Change of Apprenticeship – The best approach

It happens again and again that trainees have serious doubts about their decision after a few weeks or months in the company. There can be many reasons for this – and there are some that should not be taken lightly. Here you can find out when a change of training place actually makes sense and what you should bear in mind.

Reasonable reasons for changing training places

Dispute with a colleague or a rebuke from the boss are certainly no reasons to change jobs or even to pursue a different career. However, there are certain conditions under which it is appropriate to consider a change of job:

When change is necessary

If you don’t learn enough or feel underchallenged or if you notice that the training is overstraining you.

If you are sexually harassed by someone in the company.

Payment moral
If you are expected to work unpaid overtime and/or your salary is late or not paid at all.

If nobody feels “responsible” for you or you are not properly trained.

Working atmosphere
If you feel uncomfortable in the company or are even bullied.

Help activities
If you are used above average for simple help activities such as making coffee or cleaning bathrooms.

Change of Apprenticeship - The best approach

First think, then act

Before you drop out of your training out of desperation, a job change is of course the better alternative. But there are also obstacles you should be aware of. For example, you will not only have to give your new trainer a plausible justification for the change , but also all personnel managers with whom you will present yourself in the future. For this reason a discussion with the superior should stand in the first place. A tip: In order to protect yourself against any legal disputes, it can be useful to submit the concerns expressed here again in writing.

If your decision for a change is still known after the conversation, proceed carefully: It is not enough to know that you do not want to continue your current education. Instead, think about what your alternatives look like – and whether you only want to change the company or at the same time to another profession.

To the new training place in 5 steps: This is the best way to proceed

1. Protect first, then cancel.

Make sure you have your new apprenticeship place before informing your current employer about your plans. Be sure to formulate your wish for a new training company or a new occupation in a factual and professional manner. In addition, you should find out whether your new trainer will take over the training you have already completed.

2. Legally secure termination of training place

The ideal solution is a termination agreement in which both parties waive the continuation of the training contract. The only other way is a termination without notice on the part of the trainee, which in the worst case could result in a claim for damages on the part of the employer. Terminations without notice are only justified in the case of

  • sexual harassment in the workplace,
  • discrimination/ mobbing,
  • violations of occupational health and safety regulations.

3. Clarify claims

Make sure that your last salary is paid in full, your working papers are complete and both overtime and remaining leave have been calculated correctly. Don’t waive your rights just because you leave the company.

4. Well prepared for your fresh start

Since changing jobs often involves a probationary period, you should prepare well for your new job and its contents. Here it can be helpful to use reference books and learning materials: At you will find a wide range of practical learning aids and examination assignments for all sectors that can help you to deepen your knowledge even further.

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