Who we are
Over the last 40 years, the building trades training organisation “Bildungszentren des Baugewerbes e.V.” (BZB) has developed into a multi-facetted provider of vocational education services for the construction industry. Our services and activities range from apprenticeships, careers guidance, qualification pathways and advanced professional development courses through to international project work. The BZB is one of the largest training centres of its kind in Germany, with almost 1,000 apprentices and trainees at three principal sites in Krefeld, Wesel and Düsseldorf.
We aim to combine traditional trades with the very latest in best practice, focusing on quality and service in order to provide our students with the skills to cope with both current and future requirements. We are regarded as pioneers in our educational field, consistently embracing proven trends and innovation in our curricula.
All our efforts work towards one overriding goal:
To enhance our position as a leading training services provider for the construction industry, progressive in approach and proactive in attitude.
We deliver vocational training for building trade apprentices to supplement their on-site or in-house training (multi-phase training in the building trades). Applicable professions include bricklayer, concrete and reinforced concrete constructor, carpenter, plasterer, tile, slab and mosaic layer, screed layer, thermal and sound insulation operative, dry wall mason, road constructor and duct builder. We also offer vocational training for roof-laying apprentices (BZB Wesel), timber build and structure protection apprentices (BZB Krefeld), road menders and draftsmen.
The BZB Academy offers seminars and traineeships in the following fields:
- Courses for master craftsmen and supervisors
- Management and law
- Concrete repair and sealing
- Sewerage construction and repair
- Fire protection
- Energy and modernisation
- Environmental technology and occupational safety
- Roof and façade construction
These are further complemented by a range of international courses. Most of the seminars and training content of our advanced professional development curriculum can be provided as client-based in-house events. We also develop and prepare concepts according to client-specific training requirements, implemented as either a single seminar or a series of activities.
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We advise jobseekers on the processes and procedures involved in finding work, directing them to prospects that could enable them to gain a foothold in the labour market. With a modular qualification pathway or alternative retraining/reskilling programmes, candidates can freshen up their knowledge or even gain new vocational qualifications. We also help people prepare for work through a number of measures, including language assistance and an introduction to the German employment system for refugees.
At the BZB, we employ established potential analysis techniques to help young people to systematically manage the move into vocational education and employment. Interested school-leavers can take a number of tests to determine their strengths and attitudes. The results provide them with a practical social and personal profile which extends beyond gender-specific role expectations or stereotyping based on any single characteristic. This helps to highlight students’ true potential for entering the world of work and earning a living.
The BZB offers careers advice as part of the NRW state-sponsored programme “KAoA” (“Kein Abschluss ohne Anschluss” or “qualifications aligned to real job prospects”). The service is designed to provide young people with a realistic insight into various careers and give them the impetus they need, while also identifying their skills, capabilities and interests.
The BZB plays a key role in educational networks through its participation in projects at the national and international level. We work to consistently promote, improve and advance vocational training, the image of the building trades, energy-efficient construction, craft clustering, modern supervisor training, the use of BIM (Building Information Modelling), issues such as digitisation and work-based learning, and much more.
BZB Krefeld has a hall of residence with all modern conveniences and 46 beds in twin rooms. It also has a communal room and leisure area with table tennis and TV facilities, pool, a fitness suite and WiFi.
Apprentices will usually stay in the rooms from Monday to Friday. In order to reserve a room, trainees and apprentices should make contact with the hall of residence manager in good time prior to the start of their course.
The BZB also offers its seminar rooms and workshops in Krefeld, Wesel and Düsseldorf for hire. In addition to presentations and lectures, you can also carry out practical demonstrations in our workshops for product and skill training purposes. Additional services include the provision of refreshments on seminar days, delegation of employees for practical demonstrations, as well as the use of tools, machinery and relevant personal protection equipment. We will also be glad to take care of any accommodation requirements and transfers from airports or railway stations.
As a result of our international experience, we are able to provide customers abroad with expert advice and support in relation to facility hire and event organisation. Talk to us – we will be glad to send you a tailored quotation.
Certified to DIN EN ISO 9001
Certification to DIN EN ISO 9001 evidences BZB’s leading position as a service provider for training, qualification and professional development.
Certified to AZAV
Our approval by AZAV as a vocational qualification and professional development body underlines our position as a leading education service provider. The approval requirements apply to all organisations that implement measures aligned to promoting employment in compliance with Germany’s SGB III (Social Insurance Code), either internally or through third parties.
BZB Krefeld satisfies the approval criteria specified by SOKA-BAU and DEKRA, which meets all quality requirements applicable to vocational education establishments in Germany. SOKA-BAU organises the approval auditing of around 200 vocational training establishments every two years, ensuring uniform quality standards in training across Germany.
Perhaps you have some good ideas but aren’t sure how to implement them? BZB’s innovation and technology officers will support your company to find a way forward. We can point you in the direction of funding agencies and support programmes, help you develop new sales markets and find investors and partners.
We help in the development, production and marketing of innovative products and the introduction of innovative processes. Our advisors will come to your company, talk to its management and owners about their project objectives, discuss how to phase implementation and support the project through to its successful conclusion.
The objective of European mobility projects is to promote international vocational training pathways that enable young people to gain qualifications across the EU. These schemes are becoming ever more important for apprentices employed by small to medium-sized enterprises within the construction trade. Not only do they make a significant contribution to overcoming language barriers, they also foster commitment, entrepreneurship and conscientiousness. The BZB organises apprentice exchanges and relocation from beginning to end. Talk to us.
We treat one another with respect.
We talk openly and immediately as problems and conflicts arise.
We regularly share our experiences and ideas.
We work together and support one another as part of one and the same team.
We act as a cohesive group and are loyal to one another.
We proactively communicate our targets and objectives to our stakeholders.
We keep our promises.
We assess common or shared projects and provide one another with constructive feedback.