Wiesbadener Jugendwerkstatt gGmbh

Tijdens de paasvakantie heeft Michele van Beirs, onze Erasmus-coordinator, een gesprek gevoerd met de leiding van de WJW in Wiesbaden (opleidingsbedrijf voor kansarme mensen). Twee van onze leerlingen gaan een stage bij de WJW volgen binnen het kader van het Erasmus+ project.

Hieronder een verslag van het gesprek. (Engels)

In conversation with Dr. Sabina Zieglg√§nsberger, authorized signatory and head of trainings and measures management, about apprenticeships and training opportunities for young people and long-term unemployed citizens at the ‚ÄúWiesbadener Jugendwerkstatt gGmbh‚ÄĚ in Wiesbaden.


Dr. Sabina Zieglgänsberger
Dr. Sabina Zieglgänsberger

Dr. Zieglgänsgerber, thank you for offering two of our students a place for their vocational training in Wiesbaden at the WJW.

Question: Dr. Zieglgänsberger, how many young people are following a vocational training at the WJW and what are the goals of your organization?

Answer: We have about 300 young people between 16 and 24 years of age on apprenticeship, about 60 instructors and 190 employees.

As an organization we offer the practical part of the dual-oriented apprenticeship which is typical for Germanys occupational education system. The apprentices work 3,5 days per week in our workshops to gain practical experience and the remaining 1,5 days per week they attend theoretical lessons at the vocational schools in Wiesbaden.

The Wiesbadener Jugendwerkstatt gGmbH is a non-profit organization of the city of Wiesbaden. The object and purpose of the organization is the professional integration and reintegration of unemployed people or those threatened by potential unemployment.

One important aspect in our work is the integration of different professional skills given the multitude of different types of occupations we cover. For example, our apprentices designed, built and organized our new Tearoom called ¨Café Bohne¨ entirely themselves addressing all required skills and competence learned in the respective vocational education. By performing this as a team, all participants took part in this cross-fertilization of knowledge and experiences.

Question: In how many and in which professions does the WJW offer apprenticeships?

Answer: We offer 25 apprenticeships in the areas of administration, green professions such as gardening or horse management, sales, skilled trades such as painting or metalworking and food and catering professions.

Question: Which city authorities do you work with?

Answer: We work together with the Wiesbaden job center and the youth welfare office by supporting long term unemployed people through special client-centered trainings and by offering young people new occupational perspectives.

Question: Would you consider the possibility for our students of other professions to come here at the WJW for a vocational training in future?

By this I mean: our caterers, our painters and decorators, our vendors.

Answer: We would have to ask the instructors first because we have to consider the fact of possible language barriers. If the instructors consider this possible, then there is nothing to put against it.


Thank you.

Michèle Van Beirs

Erasmus coordinator

SBSO Ter Zee