The Centre for Work and Environment Giessen (ZAUG gGmbH) is a non-profit making vocational training company and education provider founded in 1988 and has currently 143 employees. ZAUG-shareholders are the Giessen county council and the community councils of all town councils belonging to the Giessen community. ZAUG offers vocational training opportunities, qualification and employment opportunities for youth and adults living in the city and county of Giessen within the frame of support programmes that aim for reintegration in the labour market.

Facing the challenge of fighting against unemployment and people living of welfare, our non-profit organisation offers educational and work opportunities for people in need of support. We consider useful work an elementary human need, whereas income supports are mere means of survival.
Our expertise in career guidance at ZAUG comprises counselling in the fields of professional qualifications and school degrees, information on the regional labour market and education market, application training including preparation of application documents, job- and general skill profiling as well as their evaluation.

Since its foundation, ZAUG has offered secondary vocational training for young people and adults in up to 24 professions (currently 7), including special offers for people with special needs. For many years there was a special focus on training in the field of gastronomy. Up to three training restaurants and several canteens were operated. Today, the courses take place in our own training facility and in a canteen kitchen, where around 4,500 meals are prepared every day.