Training staff involved in the vocational training of young people are constantly confronted with new requirements. Nevertheless, it is difficult to persuade trainers to take part in training if the programmes on offer do not deal directly with professional and occupation-related issues. Such a circumstance was also revealed during the piloting of a training scheme developed by the Office for Transitions to Training and Work (“überaus”) to look at the demands which may emerge when providing training to refugees. This article traces the acquisition process and asks which starting points training providers can use in order to increase willingness to take part in vocational pedagogy training programmes. It becomes clear that personal contacts have a major part to play in this process.