Industrial Clerk (m/f/d)

Your Start in This Vocational Training

Your first step in the BÜFA world begins with a  "getting acquainted weekend". Before you actually start your training, you will get to meet the other apprentices and your training supervisor who will be your personal contact throughout the entire duration of your vocational training and who will always have an open ear for you.

At a relaxed get-together, BÜFA employees will give you initial insights into your new world of work which saves you having to jump into the deep end by yourself.

Your Tasks and Activities

During the 3 years of your apprenticeship to become an Industrial Clerk, you will go through the following areas:

  • Purchasing
  • Sales
  • Materials management
  • Production and shipping
  • Personnel
  • Finance and controlling

You will purchase goods, monitor production processes, process customer orders, determine material consumption in production, take care of applicant management and do bookkeeping.

The Course of Your Vocational Training

1st year of training

In your so-called home department you will specialise in the respective task area. Right from the beginning, work is carried out on the principle of "learning by doing". You will be accepted by all colleagues and will be given responsibility right away.

2nd year of training

You will go through the different business areas so that you can learn the spectrum of tasks that fall under "your tasks and activities", for example, to learn bookkeeping and personnel management you will work in the BÜFA Holding in Oldenburg.

3rd year of training

You will return to your home department to deepen your knowledge of your main activities. Towards the end of the third year you will also prepare for your final examination.

Soft Skills and Prerequisites

Vocational training for this requires at least a good secondary school certificate with good grades in mathematics and German. You should also have the following soft skills: 

  • Good ability to express yourself (writing/verbal)
  • Good spelling proficiency
  • Numeracy and EDP skills
  • Knowledge of a foreign language
  • Capacity for teamwork and willingness to learn

Additional Qualification European Industrial Clerk

With this additional qualification you can considerably improve your chances on the labour market as well as your  career opportunities. The newly achieved special knowledge in the field of international  business processes opens new fields of activity and, at the same time, saves a lot of time because this qualification can be achieved during vocational training. 

The following areas must be covered in the course of achieving this additional qualification:

  • Communication and correspondence in English with a KMK Certificate or a BEC Certificate (at least B1 level)
  • Communication and correspondence in a second foreign language, e.g. Spanish, Russian, Dutch or French with, e.g. a DELE Certificate (at least A1 level)
  • European Computer Driving License with an ECDL Certificate
  • International business processes with an IHK Certificate and the contents of learning fields 1 and 2
  • International internship for at least 3 weeks

The learning fields contain the following subjects:

Learning field 1: Positioning a product on a foreign market

  • Fundamentals of international trade
  • Development and significance of international marketing
  • International market research
  • Objectives and strategies of international marketing
  • Marketing-mix and controlling in international marketing

Learning field 2: Initiating, processing and evaluating  foreign orders

  • Initiation of business
  • UN convention on contracts
  • Delivery conditions
  • Terms of payment
  • Foreign trade cost accounting
  • Documentation of  carriage of goods
  • Foreign trade law
  • Customs
  • Foreign payment transactions


This additional qualification takes two years and begins at the beginning of the school year. Schooling takes place parallel to normal vocational training.

This additional qualification is preferably for high-achieving apprentices.

Industrial Clerk  vocational training is offered at the following sites, however, your application must be made centrally.

Vocational school classes are held at the BBS Haarentor. During the 1st year of training, you will attend classes two days a week. In the 2nd and 3rd year of training, attendance is just once a week.

Vocational school classes as well as the classes for additional qualification are held at the BBS Haarentor.

Your Post-Training Prospects

If you pass your final exam with a score of 3 or better, you will normally be offered an employment contract for at least 6 months. However, even before this, all apprentices can apply for internal vacancies. And if you have then found the job of your dreams, that’s when things really get going - BÜFA offers their employees numerous and very individual  opportunities to further their qualifications  and education. From extra-occupational studies all the way to specialisation in a certain subject area, anything is possible ... because our employees are the real capital and heart of our company.

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