HSBC Trinkaus Jugend & Bildung e.V.

"Zukunftsinitiative" – The scholarship programme for young Europeans

With the "Zukunftsinitiative" scholarship programme, the association HSBC Trinkaus Jugend & Bildung e.V. would like to give young academics from southern European countries heavily affected by unemployment a future in Germany.

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and the Düsseldorf Employment Agency (Agentur für Arbeit Düsseldorf), the scholarship programme offers essential key qualifications to make it easier to enter the German labour market. The initiative is aimed primarily at engineers and electrical engineers as well as mathematicians, scientists, physicians and IT specialists between the age of 23 and 33 who have successfully completed their studies.

Language as a key qualification

The scholarship programme is designed to last for a period of five months. In a four-month intensive language course at the Goethe-Institut in Düsseldorf, the scholarship holders learn German in more than 400 teaching hours with the aim of being able to use the language competently in working life (Europ. reference framework C1). A further month gives them enough time to complete the application phase and find somewhere to live.

Fit for the German labour market

The scholarship holders are accompanied throughout the entire scholarship programme by the Düsseldorf Employment Agency (Agentur für Arbeit Düsseldorf), which has wide-ranging experience in placing foreign skilled workers. The scholarship holders are made familiar with the special features of the German labour market, for example they receive application coaching and are supported in putting together their application documents and accessing the job portals.

Life in Düsseldorf

The scholarship holders live within walking distance of the Goethe-Institut in the centre of Düsseldorf. The association assumes the costs for rental and food.

As social integration into their new home is at least as important as professional integration, HSBC employees help the scholarship holders as sponsors, making it easier for them to get used to living in their new home country. The sponsors provide the scholarship holders with help and advice throughout the entire period of the scholarship programme, and often also beyond it.

Programme already showing success

A total of 28 scholarship holders took part in the first two programmes in 2015 and 2016, of whom 80% found a job after the end of the scholarship programme. The "" scholarship was awarded to 12 academics from Greece, Croatia, Portugal and Spain in 2017.

The application process

Interested academics submit their application to the Goethe-Institut in their home country or in Düsseldorf. The Goethe-Institutes of the home countries forward the documents of the candidates who come into question to the Goethe-Institut in Düsseldorf.

Initial knowledge of German (Europ. reference framework B1), the willingness to participate with commitment in the entire study programme as well as the motivation to take on a job in Germany after completing the course and live and work in Germany for several years are requirements for the application.

About the association

In order to realise the "" initiative and finance the scholarship holders, the charitable association HSBC Trinkaus Jugend & Bildung e.V. was founded in Düsseldorf. The statutory purpose of the association is to support young people and promote education and international understanding. By founding the association, the Bank has underlined its philosophy of combining corporate responsibility with social responsibility.

We are happy to have found a pragmatic way together with our cooperation partners and sponsors of qualifying young academics from southern Europe for the German labour market.

Wolfgang Haupt, Initiator and Member of the Advisory Board, HSBC Germany

Structure of the association

HSBC Trinkaus Jugend & Bildung e.V.

Claudia Vetter-Diez
Sustainability, HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG

Paul Hagen
Deputy chairman
Member of the Management Board, HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG

Wolfgang Haupt
Member of the Advisory Board, HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG, and former Managing Partner,
HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt KGaA

Dr. Detlef Irmen
General Counsel, HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG
Association Register Number: VR 11067

Cooperation partners: Goethe Institut, Düsseldorf Employment Agency, Metzler Foundation, Qiagen


HSBC Trinkaus Jugend & Bildung e.V.

Claudia Vetter-Diez
Königsallee 21/23, 40212 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 211 910-2261
Fax: +49 211 910-98077

Association register number
VR 11067

Donations account
HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt AG
IBAN DE24 3003 0880 0013 0880 04