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Find it in FRM: Further Education

In the FrankfurtRheinMain (FRM) region there are all kinds of further education courses for various target groups. The best one for you depends on what you would like to achieve. Would you like to take a specific career path after your traineeship, or enrich your knowledge through seminars and training courses, or do you need to do a further education course so that your qualifications from abroad will be recognised? Get advice. Below you will find information on some key advisory services and further education providers.

Advice

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In FRM, there are many different institutions offering further education. Therefore it makes sense to get some advice in advance.

One of your main points of contact are the Industrie- und Handelskammern (IHKs), the Chambers of Commerce. The IHK offers advice themselves or will refer you to the right service. Find the relevant IHK for you here.

If you work in a trade, the local Handwerkskammer (HWK), the Chamber of Trade, is your point of contact for further education. You can find the relevant Chamber of Trade here.

The Agentur für Arbeit (Employment Agency) is a good point of contact as well, and they also check whether it is possible to get financial support for further education. You can find your local Employment Agency here. You will find useful information in the brochure "Förderung der beruflichen Weiterbildung" (Support for Professional Development) from the Federal Employment Agency.

The Walter-Kolb-Stiftung e.V. in Frankfurt am Main and in Offenbach offers general advice on all matters relating to the topic of further education. This advisory service also has an office which you can visit without an appointment and free of charge.

If your qualification has only been partially recognized in Germany, IQ Network can provide you with advice. Here you will learn how you can improve your skills and what professional qualifications will help you further. Personal advice is available throughout the FRM region.

Providers

The best known providers of further education are the Volkshochschulen (Adult Education Centres). They offer a wide range of courses and you can also obtain qualifications or officially recognised certificates. Every big town and administrative district has an Adult Education Centre. This means that you can attend a further education course near where you live. Courses often take place in small groups. Since the Adult Education Centres are a public service, the costs are relatively low. However, you will normally have to cover the costs yourself.

You can also attend further education courses at universities and technical colleges. Here the focus is usually on the sciences. These classes are not only for graduates, but are open to everyone. More information is available on the websites of the universities and technical colleges.

In addition, there are many private providers of further education  and the choice is vast. If you choose a private provider, make sure to check whether the provider is officially recognised (certified). This is the only way to ensure that you are getting good quality further education.

Helpful contacts

District / Cities: City Darmstadt
Rheinstraße 89
64295 Darmstadt

Phone: +49 6151 8710
E-Mail: info@darmstadt.ihk.de
Website: https://www.darmstadt.ihk.de/
We speak: German, English
Costs: Partly fee-based

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) Frankfurt am Main supports companies and (future) professionals. We provide advice on all aspects of initial and further training and the recognition of foreign professional qualifications.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) Frankfurt am Main offers neutral advice and support for any company situation. For example, we support companies wishing to hire (foreign) professionals - among other things, for questions on employment law. We are also the right partner for further training and further education of our employees. In addition, we are also the first point of contact for (young) professionals with questions about a successful start to the working-life. For example, we provide information on the recognition of foreign professional qualifications and advise on training and further education opportunities.

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District / Cities: City Frankfurt am Main
Börsenplatz 4
60313 Frankfurt am Main

Phone: +49 69 2197 0
E-Mail: info@frankfurt-main.ihk.de
Website: https://www.frankfurt-main.ihk.de/

District / Cities: District Fulda
Heinrichstraße 8
36037 Fulda

Phone: +49 661 284 0
E-Mail: info@fulda.ihk.de
Website: https://www.ihk-fulda.de/

The IHK Gießen-Friedberg represents the economic interests of the business community in the districts of Gießen, Vogelsberg and Wetterau. In addition, we support our approximately 45,000 member companies by performing legally assigned tasks as well as a comprehensive range of services. We see ourselves as an organization that focuses on business participation. Together with our member companies, we want to become even more involved in the future.
“Join in. Make a difference. Win"". Some 1,800 volunteers already follow this motto and participate in our IHK committees. Together we can achieve more for each individual."

District / Cities: District Gießen
Lonystr. 7
35390 Gießen

Phone: +49 641 7954 0
E-Mail: zentrale@giessen-friedberg.ihk.de
Website: https://www.giessen-friedberg.ihk.de/
We speak: German, English
Costs: Partly fee-based

Whether by phone or in conferences and seminars - The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) gives hints and advice to interested entrepreneurs on starting own business, and answers questions related to the syllabus and prerequisites of vocational training and further education courses. The service is addressed primarily to businesses and individuals that are willing to settle down in the district Main-Kinzig, or are already having their seat here, respectively are already living here. We are pleased to answer questions from all over the region about the seminars and the further education courses of the IHK Hanau-Gelnhausen-Schlüchtern.

District / Cities: District Main-Kinzig
Am Pedro-Jung-Park 14
63450 Hanau

Phone: +49 6181 9290
E-Mail: r.hawly@hanau.ihk.de
Website: https://www.hanau.ihk.de
We speak: German, English
Costs: Fee-based

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Offenbach am Main is part of a network of 79 Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Germany, as well as member of the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad. It represents 40,000 member companies in the region of Offenbach (City and district). Its 70 highly qualified employees make it to a key contact equally for the member companies on questions related to economic promotion and business development, and for the local and regional policy level.

