GidZ - Together into the future

With our programme “Together into the future”, we want to promote young people in NRW who for different reasons had problems at school and as a result were not able to get good - or even any - school qualifications. Together means that we look for opportunities for career prospects together with our network partners, training providers, state institutions and the young people affected.

help and hope sees itself here as a contact for training companies and potential trainees, and as an advisor and mentor to young people both in and outside of pure day-to-day training. The starting position of these young people in NRW is oppresive, as a life without training does not just result in financial difficulties; it also often leads to mental disorders due to a lack of prospects. For more information, you can download the GidZ flyer here.

The four areas of the GidZ programme

GidZ in figures


Young people were provided with training


Apprentices have completed their training


Training companies

Get involved

For companies

In order for us to be able to carry out our “GidZ” programme, in addition to training providers, on the one hand, we need companies to support us with this programme. help and hope sees itself as a contact partner for training companies and potential apprentices, and as an advisor and mentor to young people both in and outside of pure day-to-day training. 

The advantages for you as a company are clear: 

  • Young people receive intensive help and support from our professionals.
  • Should there be any problems with young people during the training, our staff provide and look for solutions.
  • You enhance your image because you are helping disadvantaged young people.
  • In addition, you give the young people a chance at life.
  • Also after they have started training, our staff are on hand to give young people advice and support.

For applicants

Many young people between 16 and 25 have problems finding an apprenticeship or a job. Around 8% of all young people in NRW find themselves in a situation where their career is on hold and they end up doing, in some cases, numerous internships. Our stated aim is to actively help you and champion your career prospects in NRW. For this reason, we have staff specifically for you who will support you both in making initial contact as well as with applying, and later on during training. If you would like to take part in our “GidZ” programme, then please get in contact. Our GidZ team is available on the phone or to meet you in person.

Katharina Breiter

Schwanenwall 12

44135 Dortmund

Phone: +49 (0) 231 / 98 87 15 80

GidZ programme - Nadine A success story

How was your time on the GidZ programme?

I began with an internship at Woolworth and after I had been there a while, I asked them if I could also start a training programme there. I came out of school after year seven (at the age of 12), for the most part with a grade 5 (5 = inadequate). The staff at the head office at the time were initially a bit sceptical about taking on a schoolgirl without any qualifications and offering an apprenticeship. Then, one day - a day I will never forget - I got the call that changed everything for me: I was allowed to start an apprenticeship at Woolworth, supported by help and hope. At the time, I was still considering whether I should go back to school to repeat my exams or whether to start the apprenticeship. I soon realised that the opportunity to get an apprenticeship without a school qualification was a one-off and so I took it. 

Could you have imagined years ago that one day you would successfully train as a sales assistant?

It is safe to say, no! I never could have imagined that I would be able to train as a sales assistant. I wasn’t very motivated at the time. I had let my life slip for quite a few years and was just living life one day at a time. I had one or two part-time jobs every now and then but they weren’t very regular. It was in May 2013 when I first contacted GidZ and Mrs Reketat. 

What’s your daily routine like now in the job?

There are three permanent members of staff in our team, three trainees and a few temps. We are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm and Saturdays until 6pm. In the store, I advise customers, work on the cash register, look after incoming goods and help with stocktaking. Very often it involves quickly helping customers, showing them the products they want and giving them information. Hence, I am always running to and fro between the shelves in our store in Hörde. That’s why my colleagues like to call me “weasel”.

How exactly has help and hope helped to support you in completing your training? Do you think you would have pursued this career without help and hope?

Without help and hope, it would have been unthinkable for me to complete this training. Ms Reketat was really supportive throughout the training and that was certainly not always easy for her. I had a lot of problems during this time. But also the staff helped me with the study-based part of my training by tutoring me, for example, in merchandise management. On the day of my oral exam, I was particularly nervous and toyed with the idea of jacking it all in and not going to the exam. The fear of not passing and having to openly show my own weaknesses in front of the examiners was huge. I still remember now how I urged Ms Reketat to come with me to the exam. Now I know that I only managed it because of the support help and hope gave me.

What are your plans for the future?

I would really like to continue my training and still earn more money. My experience has shown that it is always worth doing my best, in the future too. I want to live my life by the motto: never give up, stay motivated and always carry on, no matter what happens.

What do you take from your experiences gained over the last few years?

I have learned so much. Don’t be down in the mouth when there is a setback; always get back up. There will always be someone who can help you when you are in distress.

GidZ programme supporter

Mr. Landwehr

Woolworth GmbH, Unna

We were very positive about the project right from the start. On the one hand, it was the commitment and professionalism of all those involved from help and hope which motivated us to get involved straight away. On the other hand, it was the participants, who left such a positive impression in their interviews that it seemed impossible for us not to support them in their efforts to start an apprenticeship. And what I can say; it’s been worth it.


Mrs. Wollnik-Krawczyk

Werner Kocher GmbH & Co. KG, Dortmund

The environment children and young people live in these days is very diverse and different. School, social and cultural process changes are challenges for both parents and children alike. Family as a living space is, on the one hand, a place of protection and security; however, it is also vulnerable, on the other hand, to excessive demands and pressures. And it is precisely here, at “GidZ”, where young people who have lost stability through certain life situations get help and support.

Mr. König

Wilhelm Schmitz GmbH & Co. KG, Dortmund

We support the GidZ programme to enable young people without a school qualification to actually get into the job market, because without a school qualification, young people often have initial difficulties getting into working life. I personally really enjoy working with these young people during their training. It’s a lot of fun. I feel it’s important to give young people from the GidZ programme the chance to demonstrate their abilities.