Searching for living space for Trainees

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

HAMBURGER Abendblatt from 11.08.2017 by Ulrich Gassdorf

With the first accommodation in Marienthal booked out. The first residence only for trainees in Hamburg is valid nationwide as a flagship facility.  In order to get a picture of the interior, Andrea Nahles (SPD) visited the premises on the Hammerstraße on Thursday. “This is a nationwide project that makes exactly the right offers for the needs of trainees,” said Nahles. A week earlier, Social Senator Melanie Leonhard (SPD) was also visiting to congratulate the one-year anniversary.

“We’ve had more than 2700 applicants for the 156 rooms,” said Patrick Fronczek, Managing Director of Stiftung Azubiwerk, who is the owner of the dormitory. “We are currently fully occupied and are looking for real estate in order to build more dormitories.” In Hamburg there are about 36,000 people in dual company training, “Therefore there is an urgent need for affordable housing for this target group. We agree with politics, “said Fronczek. But the implementation is not easy: the goal of the foundation is to create a total of 1000 dormitory places at six locations in Hamburg by 2022. Up till now, however, Fronczek and his co-workers were only able to secure an area at Helmsweg in Harburg. There should be from 2018/2019 around 190 new places created there.

In addition to the 156 rooms in Azubiwerk, approximately 300 other places, for example, are available for trainees in the dormitories of the Studentenwerk at the Kiwitsmoor and on Rahlstedter Street, according to the social authority. Trainees can also rent in the so-called Smartments, i.e. modern furnished apartments at the Hühnerposten(nightclub), but for 495 euros including additional costs per month. Azubiwerk is considerably cheaper: a room in a quadruple apartment costs around 350 euro per month, including additional costs and free Wi-Fi. The special feature of Azubiwerk is also that there are also minor trainees who can live there. This is a first in Hamburg, according to Fronczek. This is possible because a pedagogical support is offered there.

Support – albeit not in the form of land – is given to the Azubiwerk Foundation by Senator Leonhard: “I am pleased that Azubiwerk has been so well received in its first year,” she said. SPD MEP Hansjörg Schmidt also said: “The high demand makes it clear that we in Hamburg need more dormitories for trainees. There must be much more space for the trainees.”

The Chamber of Commerce also advocates a wider range of services: “The Hamburg economy is also dependent on trainees from the countryside, but they can only work here if they are also offered affordable housing – and that is unfortunately in short supply in the Hanseatic city, “said Vice-President André Mücke the evening paper.

The CDU makes it clear: “If the red-green Senate does not manage to identify suitable vacant areas for dormitories, it is necessary to think creatively. This includes the construction of Apartments over the train tracks, as decided by Parliament, “said the Member of Parliament Carsten Ovens.


In the meantime, the Azubiwerk Foundation could soon be expanding into other cities. According to Abendblatt-Information, there may be talks for locations in Frankfurt and Munich.