District / Cities: City Offenbach am Main
Frankfurter Straße 90
63067 Offenbach am Main

Phone: + 49 69 8207 0
E-Mail: service@offenbach.ihk.de
Website: http://www.offenbach.ihk.de
Costs: Partly fee-based

The IHK Limburg is a self-administration body of the economic sector in the district Limburg-Weilburg. It brings together all trade persons in the region, excepted for the craft industry. Its main task is to promote member companies and to represent the interests of all sectors of the economy. Additionally, as a public corporation, the IHK fullfils sovereign functions and since it is free of individual interests, its objectivity is guaranteed.

District / Cities: District Limburg-Weilburg
Walderdorffstraße 7
65549 Limburg a. d. Lahn

Phone: +49 6431 210130
E-Mail: m.hahn@limburg.ihk.de
Website: https://www.ihk-limburg.de
We speak: German, English
Costs: Partly fee-based

The Rheinhessen Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) represents companies from the industry, trade and service sector within the Rheinhessen region.Recognition of foreign professional qualifications; Providing consultation and support to applicants from Rheinhessen for the following: The IHK FOSA's (Foreign Skills Approval) equivalence assessment process; for vocational training in the dual system; as well as for further studies in the fields of industry, commerce, gastronomy and services.
Welcome Centre:
Central point of contact with pilot function for both Rheinhessen-based companies and foreign qualified professionals: The IHK Welcome Centre for Rheinhessen advises companies on the recruitment and integration of international qualified professionals and supports newcomers with restarting their career in the region.

District / Cities: City Mainz
Schillerplatz 7
55116 Mainz

Phone: +49 6131 262 1707
E-Mail: ute.lachmayer@rheinhessen.ihk24.de
Website: https://www.rheinhessen.ihk24.de/standortpolitik/Fachkraeftesicherung/IHK-Service-fuer-Ihr-Unternehmen/internationale-fachkraefte/3314144
We speak: German, English
Costs: Free of charge

The Adult Education Centre in the Darmstadt-Dieburg district would like to provide everyone with lifelong learning which is as diverse as possible, close to home and affordable. Their programme is diverse and tailored to the needs of the participants. It includes German and other language courses, vocational training offerings, all kinds of creative and movement courses, guided tours and lectures on political and health topics, and basic education offerings as well as courses for parents and volunteers. As part of the Hessencampus Darmstadt-Dieburg programme, they also offer free educational counselling, especially for migrants.

District / Cities: District Darmstadt-Dieburg
Albinistr. 23
64807 Dieburg

Phone: +49 6071 881 2301
E-Mail: vhs@ladadi.de
Website: https://vhs.ladadi.de/
We speak: German, English
Costs: Partly fee-based

The Volkshochschule Frankfurt am Main (Adult Education Centre Frankfurt am Main) is the largest public further education institution in Hessen. Their programme consists of offers in the areas of society, culture, health, languages, profession and basic education, as well as special offers.
These include courses, seminars, workshops, symposia, guided tours, study tours and exhibitions. The programmes take place in its own venues as well as in schools and classrooms of other organizations. With over 130 full-time employees and more than 1,000 course instructors, the Frankfurt Adult Education Centre organizes around 5,800 events every year.

District / Cities: City Frankfurt am Main
Sonnemannstr. 13
60314 Frankfurt am Main

Phone: +49 69 212 715 01
E-Mail: vhs@frankfurt.de
Website: https://vhs.frankfurt.de
Costs: Partly fee-based

The Adult Education Centre in the Gießen district is a place for education and social interaction.
You can learn different languages, participate in professional development, experience culture, be creative, actively do something for your health or learn about social and political topics.

District / Cities: District Gießen
Kreuzweg 33
vhs-Haus Lich
35423 Lich

Phone: +49 641 9390 5700
E-Mail: kvhs.giessen@lkgi.de
Website: http://vhs-kreis-giessen.de
We speak: German, English, French
Costs: Partly fee-based

The Adult Education Centre in the city of Offenbach is the first point of contact for the local community regarding questions and advice on further education. The courses provide support for work (e.g. foreign languages, IT skills including SAP, communication and rhetoric, and soft skills), promote health (e.g. gymnastics, yoga, massage and preventative measures), and also help your personal development in your free time (e.g. photography, art, pottery, cooking and theatre). In the self-study centre, students can learn using self-study programmes and, in principal, they can also learn how to use digital media.
There are also offerings for specific target groups (e.g. children and teenagers, active senior citizens, skilled workers in the educational field and volunteers).
In addition, the courses for learning German are recognized as integration courses by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

District / Cities: City Offenbach am Main
Berliner Str. 77
63065 Offenbach am Main

Phone: +49 (0) 69 8065 3141
E-Mail: vhs@offenbach.de
Website: https://www.offenbach.de/bildung/vhs/index.php
We speak: German, English, Turkish, Italian, Polish, Russian
Costs: Fee-based

We are a place to go for education and culture, and also just to meet up. We offer intensive courses, weekend training courses, long-term learning groups and lectures on various topics, such as languages, society, culture, health, work and career, and basic education.
Our work is characterised by our highly professional employees. As an examination centre for the recognition of certificates, we are able to issue course participants with proof of acquired knowledge in different fields of learning. We also facilitate access to the job market through professional qualifications and special measures.

District / Cities: City Worms
Willy-Brandt-Ring 5
Neusatzschule
67547 Worms

Phone: +49 62541 853 4250
E-Mail: vhs@worms.de
Website: http://www.vhs-worms.de
We speak: German, English, Italian
Costs: Partly fee-based