Fundation year: 2013 ✱Type of entity: Vocational College, Training Centre ✱Field of action: Training, teaching ✱ National: Germany
In the Werkstatt-Berufskolleg Unna all students are welcome: young people with extraordinary life biographies, with and without qualification; older people who want to learn a new profession; persons with and without disabilities from special schools with reorientation needs; refugees and asylum seekers with whom we work the part of the trauma that accompanies them; students without academic qualification who get their first exams, etc. All teachers have, along with their pedagogical training, another type of professional training and come from the private or public sector. Therefore, learning with the hand, heart and head is our motto.
This vocational school bases its teaching methods and content on the realities of its students. It develops training activities in a joint way to the students and use professionally equipped workshops. The classrooms are large and equipped with all necessary facilities. Students actively participate in school committees and the development of school influence and new ideas. It currently serves 650 students, and has 55 teachers and social workers. Its quality management system is based on the needs of disadvantaged students and young people. The school has received the label “School without racism - school with courage” and “fair trade school”. Special education teachers, university professors, social workers, teachers from Turkey, Morocco, Ukraine and France, colleagues with different professions make up the team.
Further European projects since 2017
“She accomplished her master's degree in education and English language in 2014. After her studies she has worked as project coordinator for an incorporated society for two years, where she coached refugees and unemeployed young adults in order to prepare them for the job market. At the same time she taught English in adult evening classes. In 2018 she began her work as an English teacher at Werkstatt-Berufskolleg Unna.” — Annalena Humberg-Witt
Master's degree in education and English language
“After studying German language and literature and media studies, he initially worked for five years as a research assistant at a linguistics chair at the university. Since 2012 he has been working as a teacher at vocational colleges for German and German as a second language, and since 2013 at the Werkstatt-Berufskolleg in Unna. There he is the head of the courses for the preparation of the training and co-responsible for the coordination of the EU projects. Benjamin Eickler is 39 years old and lives in Soest.” — Benjamin Eickler
“After completing studies in German philology, educational sciences and Islamic studies, he worked for three years as an educational employee first for an established primary school format and then for a model project (testing new preventive structures and procedures for school social work) in primary and secondary education schools. From January to May 2018 he worked as a teacher of origin languages at the educational authority in Hagen, since June 2018 at the vocational school Werkstatt-Berufskolleg in Unna. Here he is a German teacher both for the regular and international education classes. Abdelmounaim is 37 years old and lives in Iserlohn.” — Abdelmounaim El-Allali
“She has been working for various vocational schools and educational institutions (Kreishandwerkerschaft Dortmund, INI Lippstadt) since the 2nd state examination (subjects: German and pedagogy). She has over 30 years of experience as a teacher of German as a foreign language/ German as a second language. At the Werkstatt-Berufskolleg she is responsible for the International Support Classes course (Head of Course), in which German is taught as a second language at various levels (alphabetisation up to B1). Sevgican Sensoy is 60 years old and lives in Dortmund.” — Sevgican Sensoy