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The vocational training organisation of the German Confederation of Trade Unions

Berufsfortbildungswerk des DGBThe vocational training organisation of the German Confederation of Trade Unions (Berufsfortbildungswerk des DGB) is one of the largest non-profit educational institutions in Germany. Since 50 years the organisation acts as successful service provider in vocational further education in almost every branch and vocational field.

The strength of bfw besides the multifaceted learning opportunities is the regional presence. In round 200 educational establishments the bfw offers individual and demand-oriented vocational training concepts.

The Competence Centre EUROPE (CCE) of bfw, which is located in Heidelberg, is staff unit for development and implementation of new products and services and has therefore the function of a research and development unit.

Furthermore the CCE acts in-house as contact partner for all questions concerning European collaboration and consults single branch offices in practice of European vocational training and funding acquisition.

Services of CCE

The CCE consults external customers (e.g. trade unions, organisations, public institutions and authorities) concerning current objectives in the European social and labour politics:

  • vocational further education
  • (re-)integration of disadvantaged people in the labour market
  • vocational mobility
  • European funding politics / centre of fundings

In addition the CCE takes on the attendance of a project from the first idea to the succeeded implementation of the intention. It offers professional project management and project monitoring, particularly for reasons of public funding and administration.

The CCE works actively in several European cooperation-networks of vocational education and communicates contacts to educational institutions in European countries and to the associated states of middle and east Europe.


Berufsbildungswerk Gemeinnützige Bildungseinrichtung des DGB GmbH - Competence Center EUROPA
Karl Viktor Gärtner
Im Neuenheimer Feld 582
69120 Heidelberg
t: 0049 (0) 6221 50 257 40
f: 0049 (0) 6221 50 257 44

last updated: 06/05/08Impressum