Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) is the leading apprenticeship program for manufacturers and companies with complex administration processes. It is the largest program fully benchmarked on the German Dual Education System – an approach recognized globally for its combination of company-specific knowledge, theory, and hands-on learning – resulting in highly-trained and flexible employees. The ICATT Apprenticeship Program is a joint program of the German American Apprenticeship & Education Foundation and the German American Chambers of Commerce.


The aim of the foundation is to support the creation and expansion of high-quality apprenticeship pathways and related education in the United States. Apprenticeship is a proven equitable solution providing a pathway to careers for all, especially enabling youth, veterans, and diverse populations to benefit from high-paying and fulfilling career opportunities without taking on debt often associated with higher education.

Leveraging knowledge gained from experience with apprenticeships in Germany, the foundation is dedicated to supporting their expansion in the United States and fostering opportunities for exchanging knowhow between stakeholders in both countries to further educational opportunities related to apprenticeship. The foundation supports a variety of initiatives to enable the growth of apprenticeships and related educational pathways including providing knowhow and resources to educational institutions, intermediaries, non-profits, government bodies, companies, individuals, and other stakeholders, also through its flagship program, the ICATT Apprenticeship Program.


The ICATT Apprenticeship Program was originally developed by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest and its member companies. GACC Midwest supports German and American companies in transatlantic business. As part of this mission, GACC Midwest supports companies implementing the ICATT Apprenticeship Program as they seek to develop and retain a loyal, highly-skilled, and technically advanced workforce in the United States.

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest


The GACC South promotes and supports bilateral trade between Germany and the U.S. With the headquarter in Atlanta, Georgia, the GACC South serves eleven Southern states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.


The ICATT Apprenticeship Program is supported by several organizations including the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Education Initiative.

Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Education Initiative


ICATT was appointed as apprenticeship ambassador by the US department of labor.