Apprenticeships in the USA

GACC Midwest supports companies in the US as well as international businesses with the introduction and organization of German-style apprenticeship programs in the US.

An investment in the future that benefits all

The German apprenticeship system is regarded as one of Germany's most successful exports. As a recipe for success in industry and trade, it is recognized globally for its combination of company-specific knowledge, theory, and hands-on learning. The German apprenticeship system results in highly-trained employees that position companies to embrace technical advances, keep pace with market demands, and harness growth opportunities.

GACC Midwest implements solution-driven, German-style apprenticeship programs such as the ICATT Apprenticeship Program and MAT2 Apprenticeship Program. These programs attract young people to manufacturing and other high-tech careers and increase retention rates significantly for Network Companies as a result of a close training partnership. Certified according to German DIHK standards, GACC Midwest Apprenticeship Programs are embedded in the system of the US Department of Labor. 

From consulting to program management to quality assurance for German-style apprenticeship programs, GACC Midwest offers turnkey solutions for building your pipeline of sustainable talent.

How we can assist you

Advantages of Dual Training

The manufacturing industry in particular is currently facing challenges such as:

  • the loss of skilled workers due to retirements (baby boomer generation)
  • structural problems in the education system (study debts, low attractiveness of careers in manufacturing)
  • a high degree of flexibility in the US labor market

This contributes to the fact that the duration of employment of trained specialists in companies is much shorter compared to Germany: employees in the USA are much quicker prepared to change jobs.

Our Services

Our services include consulting, organization and quality assurance for apprenticeship programs according to German standards.

  • Program Development & Management
  • Train the Trainer Courses & AdA-International Certification
  • DIHK certification of new and existing programs
  • Advice regarding new in-house programs
  • Preparation and execution of IHK examinations

The ICATT Apprenticeship Program

The Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) is a joint program between GACC Midwest and the German American Apprenticeship & Education Foundation. The ICATT Apprenticeship Program offers training according to German standards with a focus on complex technologies in manufacturing and logistics, as well as business apprenticeships.

More information can be found at

The Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program (MAT²)

The Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program (MAT2) is an industry-driven approach to apprenticeships for mechatronics, CNC, technical product design, and IT. GACC Midwest supports the MI Talent Investment Agency with the management of MAT2.

More information about MAT² can be found at



The GACC Apprenticeship Update

Our monthly newsletter provides essential updates on the ICATT Apprenticeship Program, the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT²) Program, apprenticeship program expansions in the US, upcoming events, job openings, and more. Read the latest issue for all things apprenticeships! Subscribe to the GACC Apprenticeship Update here.