Individual counselling; conducting vocational assessment programs; in-depth training of work techniques for blind and visually impaired adults; vocational training and further qualifications, continually modified according to the current needs on the labour market; individual job placement strategies; these are the areas in which the Berufsförderungswerk Düren has specified, a vocational training centre for blind and visually impaired adults. The vocational training centre is situated at the river Rur, between the two cities of Aachen and Cologne and has a long standing tradition in its field. In 1960 the first vocational training institute was founded for blind adults. In 1975 this became the ‘Berufsförderungswerk’ as it is known today, registered as a non-profit limited company. The legal form has changed, the objective has stayed the same: the vocational training of blind and visually impaired adults. The training-courses for blind and visually impaired adults are integrational and both customer and process orientated.
Next to functional competence the training of keyqualifications is a major feature of the vocational training, i. e. working responsibly, spotting problems and developing solutions. There is a strong interrelation between theoretical and practical training areas.
In this the motto is, to offer vocational training and further qualification which is both individual and labour market orientated. In cooperation with the labour office the Berufsförderungswerk offers active support towards finding a job after the vocational training. This includes the area of technical equipment of the work place.
The hall of residence which is part of the Berufsförderungswerk can take up to 200 participants. Each person has a single bedroom with bathroom and toilet and three meals a day are on offer. There is a wide range of recreational activities in the areas of sports, creativity and social engagements, which are on offer in the evenings and at the weekends.
Professional advice in all areas of the rehabilitation process
Vocational counselling 12 days
Vocational assessment programs up to 5 days
Basic Rehabilitation 12 months for highly visually impaired, 13 months for blind adults
Preliminary rehabilitation course I 6 months
Preliminary rehabilitation course II for participants with German as a foreign language 12 months
Training course for participants without previous qualifications up to 12 months
Basic Training course on Physical Therapy for intending masseurs, medical bath attendants, physiotherapists, internal exam 6 months