Adult education institutes in Hamburg
Would you like to improve your language skills or learn something totally new? Hamburg's education centres offer hundreds of courses you might like. You can find everything from individual classes to education over a longer period of time. Volkshochschule (VHS) is one of the most popular schools for adult education in Germany. Type in the topic you’re looking for (in German) and find the right course for you. The Chamber of Commerce also offers several seminars and courses. www.hkbis.de (German only)
Bildungsurlaub: Educational Holiday
If you're employed, you're entitled to ten extra paid days off every two years (or five days per year) to update your knowledge. This is called 'Bildungsurlaub' (lit. educational holiday). Find more information about rules and regulations here (in German). Please note: your employer is not obliged to pay for the course, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
For people with a low income or those who recently started a new business, several funding options are available.
If you'd like to gain better qualifications in your profession, or you're interested in doing another apprenticeship, Meister-BAföG could be the right funding option for you, check out more information (German only). It's recommendable to arrange a counselling interview with the Chamber of Crafts or the Employment Agency (Arbeitsagentur) in advance.