are often between 6:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
- in the late shift, you usually work 8 hours (8.5 hours with a break). Working hours are often between around 12:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
- depending on the company, the night shift works between 8 and 10 hours. Working hours are often between 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
- special conditions under the Youth Protection Act apply to trainees under the age of 18. The training company provides information about this.
- mostly the trainees only work in the night shifts in the second half of the training.
- Many apprentices like to work in different shifts because, for example:
- are at home early on the early shift and have a lot of the day. (This is especially nice in summer).
- you can sleep in during the late shift. (So you can go out when you are on weekend work, or you can do things in the morning when shops and practices are not so crowded.
- it is possible to work more quietly during the night shift and you often have several days off after the night shift. During these days off, you can do something or travel without taking vacation days.