Despite the current shortage of labour and a high number of vacant training places, many young people find it difficult to make the transition from school to fully qualifying training. This mainly affects young people without or with only a basic school leaving certificate. For this reason, they are more likely to find themselves in education and training courses within the transitional sector. Although there are already research results relating to the life situation of these young people, virtually no empirical findings are available in respect of the teaching that takes place in education and training courses in the transitional sector. This applies in particular to lesson planning, the topic addressed in this article. The results of a qualitative survey of teaching staff are presented.