Apprenticeship contract

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The apprenticeship contract should prepare for qualified professional activities and convey the necessary competencies (knowledge, skills and key qualifications). The term apprenticeship contract is common in Austria and Switzerland , in Germany a vocational training contract is concluded instead .


In Austria the apprenticeship is in accordance with § 12 BAG by entry of the apprentice due to the specialized training and use, and regulated by the teaching contract with the instructor. According to Section 171 of the Austrian Civil Code (ABGB) , a minor child of age can undertake to provide services independently by contract, with the exception of services based on an apprenticeship or other training contract. The conclusion of an apprenticeship contract for an underage apprentice requires the consent of his legal representative (Section 12 (1) sentence 3 BAG).


Apprenticeship contract from 1928, Canton of Zurich

The apprenticeship contract is a special individual employment contract . It is regulated in Art. 344 ff. OR and is concluded between the employer and the student . According to Art. 8 of the Ordinance on Vocational Training issued on the basis of the Vocational Training Act, a form provided by the cantons should be used for apprenticeship contracts throughout Switzerland.

The apprenticeship contract includes a. the following information:

Three copies of the contract are to be issued. One goes to the responsible cantonal authority, one to the training company and one to the apprentice. Three or four parties have to sign:

  • Training company
  • apprentice
  • Legal representatives (if underage or under guardianship)
  • Cantonal authority

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Federal Act of March 26, 1969 on the Vocational Training of Apprentices (Vocational Training Act - BAG) RIS , accessed on December 21, 2017
  2. Ordinance on vocational training (Vocational Training Ordinance, BBV) of November 19, 2003 (as of January 1, 2017)