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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.


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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 Chambers of Commerce, the Industrie- und Handelskammer (IHKs). 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 Chamber of Trade, Handwerkskammer (HWK), is your point of contact for further education. You can find the relevant Chamber of Trade here.

The Employment Agency, Agentur für Arbeit, 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.


The best known providers of further education are the Adult Education Centres,Volkshochschulen (vhs). 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 (0)6151 8710
E-Mail: info@darmstadt.ihk.de
Website: https://www.darmstadt.ihk.de/
We speak: German, English
Costs: Partly fee-based

The Frankfurt am Main Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) supports companies and (prospective) skilled workers. We provide advice on all aspects of vocational training and further education, and on the recognition of professional qualifications from abroad.
The Frankfurt am Main Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) offers impartial advice and support for every scenario in a company. For example, we support companies wishing to hire skilled workers (from abroad), on questions regarding labour law, among other things. We are also the right contact regarding vocational training and further education to give employees additional qualifications. In addition, we are the first point of contact for (potential) skilled workers on getting off to a good start in the world of work. We provide, for example, information on having professional qualifications from abroad recognized and advise on opportunities for vocational training and further education.

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

Phone: +49 (0)69 2197 0
E-Mail: info@frankfurt-main.ihk.de
Website: https://www.frankfurt-main.ihk.de/english/
We speak: German

District / Cities: District Fulda
Heinrichstraße 8
36037 Fulda

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

The Gießen-Friedberg Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) represents the economic interests of the business community in the districts of Gießen, Vogelsberg and Wetterau. In addition, we support our corporate members (approximately 45,000) by carrying out legally assigned tasks as well as offering a comprehensive range of services. We see ourselves as an organization that focuses on business participation. In the future, along with our corporate members, we would like to grow stronger by: “Joining in together. Making a difference together. Winning together”. Around 1,800 volunteers already follow this motto and participate in our IHK committees. Together we can accomplish more for each individual.

District / Cities: District Gießen
Lonystr. 7
35390 Gießen

Phone: +49 (0)641 7954 0
E-Mail: zentrale@giessen-friedberg.ihk.de
Website: https://www.giessen-friedberg.ihk.de/service/english2016
We speak: German, English
Costs: Partly fee-based

The Offenbach am Main Chamber of Industry and Commerce is part of the network of 79 Chambers of Industry and Commerce in Germany, as well as a member of the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad. It represents 40,000 corporate members in the region of Offenbach. With 70 highly qualified employees, it is the relevant contact for its corporate members on questions related to economic and business development, as well as for local and regional policies.

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

Phone: + 49 (0)69 8207 0
E-Mail: service@offenbach.ihk.de
Website: https://www.offenbach.ihk.de
We speak: German
Costs: Partly fee-based

The Limburg Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) is a self-governing economic institution. It brings together all of the business people in the region, with the exception of craftsmen. Its task is to support its registered corporate members and to safeguard the common interests of all sectors of the economy. Additionally, as a public institution, the IHK has a sovereign function and is also self-governing. Therefore, the IHK does not have any individual interests and is guaranteed to be objective. The district of the IHK Limburg includes the district Limburg-Weilburg.

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

Phone: +49 (0)6431 210130
E-Mail: m.hahn@limburg.ihk.de
Website: https://www.ihk-limburg.de
We speak: German, English
Costs: Partly fee-based

Recognition of professional qualifications from abroad;
Advice and support to applicants from Rheinhessen for the IHK FOSA's (Foreign Skills Approval) equivalence assessment process for dual training schemes, as well as for further education qualifications in the fields of industry, commerce, gastronomy and services.
Welcome Centre:
Central point of contact guiding both Rheinhessen-based companies as well as skilled workers from abroad. The IHK Welcome Centre for Rheinhessen advises companies on the recruitment and integration of international skilled workers and managers, and supports skilled workers from abroad in their new job.

District / Cities: City Mainz
Schillerplatz 7
55116 Mainz

Phone: +49 (0)6131 262 1707
E-Mail: ute.lachmayer@rheinhessen.ihk24.de
Website: https://www.rheinhessen.ihk24.de/en
We speak: German, English
Costs: Free of charge

District / Cities: City Wiesbaden
Wilhelmstraße 24-26
65183 Wiesbaden

Phone: +49 (0)611 1500 0
E-Mail: info@wiesbaden.ihk.de
Website: https://www.ihk-wiesbaden.de/s/ueber-uns/die-ihk-wiesbaden/international/chamber-of-commerce-and-industry-wiesbaden
We speak: German

The Adult Education Centre in the District of Darmstadt-Dieburg 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, various creative and movement courses, guided tours and lectures on political and health topics, and basic education 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 (0) 6151 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 includes courses in the areas of society, culture, health, languages, work and basic education, as well as other options.
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 71501
E-Mail: vhs@frankfurt.de
Website: https://vhs.frankfurt.de
We speak: German
Costs: Partly fee-based

The Adult Education Centre of the District of Gießen is a place for education and social interaction.
There you can
learn different languages,
participate in professional development,
experience culture and 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 (0)641 9390 5700
E-Mail: kvhs.giessen@lkgi.de
Website: https://www.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 support 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.
Specific target groups are also catered for (e.g. children and teenagers, active senior citizens, skilled workers in the educational field and volunteers).
In addition, the courses for learning German are officially 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
67547 Worms

Phone: +49 (0)62541 853 4256
E-Mail: vhs@worms.de
Website: https://www.vhs-worms.de/
We speak: German, English, Italian
Costs: Partly fee-based