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Apply for funding for vocational training at the job centre


General support for further education with the education voucher:

With an education voucher, the job centre can cover all or part of the costs of your continuing vocational training. Before you receive an education voucher, the responsible job centre will check with you whether further training is necessary for you.

You can redeem the education voucher at an educational institution of your choice if it is approved for further education funding.

The training measure itself must also be approved and fit the education voucher. The education voucher specifies, among other things:

  • the educational objective,
  • the duration until the educational goal is achieved,
  • the contents of the qualification,
  • the regional scope, and
  • the validity period during which you must have redeemed the education voucher and started your participation.

The education voucher is generally valid at your place of residence and at places that you can reach daily from home.

The training costs that the job centre pays for you usually include:

  • course costs and aptitude assessment costs,
  • travel expenses,
  • costs for accommodation and meals abroad,
  • Costs for the care of children.

Continuing education bonuses:

If you start further training before 31.12.2023 with which you acquire a vocational qualification in a recognised training occupation, you will receive EUR 1,000 for passing an intermediate examination regulated by law or ordinance and EUR 1,500 for passing the final examination.

Subsequent acquisition of the lower secondary school leaving certificate:

Under certain conditions, support is also provided for the subsequent acquisition of the lower secondary school leaving certificate or an equivalent qualification.

Support for employees without a vocational qualification or with a non-usable vocational qualification (low-skilled workers):

If you do not yet have a vocational qualification or have not worked in your learned profession for more than 4 years and can no longer practice the previously learned profession due to occupational alienation, you will be supported by taking over the further training costs if you participate in further training measures for the subsequent acquisition of a vocational qualification.

These 4 years include:

  • Periods of unskilled and semi-skilled employment
  • Unemployment
  • Hours for caring for relatives
  • Child-rearing times

If you are still in need of assistance according to SGB II during the training period, you will continue to receive your unemployment benefit II during the further training.

Acquisition of basic skills:

If you still lack basic skills in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics or information and communication technologies for further training with which you want to obtain a vocational qualification, the job centre can also promote further training in these areas under certain conditions.

Support for employed employees:

The Employment Agency is responsible for this type of support.

However, the responsible job centre can advise you with regard to the further training of employees, especially if they work in occupations that can be replaced by technologies or are otherwise affected by structural change or are seeking further training in a bottleneck occupation, i.e. in an occupation in which there is a shortage of skilled workers.

In principle, your employer must contribute to the costs of the course. He can also get wage subsidies while you are doing further education. How large the share is depends on the size of the company:

  • Wage subsidies:
    • up to 25 percent for companies with 250 or more employees,
    • up to 50 percent for small and medium-sized enterprises (10 to 249 employees) and
    • up to 75 per cent for micro-enterprises (less than 10 employees).
  • Subsidies for course costs:
    • 100 percent in micro-enterprises with up to 9 employees,
    • up to 50 percent in companies with up to 249 employees,
    • up to 25 percent in companies with 250 or more employees,
    • up to 15 percent for large companies with 2,500 or more employees,
    • up to 100 percent in small and medium-sized enterprises (up to 249 employees) for older employees (from the age of 45) or employees with a severe disability.
  • In addition, up to 15 percent higher subsidies for course costs and remuneration in the case of a collective agreement or a company agreement for vocational qualification or special further training needs.
  • Assumption of the full course costs and salary subsidy of up to 100 percent if low-skilled people participate in further training with the aim of obtaining a vocational qualification.

If you are unemployed or threatened with unemployment or want to catch up on a vocational qualification, you can only initiate your continuing education support together with your integration specialist:

  • Make an appointment at your job centre, which is responsible for your place of residence. Optionally, you can send an inquiry online to your job center.
  • If you receive unemployment benefit II, the job centre in whose district you live is responsible. In a personal interview, it will be clarified whether you need additional qualifications in order to find a job as quickly as possible.
  • Your integration specialist will then check whether you meet the requirements for funding.
  • Under certain conditions, the medical service or the occupational psychological service can also be involved in determining aptitude.
  • Education voucher:
    • Your integration specialist usually issues you the education voucher directly during the consultation.
    • You choose a suitable course yourself and register.
  • Before the start of the measure, the educational institution confirms your admission to the course on the education voucher and informs the job center. The job center will then check whether the course fits the education voucher and whether you meet the admission requirements. If this is the case, it is possible to promote the further training and you can start with the further training.
  • You should already start applying for suitable vacancies during your training.
  • If you fall ill during the course, you must inform the job centre and the training provider.
  • Even during the training, you will continue to be looked after by your responsible integration specialist and discuss the further steps of your job search with him, especially before the end of the training measure.

If you are employed, discuss your training needs with your employer. He then contacts the Employment Agency to discuss the next steps. Alternatively, you can contact your integration specialist at the job centre yourself.

As a rule, the costs for your further training can be covered if:

  • you have taken part in counselling by the job centre,
  • the further training is necessary to end your unemployment, to catch up on a missing vocational qualification or to avert the threat of unemployment
  • the acquisition of enhanced vocational skills improves individual employability and the training is appropriate with a view to the labour market, and
  • the training measure and the training provider are approved for the promotion of continuing education.

Funding is also possible for employees under certain conditions if:

  • the continuing training goes beyond short-term adaptation training exclusively related to the workplace,
  • the professional qualification is usually at least 4 years ago,
  • you have not participated in vocational training funded by the Employment Agency or the Job Centre in the last 4 years prior to application,
  • the training is carried out outside the company or by an approved institution in the company,
  • lasts more than 120 hours,
  • the institution and the measure are approved, and

You carry out activities that can be replaced by technologies or are otherwise affected by structural change or you want to learn a bottleneck occupation.

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The education voucher is usually issued directly during the consultation.

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

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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