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Apply for support for participation in external vocational training at the Employment Agency


External vocational training is an alternative to training in a company if you have not yet found any training and you have no prospects of how to proceed in the future.

An off-the-job vocational training is also an option for you if your in-company or non-company vocational training has been terminated prematurely and the start of in-company vocational training is hopeless even with additional support. You can then continue your training in an external institution. If possible, the previous training period will be taken into account.

It doesn't really matter how old you are.

Your external vocational training takes place in a recognised training occupation. Liberal professions and nursing professions cannot be trained outside the company.

Your training takes place with a measure provider. The costs are covered by the Employment Agency. You receive a training allowance and are covered by social insurance.

Under certain conditions, you can also receive vocational training allowance.

For the theoretical part of vocational training, you will attend a vocational school. Your practical part will take place depending on the model

  • in principle, in the workshops of the measure provider instead of including in-company training phases, or
  • in principle, it takes place at a training company with which the measure provider cooperates.

During the training with your measure provider, you can, among other things,

  • Tutoring in individual subjects or learning the German language,
  • Preparation for class work and exams,
  • Support for everyday problems,
  • Mediating discussions with your trainers, teachers and parents


An experienced team of trainers, teachers and social pedagogues will accompany you throughout the entire time. Together with you, they develop a very personal support plan based on the training framework plan.

During the extra-company vocational training, your transition to in-company training will be promoted.

If there are certain reasons, you can also complete your training part-time.

Even as a young person with disabilities, you can take part in an off-the-job vocational training if your individual support needs can be covered and you can participate in working life through the training.

You can take part in an external vocational training after a personal interview at the Employment Agency, if the eligibility requirements are met, if there is a corresponding measure and a free place.

  • Contact the responsible employment agency and arrange an interview.
    • If you receive unemployment benefit II, the job centre is responsible for you.
    • You can find the office of the Federal Employment Agency or the Job Centre responsible for you via the service finder. It depends on where you live.
  • On site, the career counsellor of the Employment Agency records your data and checks whether you meet the requirements for participation in an off-site vocational training.
  • If this is the case, the career counsellor of the Employment Agency will designate the appropriate training provider for your participation.
  • The Employment Agency informs the measure provider that you will start an apprenticeship with him.
  • Before the start of the training, you will be invited by the measure provider to a coordination or admission interview.
  • You conclude a training contract with the person responsible for the measure.
  • If the practical part of your training takes place in a company, you also conclude a cooperation agreement with your measure provider and the company.
  • The measure provider will inform you in writing about the start and location of your training and what you need to start.

You can take part in external vocational training if:

  • You have completed your compulsory schooling, whether with or without a school leaving certificate.
  • They have not yet found any training and have no prospects of how things should continue in the future.
  • Their integration into in-company vocational training cannot be achieved with support during training, for example with assisted training.
  • You are disabled in learning or socially disadvantaged.

You are part of the group of people with learning disabilities if

  • you have completed compulsory schooling but do not have a school leaving certificate,
  • you have attended a special school with a focus on learning or
  • You are unlikely to be able to successfully complete in-company training despite having a lower secondary school leaving certificate or a comparable school leaving certificate.

The group of socially disadvantaged persons includes:

  • if there are significant social, personal and/or psychological problems and you are therefore not up to the requirements of in-company training.
  • Indications for this can be:
    • Behavioral abnormalities
    • Performance weaknesses (e.g. reading and spelling difficulties)
    • Single parent
    • Young people who have committed criminal offences
    • young people who had an addiction problem
    • young people with a migrant background with language deficits or existing difficulties in settling in a foreign environment.

If you want to continue your training in an off-the-job vocational training because your in-company or other off-company training relationship has ended prematurely, you do not have to belong to the group of people with learning disabilities or socially disadvantaged persons. The prerequisite for this is, among other things, that you can finish your training within the contract period of the measure and that there is a free place.

Special requirements for foreigners:

As a foreigner, you can in principle receive the funding, taking into account the requirements already listed, if you are allowed to do an apprenticeship or work in Germany – unless legally prescribed funding exclusions apply. You can inquire about this at your responsible employment agency.
You are not entitled to participate in an off-the-job vocational training if you

  • stay illegally in Germany,
  • have come to Germany a maximum of 5 years ago to work, study or train,
  • are permitted or tolerated.

As a newly entering eligible foreigner, you can in principle be supported after a stay period of 3 months.

  • You will need your last school report and cv.
  • As a foreigner, you need proof of your current residence permit.
  • If you do not have a school leaving certificate, but have completed compulsory schooling, you will need proof of this.
  • If necessary, further documents to be provided by you may result from the consultation with your career counsellor of the Employment Agency.

There is no deadline. External vocational training usually begins in August or September of each year. You should therefore audition for participation as early as possible before the start of off-site vocational training at the Employment Agency. Before the start of the training, you conclude a training contract with the measure provider, which also gives you a fixed time frame for the duration of the training.

Forms available: No
Written form required: No
Informal application possible: Yes
Personal appearance required: Yes
Online services available: No

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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