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All positions advertised on our career pages are current. The job descriptions are only removed once the positions have been filled.

All data provided to BASF is handled strictly in accordance with German data protection legislation. All candidate information obtained via our online application system, is treated in the strictest confidence and is used exclusively for application purposes.

You will receive more information on the BASF travel cost guidelines when you are invited to an interview or a screening test.

You will receive more information on the BASF travel cost guidelines when you are invited to an interview or a screening test.

We cannot unfortunately offer you credits for completing your first training program. You can apply here for a training program at BASF.


We can reimburse costs for a 2nd class train ticket from your place of residence to BASF (this does not apply to applicants who live within the same transport system). If you cannot travel with public transport for reasons of time or local circumstances, we reimburse a kilometer allowance for every traveled kilometer. If you are living abroad, costs incurred within Germany can be reimbursed.

We can cover up to 50 € of a hotel stay incl. breakfast (this does not apply to applicants who live within the same transport system). You will receive a list of available accommodations with your invitation.  The hotel bill must include your name for us to accept the costs for a overnight stay in a hotel.

Once you have taken part in your screening test/selection procedure, please send the completed reimbursement form and all receipts to the address stated on the invitation.

We recommend sending an online application. You can find a list of all available training programs here.

You can either e-mail or post us your complete application documents. We will ask you for your e-mail address.

You can update your application documents at any time using our online application system. You can log in using the login details you have received.

We prefer applications to be sent to our online application system and by e-mail. We scan applications received in hard copy and upload them, together with e-mail applications, onto our online application system. Please note that it takes longer to process a hardcopy application or an e-mail application.

All applications are processed irrespective of when they were received. When applying for a training program position or a joint work/study program, please prioritize your wishes when completing your application form (which you can find here). You can change your priorities at any time.

You are welcome to apply to several locations or for different positions.

Yes, data already registered in our online application system can be used for further applications. If you no longer have your access data, you can request a new password here.  

As soon as you have applied for a position, you will be immediately sent confirmation that we have received your application. If you apply online, please note that by clicking "Send application", you will effectively complete your application.

You can find more information on which documents are required for pupils here.

You can interrupt your application at any time. Your draft will be saved in your profile. As long as you do not click "Send application", you can complete your application at a later date provided that the position is still vacant.

If you have given us your e-mail address, we prefer to send all correspondence by e-mail.

The application deadlines vary for the individual postings. Generally speaking, trainee positions are advertised 6-12 months prior to the start of the training program. You can apply to a position as long as it is still advertised.

You can see the current status of your application at any time in your online application profile.

Several BASF employees are involved in the application process and process your application which means we cannot name one specific contact. Please address your cover letter with "Dear Sir or Madam".

For data privacy reasons, we ask for your understanding in that we cannot process one application for several positions.

If you cannot take part in a screening test/selection interview, please contact our application hotline as soon as possible to arrange a new date, if possible.

No, BASF will register you for the vocational school on your behalf.

The length of the stay abroad and the location will be discussed during the course with the students. You will receive more detailed information during the selection process at the respective location.

All training programs start on 01.09 - with the exception of the catering and hotel management courses at the LUWOGE in Albersweiler (St.Johann). The start of the joint work/study programs varies. The postings for the specific programs provide more information.

BASF is responsible for registering students at the university and cover the tuition fees for joint work/study courses.

For international school qualifications, BASF usually requires original copies of accredited school certificates, accredited translations (officially certified and sworn translators) and official recognitions.
We recommend that you contact the Central Office for Foreign Education (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen - ZAB)

Some locations offer support when searching for accommodation. Please ask for more details at the selection process.

Unfortunately we cannot offer you a position in the middle of a training program. You can however apply for a training program in our company to begin a new training program in the first year of training. Our career pages provide all the information on the application process and all the training programs BASF offers.

We offer a wide range of joint work/study programs. Our career pages provide all the information on the application process and all the study programs BASF offers.

Please ask for more information on payment at the respective locations.

The commitment to employ trainees after completion of their training depends on BASF's long-term personnel requirements. Corporate management and the Works Council have defined criteria outlining their policy on offering permanent positions at BASF SE. Anyone who exhibits the necessary skills and achieves the required grades over the entire training program period at all three locations (vocational school or university, central and company training) is usually offered a permanent position at BASF.   Regular feedback from instructors keep apprentices continually informed of their current and individual performance and enable them to manage their individual chances of securing a permanent job at BASF after their training. Apprentices are also notified in good time whether they will be offered a permanent position and can thus plan well ahead.

Unfortunately we cannot check your full suitability for our training programs on the telephone or online as we conduct a screening test and a follow-up personal selection process that can only be carried out on site.
This is why it is important to apply as soon as possible before your travels and notify us exactly of when you will be away.

You can download the application form from our career pages. Please print out the application form and send it back to us completed and signed either by post or add a scanned copy of it to your profile.  

The BASF Training Verbund will usually offer you a training program close to your place of residence. The screening tests for the BASF Training Verbund are usually held in Ludwigshafen, Germany. However, this does not mean that you will be later based in Ludwigshafen. More information on the BASF Training Verbund can be found on our career pages.

Please consult our career pages to find out which documents you require to complete an application.  

Apply as soon as possible as we start selecting suitable candidates one year prior to the start of the training programs. And the earlier you apply, the better your chances are!

Unfortunately we do not offer part-time training programs at BASF.

More detailed information on the selection process can be found here.