Country Context - Austria

Policy Statement

Current and former challenges on the apprenticeship system and VET are discribed, approaches and initiatives towards solutions are mentioned in this section.

Economic Context

This section explains the political system of Austria. You will find information on the different institutions and their responsibilities. Furthermore, the social environment is described, which entails an account of the cultural background of the countries.

Apprenticeship System

The apprenticeship system in Austria has a long history and is broadly accepted. The image of VET and the dual system is quite good:  A total of three quarters of Austrian students are either in a school-based VET programme or in a dual track programme.

Education System and VET System

In this section, you will find an overview of the organisations of the education system and the VET system in Austria. The various pathways that learners can take are outlined. This entails a characterisation of the compulsory and optional school forms and the corresponding certificates, as well as a description of the university system. Furthermore, the VET system is portrayed with special attention on accessibility of VET and options for further qualifications.

Recent Developments

This section summarises relevant developments of the past five years. Apart from changes in VET statistics and according legislation, this covers political and demographic changes, as well as prevailing issues such as increasing refugee migration.

Country Report

The Country Report contains a synthesis of the main characteristics and framework conditions of the Austrian dual apprenticeship system.