The Bildungsverein Bautechnik creates training opportunities for apprentices in the construction sector. Supported by the collective bargaining parties of the construction industry in Berlin and Brandenburg, the association provides training building sites in Germany and abroad. These training building sites, which are mostly created within the framework of projects for the preservation of historical monuments, allow young people to test and develop their skills under real conditions.
An important element of this is the exposure to historical building techniques and materials. The Bildungsverein Bautechnik wants to make a contribution to the qualification of trainees that goes beyond the usual training framework. In this way, the trainees can acquire unique additional qualifications. At the same time, cultural assets are preserved for the community.
With the project of a mobile workshop („Mobile BAUWERKstatt“), the Bildungsverein Bautechnik also makes the field of construction tangible for middle school students. This project was made possible by the support of the social security fund of the Berlin construction industry (Berliner Sozialkasse für das Baugewerbe) and now also receives co-financing from the Senate Department for Integration, Labor and Social Affairs.
In the project in the Ahr Valley, I learned more about architectural styles in three weeks than I had in the entire training before.
Board of Directors and Management
The Bildungsverein Bautechnik is represented by the board members Mathias Kahrs, Dr. Manja Schreiner and Dirk Kuske. They each represent the sponsoring institutions – Bauindustrieverband Ost e.V. , Fachgemeinschaft Bau Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. and Industriegewerkschaft Bauen Agrar Umwelt.
Bettina Peifer, a political scientist, has been the managing director since November 2019.
Following her studies at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Free University of Berlin and the London School of Economics, Bettina Peifer worked for the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin, Brussels and Tel Aviv.
After a number of years in international environmental and climate policy, including at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, she switched to educational work with vocational students and focused on practical environmental issues such as sustainable building at PECO, an institution of the industrial union Bauen Agrar Umwelt.
Since the retirement of founding director Angelika Thormann, Bettina Peifer has continued the association’s successful project work together with the partner organisations. This consists primarily of developing and organising national and international projects for trainees in the construction sector.
Bettina Peifer lives with her family in Berlin.
Dr. Manja Schreiner
Chief Managing Director Fachgemeinschaft Bau Berlin-Brandenburg
Deputy Regional Manager Industriegewerkschaft Bauen Agrar Umwelt
Head of Business Office Berlin Bauindustrieverband Ost e.V.
Managing Director Bildungsverein Bautechnik e.V.
The Bildungsverein Bautechnik has more than twenty years of experience in carrying out educational projects in the main construction trade. Up to now, these have been exclusively projects with apprentices. With the opening of the construction workshop „Mobile Bauwerkstatt“, school students are now also a target group of the association.
The Bildungsverein Bautechnik was founded in connection with its best-known project: the model facade of Schinkel’s Bauakademie in Berlin. Since then, numerous new projects have been added, such as reconstructions, model and teaching building sites, and European exchange programs. The completed buildings, such as the Fortunaportal in Potsdam, the Bruno Taut Pavilion on Dammweg in Berlin or the pendulum columns of Berlin’s Viktoriastadt, demonstrate the success of the association and its sponsors in the preservation of cultural monuments.
A selection of the projects is presented here as examples. If you have any questions about the further work of the association, please feel free to contact us at any time!