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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 an apprenticeship and you have no perspective on how to proceed in the future.

External vocational training is also an option for you if your in-company or off-company vocational training has been terminated prematurely and it is currently not possible to take up in-company vocational training, even with additional support. You can then continue your training with a measure provider. The previous training period will be taken into account – if possible.

It doesn't really matter how old you are.

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

Your training will take place at a measure provider. The costs are covered by the Employment Agency. They receive a training allowance and are covered by social security.

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

For the theoretical part of the vocational training, you will attend a vocational school. Their 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, 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 in learning the German language,
  • preparation for class tests and exams,
  • Support for everyday problems,
  • Informative 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 will develop a very personal support plan based on the training framework plan.

During the external vocational training, your transition to in-company training is encouraged.

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 external 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 off-the-job vocational training if:

  • You have completed your compulsory schooling, whether with or without a school-leaving certificate.
  • You have not yet found an apprenticeship and have no perspective on how to proceed in the future.
  • Their integration into in-company vocational training cannot be achieved with support during training, for example with assisted training.
  • You have learning disabilities or are socially disadvantaged.

You belong to 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.

You belong to the group of socially disadvantaged people,

  • if there is considerable social, personal and/or psychological stress and the requirements of in-company training cannot be achieved as a result.
  • Indications for this can be:
  • Behavioral problems
  • Poor performance (e.g. reading and spelling difficulties)
  • Single parent
  • young people who have committed crimes
  • young people who had an addiction problem
  • young people with a migration background with language deficits or existing difficulties settling in a foreign environment.

If you want to continue your training in an external vocational training because your in-company or other external training relationship has been terminated prematurely, you do not have to belong to the group of people with learning disabilities or social disadvantages. The prerequisite for this is, among other things, that you can complete your training within the contract period of the measure and that there is a free place.

Special requirements for foreign nationals:

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 statutory exclusions apply. You can inquire about this at your local employment agency.

You are not entitled to participate in external vocational training if you

  • have come to Germany a maximum of 5 years ago to work, study or do an apprenticeship,
  • are permitted or tolerated.

As a newly entering foreigner eligible for funding, you can generally be funded after a period of residence of 3 months.

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

There is no deadline. Off-the-job vocational training usually begins in August or September of each year. You should therefore apply to the Employment Agency for participation as early as possible before the start of the external vocational training. 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.

You can find the office of the Federal Employment Agency responsible for you via the office finder.

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

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

  • Contact the responsible employment agency and arrange an interview. You are welcome to use the website of the Federal Employment Agency to make an appointment for a personal consultation or to submit documents and proofs online conveniently and securely.
    • If you receive benefits under SGB 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 office finder. It depends on where you live.
  • On site, the career counsellor of the Employment Agency will record your data and check whether you meet the requirements for participation in external vocational training.
  • If this is the case, the career counsellor of the Employment Agency will name the training provider suitable for your participation.
  • The Employment Agency informs the measure provider that you will start an apprenticeship with them.
  • Before the start of their training, they will be invited by the measure provider to a coordination or admission interview.
  • They conclude a training contract with the measure provider.
  • If the practical part of your training takes place in a company, you will also conclude a cooperation agreement with your measure provider and the company.
  • The measure provider will inform you in writing about the start of your training and the place of training and what you need to get started.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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