Vocational school for nursing

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Denise Kempf is a first-year trainee at the Diakonisches Werk Wolfsburg e.V. and tells us what it means for her to learn a social profession.

"For me, a good day at school as part of my nursing training begins in the morning with arriving and having a cup of coffee together in the school kitchen. The exchange with my classmates in the beginning of our school day is the start of a very varied school day. If the lessons are not only frontal, but can also be actively shaped by me and my classmates, we contribute our knowledge well and absorb new knowledge more easily.

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Through various practical exercises I learn to put myself in the shoes of men and women in need of care. We connect theoretical knowledge and practical implementation - for example when we wash each other's hair. Changes of perspective such as these allow me not only to act in a professionally correct way, but also to experience the feelings of the people in the need of care.

This experience helps me to recognize during the practical training why people react in different ways, for example when a person in the need of care does not allow support, or sometimes reacts in a quick-tempered manner. The fact that people sometimes react in this way, for example because they have lost their independence and might be ashamed of it, was an important insight for me. I would like to have many more such insights in the course of the training."


Heading for the future

Ever since giving up its old location in the north of Wolfsburg and moving into the newly constructed St. Elisabeth residential and nursing centre early in April this year, the Diakonie vocational college for nursing and healthcare has entered a new era of professional training and instruction. Not only the building right in the city centre is brand new but also the school's facilities and equipment are state-of-the-art. Classrooms are equipped with digital flipcharts and wallscreens, so schooling could almost take place without any printed materials. The range of technical facilities and generous spatial conditions allow varying learning arrangements in different group sizes, also for work in micro-groups in small 'escape rooms', and face-to-face teaching, distance-learning (homeschooling) or hybrid classes are equally possible. The virtual classroom has become reality. The Diakonie vocational college is one of 25 exclusive project schools 'Digital Learning in Lower Saxony', which have been chosen to test and try out the latest concepts in e-learning.

Trainees to become qualified nursing and healthcare experts at the Diakonie college are provided with laptops during the time of their training so they will have access to different
learning platforms and may stay cross-linked in professional exchange. After all, digitalisation is getting increasingly relevant in nursing, and tele-medicine and and tele-therapy have become important topics even today - not to mention senior citizens in need of care who also have to be instructed and supported in how to use digital media so they may continue to take part in social life.

Apart from their theoretical studies and instruction in the classroom students will do practical exercises in so-called 'skills labs'. Here they will be able to practise as realistically as possible for their following on-the-job-training in a nursing home, a hospital, or other medical institutions.


Start your own change of perspective

Does social commitment appeal to you and would you like to complete an apprenticeship in which working with people comes first?

Gain experience, exchange ideas in multi-professional teams and learn how to support people in need of care professionally.

Check the general conditions.

Here you will find the most important information about the nursing specialist training course, for example on the duration and minimum requirements.


Necessary documents

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • School leaving certificate (proof of ten school years)
  • B2 language certificate

by mail to karriere@diakonie-wolfsburg.de

or directly via our job advertisements:

apprenticeship as a nursing specialist (f/m/d)

Applied nursing science in practical training B.Sc. (f/m/d)


  • Secondary school leaving certificate or an equivalent education
  • Secondary school leaving certificate (ten years of schooling) with at least two years of successfully completed professional education or at least one year of assistant or helper training
  • Minimum age 16 years
  • Language level German B2
  • Start on 1st of August and 1st of October
  • Duration: Three years full-time, including six months probationary period
  • School education with theory lessons of at least 2100 hours
  • Practice time with 2500 hours
  • Theory and practice times are alternating
  • Structured training plan
  • Individual support by trained practical instructors
  • Training allowance (gross), € 1126.07 in the 1st training year, € 1186.66 in the 2nd training year, € 1286.67 in the 3rd training year

During the theory blocks, the team from the vocational school nursing accompanies you in recognizing general principles of nursing on the basis of scientific knowledge and legal foundations.The theoretical training includes all the important basics and skills for the nursing profession, such as communication and organizational skills.

During the practical training you will be accompanied by our trained practical instructors who will coordinate individual learning goals with you, in cooperation with the fixes trainingskills.This enables you to strengthen your existing strengths and develop new skills.

Our practice instructors will show you how you can transfer the general content,  taught in school, to a person's individual care situation, since each person needs different care and support.

You learn how to give answers to questions like these:

  • How does the human body work and what happens when we get ill?
  • Why does a person with dementia no longer recognizes family members?
  • How do I support people when they can no longer move after serious accidents?
  • What do I have to pay attention to by giving out and taking medication?
  • Why are the wishes and ideas of people in need of care and their relatives so different?

You will learn how individual care of people of all ages can be designed, you will learn a lot about how to deal with the family environment and how ethical, legal and scientific knowledge is taken into account.

Contact person

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Frank Stemmler


+49 5361 206 451


Pflegeschule Diakonisches Werk Wolfsburg e.V.

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