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Apply for vocational training for people with disabilities who are fully incapacitated for work

Due to the nature or severity of your disability, you are currently not, not yet, or not yet able to be employed again on the general labor market? If so, the Federal Employment Agency will, under certain conditions, provide funding for services in the entry procedure and vocational training area in a recognized workshop for people with disabilities or with another service provider.

The aim of the support is to offer you appropriate vocational training in particular. The vocational training is based on the conditions of the general labor market and should be carried out as close to the workplace or in the company as possible. As far as possible, your capabilities should be developed in such a way that you are able to work in the general labor market or that you are subsequently able to take up employment in the field of work, for example in a workshop for disabled people.

In this development process, you will be continuously supported by workshops or other service providers by being instructed, supervised, accompanied and trained. If your employment agency is the responsible rehabilitation provider, it will assume the costs.

Accompanying services are available to you throughout the entire measure. They provide medical, educational, psychological and social support.

The services are funded for a maximum of 27 months and are divided into 2 phases: the initial procedure and the vocational training area.

Entrance procedure

In the initial procedure, it is determined whether the services in the vocational training area and, in perspective, in the work area will help you to participate in working life. Here, for example, it is determined which work areas and employment opportunities are suitable for you or whether other vocational training services are also suitable for you. These findings on your performance potential form the basis for the individual integration plan that is developed for you and with you. The integration plan contains statements about your specific support needs, the support measures and your career prospects.

The support usually lasts 3 months. The support period can be shortened to up to 4 weeks.

Vocational training area

In the vocational training area, you will receive a vocational qualification that is geared to your individual support needs. For example, you will be taught vocational knowledge and skills, such as how to handle materials, tools or machines. In this way, you will learn to carry out professional activities independently. In addition, you will be supported in strengthening your social skills and developing your personality. You can also complete all or part of the vocational training measures in companies on the general labor market, for example through a company internship or at an outsourced vocational training center.

Qualification takes place both through individual measures and through courses. You have a say in the decisions about your individual qualification path.

During the initial procedure and the vocational training area, you are entitled to either transitional allowance or training allowance. You are also covered by health, nursing, accident and pension insurance.

Process flow

In order for you to receive benefits in the entrance procedure/vocational training area, you must contact your employment agency:

  • To do so, make an appointment with the Vocational Rehabilitation and Participation Team at your employment agency.
  • If you do not yet have a personal contact person at your employment agency, make an appointment via the service hotline of the Federal Employment Agency.
  • In a personal meeting, you will clarify together whether services in the entry procedure and vocational training area are an option for you.
  • If your advisor determines that the support will help you to participate in working life, you will discuss together the possible alternatives for implementing these services (for example, in a workshop or with another service provider, as a personal budget).
  • Your counselor will also discuss with you the forms you need to fill out. You can also fill out the documents online.
  • The Employment Agency will register you with the workshop or the other service provider. You will then be informed about the specific start of your participation.


  • You have a disability and your rehabilitation provider is the Federal Employment Agency.
  • Your prospects of participating in or returning to working life are not only temporarily significantly reduced due to the nature or severity of your disability and you therefore need assistance to participate in working life.
    • Or: You are threatened by a disability with the same occupational consequences.
  • Due to the nature or severity of your disabilities, you are not, not yet, or not yet able to return to work in the general labor market.
  • It is expected that you will be able to perform at least a "minimum of economically usable work" following the vocational training measures.

Other requirements:

  • You have no extraordinary need for supervision and/or care.
  • You do not endanger yourself or others through your social behavior (influenced by the disability).

Which documents are required?

Please ask your advisor what documentation you will need when you contact him or her.

What are the fees?


Processing duration

Processing usually takes several weeks. Once the service has been approved, the aim is to start the measure as soon as possible in coordination with the provider.

Applications / forms

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


Appeal to the employment agency that issued the decision. Further information on how to file an appeal can be found in the respective notice.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)