Counselling Network

The project ‘NEXT STEP niederrhein’ of the Rhein-Waal and Niederrhein Universities has built up a large network of players on the regional employment market (such as chambers of commerce, Federal Employment Agency) on the left bank of the Lower Rhine. The aim of this network is to offer orientation to students and early university leavers and help them gain vocational qualifications.

All alliance partners and their counselling and information services are listed alphabetically below.

Counselling services

Agentur für Arbeit Krefeld (Federal Employment Agency)

Stadt Krefeld, Kreis Viersen
Philadelphiastraße 2
47799 Krefeld
Postal address: 47796 Krefeld

Peter Kraps
Agentur für Arbeit Krefeld
47906 Kempen
0800 4 5555 00 (toll free)

Individual contact and appointment arrangements by phone through the Service Centre 0800 4 5555 00 (toll-free), internet or email to or or

Office hours at the Hochschule Niederrhein
Krefeld campus on every first Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the “VIP room” in the cafeteria at the South Campus (

Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency) – takes you further
We regard ourselves as a customer-oriented service provider in the employment and training market. Our aim is to provide advice and support in keeping with people’s lives and in line with developments in the employment market. We focus on the concerns and expectations of our clients within the scope of our legal mandate and statutory possibilities. We therefore help people to take the next step, to find employment and therefore take control of their lives and shape their futures.

We support you in your individual situation – regardless of the circumstances:

  • Personal
  • Preventive
  • Unbureaucratic
  • Flexible
  • Modern
  • Networked
  • Reliable
  • Appreciative


Agentur für Arbeit Mönchengladbach (Federal Employment Agency)

Location: Mönchengladbach
Mr Rolf Dörr

Location: Neuss

Location: Grevenbroich

Advice in Career Service
Date: Every Tuesday during the semester
Location: Campus Mönchengladbach, Room Z135

Open consultation hours for students having doubts about their studies
Date: 9 November 2018, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Mönchengladbach Employment Agency, BIZ (careers advice centre)

Agentur für Arbeit Wesel (Federal Employment Agency)

Reeser Landstrasse 61
46483 Wesel

Agentur für Arbeit  (Federal Employment Agency) – Academic career advisors, depending on where you live

Ms Monika van Eimern

Jan Höpfner



The Federal Employment Agency provides comprehensive services for the employment and training market for the general public, businesses and institutions. Career counselling provides support to young people who are looking for a training place or a place at university by offering individual counselling and placement, and also in the event of problems during training or their studies alongside information on support services.

General counselling for vocational reorientation
Support in career choice decisions – Identifying alternative ways to find employment – Contact to potential employers for training or work through to successful placement – Assistance with the preparation of application documents – If required, financial support within the applicable statutory framework

Consultation hours for students who are having doubts about their studies, once per semester, next date in January 2019 at the Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort campuses.

Handwerkskammer Düsseldorf (Chamber of Trades)

Georg-Schulhoff-Platz 1
40221 Düsseldorf

Nadine Rosenau
HWK Düsseldorf (Chamber District of Düsseldorf)

The Chamber of Trades is a financially independent body that performs tasks that would otherwise be the responsibility of the state, for example keeping the tradespeople register of craftsmen or organising training and advanced training examinations. We offer our members a comprehensive information and advisory service, for example business administration and legal advice, innovation and environmental advice as well as “look and find” exchanges for skilled workers, training places and companies. Qualification is one of our special areas of focus. We also provide support for trainees completing their first course of training. Our academy runs 25 schools for master craftspeople and offers a number of further education courses.

Most high school graduates decide to study after school. However, this is not always the right path for everyone. Approximately one third of all Bachelor graduates drop out of their studies prematurely. There are many reasons for this. Some wonder whether they will ever be able to apply their theoretical knowledge in practice. Others lack career prospects. For many it is also difficult to earn a living while studying. If you want to quit your studies, think about changing to a trade! There are a lot of good arguments in favour of this decision. Nadine Rosenau from the Chamber is at your disposal for questions and advice.

