Apprenticeships in the USA

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

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 supports solution-driven, German-style apprenticeship programs such as the ICATT Apprenticeship Program. This program attracts more young people to manufacturing and other high-tech careers and creates significantly higher and longer retention rates with each company as a result of closer company contact. Certified according to German DIHK standards, programs are also 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 complete 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) offers training according to German standards with a focus on complex technologies in manufacturing and logistics.

Since 2014, approximately 60 international companies have joined the ICATT network.

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.

Our next MAT² Train the Trainer Seminar will take place September 30 - October 3, 2019. This workshop gives trainers the practical skills they need to pass on their knowledge to apprentices in the most effective way possible. 100% of trainers who have attended in the past would recommend it to their coworkers! View the flyer here.

More information about MAT² can be found at




The GACCs Apprenticeships Newsletter

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 apprenticeship newsletter here.