Between Apartment life and working shifts: Hamburgs apprentice residence arrives

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

FOCUS from 15.09.2016

Roof terrace, cinema room, built in kitchen – in Hamburg’s first residence for trainees, young people not only find reasonably priced living space, but also pedagogical support and the chance to make new friends easily in a strange city. The apprentices seem to like the concept.


“I really wanted to get a place and was glad when the confirmation came,” says Aaron Schürmann. The 18-year-old Düsseldorfer has started his apprenticeship as a Hotel Professional at 25hours-Hotel in Hafencity. “No matter whether you work shifts or just want to have a rest. We all take care of each other here, “he says as he presents the apartment, which he shares with his three roommates.


Trainees between the ages of 16 and 27 can apply. “If you come from outside, chances are good. Minors and the trainees of smaller farms are also easily preferred. We want to have a colourful mix, “explains Wolfgang Nape, pedagogical director of the dormitory. Trainees from twelve countries and four continents are currently living here.


The pedagogical approach is unique to the concept of Azubiwerk. Because young people should be cared for as much as possible and at the same time have their own space and time for themselves. “I think it’s cool to stay in a separate apartment, but still have the opportunity to meet new people here,” says the 19-year-old resident of Finja Ohrt of the North Sea island of Pellworm. In order to get in touch with other residents and also to know the city better, the management team offers a variety of leisure activities: Bicycle tours, table football and film evenings or table tennis tournaments are intended to promote socializing within the community.


Fronczek and Nacken looking forward to creating other projects as the number of applicants rise. The contracts for the construction of two residential accommodation buildings have already been signed in Harburg and Steilshoop. “Our goal is to create over 1000 places for trainees by 2022,” says Nacken.

With interest expressed by many other German states it looks possible that the project will expand Southward in future.