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School Students and Trainees

Experiments, internships, and vocational training

Training and support for young people has always been a priority for Jülich. Since its foundation, Jülich has trained more than 4,500 young people. With respect to vocational training programmes, Forschungszentrum Jülich is outstandingly successful and is an important partner with a well-established network in the region. There are numerous options for students at secondary schools to gain insights into the working world, for example through work experience placements and visits to the JuLab Schools Laboratory. All these measures are made available within the framework of Jülich’s programme for supporting young talent under the name of juelich_tracks.

More on support for young talent at Jülich and juelich_tracks (in German)

Vocational training

Forschungszentrum Jülich currently offers vocational training in 26 occupations, primarily in the areas of science, business management, and technology. Training takes between two and three-and-a-half years, depending on the programme. The theory is taught at vocational schools in Jülich, Stolberg, Aachen, and Düren.

In addition to standard training components, Forschungszentrum Jülich also conveys additional subject-specific knowledge and know-how for each of the occupations in which it provides training. The training curriculum includes overarching elements, such as in the area of quality management.

In order to give trainees a successful start in the working world, Forschungszentrum Jülich offers those who complete their training employment for a period of three or six months – depending on their examination results. This enables them to inform themselves on the job market and apply for suitable positions – including vacancies at Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Further information on vocational training at Jülich

Further information on vocational training at Jülich, the requirements and application procedure, and the training programme is available from the Vocational Training Centre of Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Current vacancies for trainees (in German)
Training in skilled occupations (in German)
Application procedure

Dual study programmes

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Together with neighbouring universities, Forschungszentrum Jülich offers dual study programmes in science, business management, and technology. These dual study programmes combine thorough vocational training at Jülich, for example as a mathematical-technical software developer (MATSE), with a bachelor’s degree from a university of applied science, such as a Bachelor of Science in Scientific Programming.

Six dual-study programmes are currently offered by Forschungszentrum Jülich. Their duration and programme vary depending on the university course.

Further information on the programmes (in German)

Work experience and placements

Forschungszentrum Jülich offers the opportunity to gain insights into the working world in the research context while at the same time fulfilling formal requirements of their schools or universities.
Work experience and placements are possible in all areas of Forschungszentrum Jülich: in the scientific institutes as well as the technical and administrative infrastructure.

Whether students receive remuneration depends on the type of work experience or placement, its duration and scope, and the individual projects worked on during the stay at Jülich. As a general principle, those who stay less than four weeks will not be remunerated.

Work experience and placements – what are the options?

  • Work experience for school students from secondary schools
  • Placements for school leavers deciding on a university course
  • Introductory and specialized placements for up to half a year for science students
  • Placements for participants in retraining courses supported by the Federal Employment Agency

Further information and contacts for work experience and placements at Jülich:
Vocational Training Centre of Forschungszentrum Jülich (P-Z)

One-day and holiday courses at the JuLab Schools Laboratory

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The foundation for an interest in scientific and technical subjects is laid in childhood. Jülich’s programme for supporting young talent therefore starts at this early stage. Activities for children and adolescents are combined by Forschungszentrum Jülich under the name of juelich_impulse.

More on support for young talent at Jülich and juelich_impulse (in German)

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School students can carry out experiments on different topics at the JuLab Schools Laboratory and familiarize themselves with the fundamental principles of scientific work in a hands-on approach. JuLab offers one-day courses in scientific subjects for school groups from classes 4–13 at all regular types of school. In addition, children can participate in (Grand)Parent and Child Days together with their parents or grandparents. These are aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 10.

JuLab Schools Laboratory (in German)