This article looks at trade and technical schools as a possible venue where academic and vocational education are interlinked. In this case, permeability between vocational and academic training applies both ways. A pilot project in Saxony-Anhalt is focusing on permeability from academic education to VET. Two trade and technical schools are experimenting with the admission of higher education dropouts. The University of Magdeburg is conducting evaluation research and providing guidance to all project participants.