If your professional qualifications are not enough for you to work in your studied profession, a vocational further education course may be the right thing for you. It may also be a good idea if your vocational training or degree was completed a long time ago and you would like to refresh or expand your professional skills and knowledge.
- In Germany there are many educational institutions offering classes and courses for further education. These include Adult Education Centres (Volkshochschulen), Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Industrie- und Handelskammer), training institutes (Bildungswerke) or even private institutions. Individual classes like these will give you the specialist knowledge you need for a certain profession and allow you to take additional certificates.
- Further education can also take the form of distance learning. This means you don't study together with other participants in the same place, but do most of the further education from home. That makes it much more flexible in terms of time. Communication with the teachers is usually via e-mail. You are usually given study tasks that must be done within a certain period.
- If you are registered as a job-seeker, you should ask the Federal Employment Agency or the Job Centre about whether you can participate in some form of further education. In certain situations you may be given a training voucher.
You can find suitable classes via the search engine of the respective training provider.