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Questions about joining the company as a school leaver? You will find the answers here.

So that there are no unanswered questions about your apprenticeship, cooperative studies or internship at MAHLE and your application. In addition, our contact partners gladly stand ready to assist you as well.


When can I apply for an apprenticeship?

Ideally, you should apply a least one year before the program begins. Usually, the application process starts on August 1st of each year. Please check your selected job posting to see if the application period has started.

When does the apprenticeship begin?

The starting date of the apprenticeship is based on the end of summer vacation for schools in the particular state in Germany.

For which occupations does MAHLE provide training?

MAHLE provides training for both technical and commercial occupations. We have provided a description of the individual occupations for you in the section "Apprenticeship->Opportunities." You will find specific job descriptions in our latest job-opportunity announcements.

How long does an apprenticeship last at MAHLE?

In Germany, an apprenticeship generally lasts between two years and three-and-one-half years. The length of the program depends on a number of factors, including type of occupation, your school-leaving certificate and your individual performance. You can find the exact length of your dream position at "Apprenticeship->Opportunities."

Can I shorten the apprenticeship?

Yes. You can profit from a reduced training period in many occupations if you have performed well, combined with your average grade at the vocational school and the company’s approval.

What will I earn during the apprenticeship?

Apprentices’ pay is based on the latest collective-bargaining agreement. Your contact partner can provide additional information.

Does the company have any other training options during the apprenticeship?

MAHLE offers all of its apprentices an array of further-training courses. Among other things, you will have the opportunity to regularly attend computer training sessions, health courses and test preparation events. You can learn more at "Apprenticeship -> Trainings and Qualification activities."

Are these training programs based on the German Vocational Training Act?

Yes. The apprenticeship occupations being offered are recognized by the German Vocational Training Act.

What does a good application for an apprenticeship position include?

Your application should contain the following documents:

  • A cover letter in which you tell us something about yourself and discuss why you would like to begin an apprenticeship
  • A resume in table form in which you describe what interests you have outside school
  • A copy of your last three report cards
  • Certificates from internships and training courses (i.e., language and computer courses)

How is the selection process for apprenticeships conducted?

Our selection process begins with a careful review of your application documents. If we like what we see, we will conduct occupation-specific screening tests and invite you to a job interview.

How important are my grades?

We put great emphasis on your personality. Nonetheless, your grades also are a criterion we use in pre-selecting suitable candidates.

I haven't received my diploma yet. Can I provide it later?

Yes. You can provide your diploma at any time.

What questions can I expect to answer during the job interview?

Typical questions can include:

  • Why would you like to learn this occupation?
  • Why would you like to have an apprenticeship at MAHLE?
  • What interests you in particular about MAHLE?
  • What were your favorite subjects in school?
  • How can you best apply your special skills in your desired occupation?
  • What are your career plans?

How can I prepare for the screening test and the job interview?

There are a number of resources you can turn to. Here are a few of them:

  • Guides to job interview
  • The German Occupational Information Center (Berufsinformationszentrum der Arbeitsagenturen) run by the German Employment Agency
  • The German Institute for Vocational Education and Training (Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung)
  • Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Industrie- und Handelskammern)
  • Information on the Internet

Will MAHLE offer me other benefits besides the apprentice's pay?

Yes. In addition to your pay, you will receive individual advanced training opportunities at MAHLE. Sometimes, it will even be possible to earn a degree at a university of applied science at the same time. We will also help you with transportation costs.

What type of support will I receive during the apprenticeship?

The support will be provided by the trainer in the functional area where you are working.

How will the courses at the vocational school be organized?

The training courses will combine instruction held for a particular period of time and instruction on certain days of the week.

What are my chances of receiving a full-time job at MAHLE after the apprenticeship?

Because our apprenticeship program is based on the company’s needs, your chances of receiving a full-time job following your apprenticeship are very good.

Does MAHLE offer internships to secondary-school students?

One-week internships for secondary-school students are offered by several locations as part of occupational orientation programs held at college-preparatory high schools, intermediate secondary schools and general secondary schools and organized by the German state. These internships can be in a commercial area, the training workshop or a technical section. The secondary-school students will then learn together with apprentices in the training workshop or in various functional areas and can get to see firsthand what an apprenticeship or a university education is all about. Please apply by sending a cover letter and resume.