Affordable living space for Trainees

Written by Wolfgang Nacken on November 7, 2017. Posted in Press

Hamburger Wirtschaft from 16.09.2016 by Janine Thomas


At the start of the new training year, the Azubiwerk foundation – with the support of the Chamber of Commerce – opened a dormitory specifically for minor apprentices.


In Hamburg, High above the rooftops of Wandsbeks there is something to celebrate. The smell of grilling is in the air. David Trenkhorst has a stimulating conversation with his parents. He has travelled to the inauguration of the trainee dormitory. He will not move in until a few days later when he starts his training as a flight equipment mechanic at Lufthansa Technik.

David was lucky: he was able to get a room in a 4 bedroom apartment. The supervisors of Azubiwerk considered his location and of course his age: At the age of 17, a commute from Sottrum located in the district of Rotenburg in Lower Saxony to Hamburg is simply not reasonable.

Jennifer Piotrowicz has lived in the apprentice residence for 14 days. Her room in the two-room apartment costs around 350 euros.

For the past year she has been part of Deutsche Bahn’s “Chance Plus” vocational training program; in September she began her training as a specialist in the hospitality industry. Her room has everything the 19-year-old needs: a bed, a desk, a wardrobe and a shelf for personal belongings. Pictures of friends and family have already found their place. The kitchen and bathroom are shared by Jennifer with her roommate; Community areas on the ground and Top floors offer plenty of space for communal activities.

“The roof terrace is the most beautiful part. In good weather you have a wonderful view of Wandsbek, “says Jennifer. David added:” In the dorm there is a lot of emphasis on self-determination and participation. I look forward to finally taking my life in my own hands. ”

The roof terrace is now full of people ethusiastic about the first day in Azubiwerk, admiring the view and the freshly-laid herb garden.

Every guest at the opening ceremony has been provided with a small plant decorated with their name to plant in the herb garden. The basil, parsley and chives are symbols of good will towards the young people who are now beginning their professional life.