Apprenticeship / Dual system or full time education
Certain professional trades in commerce and in the service sector, in handicrafts, industry, hospitality and in agriculture, can be learned via the traditional apprenticeship route. Training lasts three or four years depending on the profession and ends with the final apprenticeship examination.
You can become an apprentice if you:
- are between 15 and 24
- and, if you are not yet 18, you have passed the middle school final examination.
Apprenticeship training is carried out in two places of learning: at the firm offering the training and at the vocational school. On-the-job training takes up around 80% of the time. You will be supported by a trainer in the training firm, whilst the rest of the time will be spent at the vocational school.
The following professions in the forestry and wood sector are open to you if you have passed your final apprenticeship examination
After four years of apprenticeship: roofer, figure painter, wood sculptor, wood carver, joiner/cabinetmaker, decorating sculptor, carpenter
Occupational specialising apprenticeship: restorer of furniture and wooden objects
High schools prepare young people for a successful life in society, in their studies and in the work place. In addition to imparting a solid base of general knowledge, they teach linguistic, artistic, technical or pedagogical subjects specific to the type of school and they maintain contacts with extracurricular partners.
High schools in South Tyrol are divided into grammar schools and technical colleges. Education in each case lasts five years and ends with the state final examination (matura). After high school, school leavers enter the world of work or start their university studies. Together with the ten state vocational schools and the eight state technical colleges, high schools make up the upper stage of schooling in South Tyrol.
The technical colleges offering training in the forestry and wood sector are:
Fachoberschule für Landwirtschaft und Wirtschaftsfachoberschule in Auer
Realgymnasium Bozen und Fachoberschule für Bauwesen "Peter Anich" in Bozen
Technical colleges for forestry and agriculture:
Fachschule für Land- und Hauswirtschaft 'Mair am Hof' in Dietenheim
Fachschule für Land- und Hauswirtschaft 'Salern' in Vahrn/Salern
Fachschule für Landwirtschaft 'Fürstenburg' und Hauswirtschaft 'Kortsch'
Vocational bachelor degree in wood engineering
This new vocational training bachelor degree in wood engineering at the Fee University of Bozen-Bolzano, which took its first students in September 2018, will teach vocationally relevant interdisciplinary skills for work in the field of the processing and treatment wood with a particular focus on production processes, process optimisation, development as well as management at the technical and administrative level.