Training as a management assistant for digitization management

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What does a management assistant in digitization management do at the University of Kassel?

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IT solutions development

As a management assistant for digitization management, you will work on optimizing existing IT systems and equip the University of Kassel with the latest hardware and software. You also develop the concepts for new systems that make the University of Kassel more economical and efficient. You also work a lot at the operational level.


When the University of Kassel receives new software or hardware, you, as a digitization management assistant, instruct the employees and familiarize them with the new system. Digitization management assistants are also on hand to help with general PC problems, such as installing drivers or updates.


In the area of controlling, digital management clerks take care of finances and control expenditures. To do this, they create statistics and presentations that provide a good overview of the finances.

IT security & Data protection

The topic of data protection is playing an increasingly important role. Digitization management specialists ensure compliance with regulations and check IT security measures.

Contract design

The design and drafting of contracts of all kinds is also part of the diverse range of tasks performed by digitalization management specialists. They make information and knowledge available and manage the digitization of business processes at the operational level.

When does the training as a management assistant for digitization management start at the University of Kassel and where does it take place?

Training begins on August 15 of each year and takes place at the IT Service Center at Holländischer Platz at the University of Kassel.
The theoretical training takes place at the Martin Luther King School in Kassel.

At the time you start training, you should have an intermediate school leaving certificate (Realschulabschluss). Your grades in mathematics, German and English should be at least "satisfactory" or better on your school-leaving certificate. In addition, an interest in commercial and economic contexts as well as an interest in data processing, especially hardware and network technology, are good prerequisites for success in the training program. Good analytical and conceptual skills, the ability to think logically and in a structured manner, a sense of responsibility and initiative are also advantageous in digitization management.


The working time is 40 hours per week. The employees of the IT Service Center, and thus also the trainees, participate in flexitime, i.e. you can determine the start and end of your individual daily working time yourself within the framework of the applicable pre- and post-flexitime and the applicable core working time. Note, however, that it makes sense for you to be present when your trainer is also on site.

The training is dual and lasts three years. You will spend one half of your vocational training at the University of Kassel and the other half at the Martin Luther King School in Kassel.

The entire training can basically be divided into two parts. On the one hand, so-called occupational profile skills are taught. These are very concrete knowledge and skills such as measures for data protection or the development of IT solutions. On the other hand, "integrative" skills are taught. These are, for example, specialized knowledge of collective bargaining law or occupational health and safety. In addition to the usual intermediate and final exams, a company project is also part of the training. There you can show what you have learned.

In addition to accounting and controlling, the curriculum includes market and customer relations as well as IT system support. You will also learn about collective bargaining and contract law. As with all new IT professions, the topics of data protection and IT security also play a major role in the lessons at the vocational school.

In the first year of training, you will learn how to integrate clients into networks, how to set up workstations correctly (which programs do the company's employees need and where can they be found?) and how to handle data and the appropriate software correctly.

In the second year of training, you will learn how to analyze service issues, how to correctly record customer orders and how to understand the procurement process for software, hardware and services, including the drafting of contracts.

In the 3rd year of training, the commercial area goes into detail. You will learn how to carry out operational cost and performance accounting and how to keep a company economically on track. Data collection and processing are also part of the curriculum, as is the transfer of knowledge about digital development opportunities in your own company.

A monthly training allowance is paid in accordance with Section 8 (1) of the Collective Agreement for Trainees of the State of Hesse (TVA-H BBiG). This currently amounts to

  • 1,126.85 EUR in the 1st year of training
  • 1,181.43 EUR in the 2nd year of training
  • 1,231.51 EUR in the 3rd year of training

Number genius: There's no way around numbers. Math doesn't have to be your absolute favorite subject, but you should definitely have a strong understanding of numbers.

Analyst:Do you like to question things and deal with problems in detail in order to find efficient solutions? Great, because you'll definitely need good analytical skills.

Organizational talent: With so many different areas of activity and so many different tasks, it's easy to lose track of everything. So you definitely need organizational skills and good multitasking abilities.

Leon, apprentice for digitalization management at the University of Kassel in an interview

What do you deal with in your training?
First, I'm taught the basics of IT. Then this basic knowledge is deepened with commercial aspects. You get an insight into the basics of programming and are also allowed to lend a hand when it comes to installing and wiring new servers.

Why did you decide to do an apprenticeship and specifically this one?
At the beginning of Corona I was missing the contact to other people within my studies, which is why I wanted to do an apprenticeship in a team. A friend of mine, who has been working at the University of Kassel for years, made me aware of this apprenticeship. Since I have always had a great interest in technology and progress, and dealing with numbers is one of my strengths, I decided to train as a digitalization management assistant.

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Interview with Leon

What else would you like to pass on to others?

Digitalization management assistant is a newly established training occupation that offers a lot of exciting content. It combines IT with commercial aspects and you can actively help shape digitization. The alternation between the company and vocational school is a pleasant change.

Application period

Unfortunately, the current application deadline has passed.

Ask yourself beforehand if you ...

  • have no problem with numbers.
  • always have a good overview.
  • are open to IT systems.

Or whether ...

  • you quickly take to your heels when problems arise.
  • you don't enjoy customer contact.
  • logical thinking is rather difficult for you.