Consultation hours for students who are unsure of their studies at the HWK Düsseldorf:
For new dates please look at the website:

Location: Handwerkskammer Düsseldorf, Georg-Schulhoff-Platz 1, 40221 Düsseldorf

IHK (Central Lower Rhine Chamber of Commerce)
IHK Mittlerer Niederrhein (Central Lower Rhine Chamber of Commerce)

Bismarckstr. 109, 41061 Mönchengladbach
Friedrichstr. 40, 41460 Neuss
Nordwall 39, 47798 Krefeld


Stephan Mundt
Location: IHK Mittlerer Niederrhein, Friedrichstr. 40, 41460 Neuss

Further links:

We at the IHK Mittlerer Niederrhein (Central Lower Rhine Chamber of Commerce) support the economy on the Lower Rhine in the fields of recruitment, selection, support, examination as well as further qualification of trainees and skilled workers. We advise companies and help meet the demand for skilled workers in companies.

We advise students on suitable training occupations as an alternative to studying and provide information on companies that offer traineeships in the region. We also offer support during the application phase.

IHK (Lower Rhine Chamber of Industry and Commerce)

Niederrheinische Industrie- und Handelskammer
Mercatorstr. 22-24
47051 Duisburg


Location: Kamp-Lintfort, Ms  Özlem Erdogan
Location: Kleve, Mr Berthold ten Brink

Together for the Lower Rhine
The Lower Rhine Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of around 65,000 member companies in the industry, trade and services in Duisburg and the districts of Wesel and Kleve. We are aware of the needs of entrepreneurs in the Lower Rhine region and represent their interests in communication with politicians and administrators. Our services for our members include, for example, training and further education courses, advice, legal support and networks. Providing services for our members is our main priority. We concentrate on promoting prosperity, jobs and progress in the Lower Rhine region. We actively look to communicate with other economic regions and are open towards people of different origins and cultures.

Advice, information, placement in dual vocational training courses

Kreishandwerkerschaft Mönchengladbach (Municipal Trades Association)

Platz des Handwerks 1
41065 Mönchengladbach

Mönchengladbach Offices, Mr Bresser

Representation of the interests of the craft trades at the local level

Regionalagentur NiederRhein (Lower Rhine Regional Agency)

Bismarckplatz 1, 47198 Duisburg

Gabriel Spitzner

The Lower Rhine Regional Agency is an employment market policy service provider for the Lower Rhine region (Duisburg, Wesel district, Kleve district) commissioned by the Ministry of Employment, Health and Social Affairs of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (MAGS NRW) and supported by the City of Duisburg. It provides advice for programmes and projects of the ESF (European Social Fund) state co-financed employment market policies and initiates and organises the establishment and maintenance of cooperation projects and networks of institutional players for employment market policies and bodies responsible for employment policy measures. The Lower Rhine Regional Agency combines employment policy objectives such as reducing unemployment and securing training and employment with economic structural requirements in the region.

Advice on Career Development (BBE)

The “Advice on Career Development” (BBE) support programme assists people who are currently changing their professional situations who live or work in North Rhine-Westphalia. Counselling is provided by qualified counsellors accredited by the Ministry of Employment, Integration and Social Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia. The BBE service is free of charge. Free consultation is available for one to nine hours.
The (BBE) “Advice on Career Development” (BBE) support programme assists people who are currently changing their professional situations who live or work in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Counselling is provided by qualified counsellors accredited by the Ministry of Employment, Integration and Social Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia. The BBE service is free of charge.

Free consultation is available for one to nine hours.

For international students, access to academic or dual courses is subject to various requirements. It is particularly important for students to have a good command of the German language. Please note that counselling is therefore usually offered in German.

Collaborative Universities

Implementation, planning and responsibility for the project lie jointly with the Rhine-Waal (HSRW) and Niederrhein (HN) universities, which act as project partners in the network.