Fewer and fewer trainees
The number of students continues to rise. As a result, fewer and fewer young people are opting for an apprenticeship. This is clearly noticeable when looking for an apprenticeship: Ten years ago, there were 20 applications for one position, but today there are less than half that number. The reason for this is that more and more students are obtaining a general higher education entrance qualification and then going on to study. While 26% of students earned a high school diploma in 2002, 39% will have done so by 2021. The university degree has long been mistakenly perceived as "better" because it is supposedly associated with better-paying jobs and better career opportunities. In addition, there have been some social dynamics that have caused a decline in interest in traditional vocational education. For example, concerns that apprenticeships are less valued or more monotonous than academic occupations. All of these are simplistic assumptions that every trainer and job fair quickly disproves.