Applying for funding for continuing vocational training at the Employment Agency
General support for further education with the education voucher:
With an education voucher, the Employment Agency can cover all or part of the costs of your continuing vocational training. Before you receive an education voucher, the responsible employment agency 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 Employment Agency 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:
As part of a further education funded by the Employment Agency and started before 31 December 2023, which leads to a qualification in a training occupation for which a training period of at least 2 years is stipulated under federal or state law, you will receive a further education bonus of EUR 1,000 after passing an intermediate examination regulated in these regulations and EUR 1,500 after 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
- Hours for caring for relatives
- Child-rearing times
- Periods of marginal employment
If you are entitled to unemployment benefit before the start of your training, you will also be paid unemployment benefit for the period of further training.
Acquisition of basic skills:
If you still lack basic skills in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics or information and communication technologies, the Employment Agency can, under certain conditions, also promote further training in these areas.
Support for employed employees:
The Employment Agency can also promote 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 75 % for micro-enterprises (up to 9 employees).
- up to 50 % for small and medium-sized enterprises (10 to 249 employees) and
- up to 25 % for companies with 250 or more employees,
- Subsidies for course costs:
- 100 % in micro-enterprises with up to 9 employees,
- up to 50 % in companies with up to 249 employees,
- up to 25 % in establishments with 250 or more employees,
- up to 15% for large companies with 2,500 or more employees,
- up to 100% in small and medium-sized enterprises (up to 249 employees) for older employees (aged 45 and over) or employees with a severe disability.
- In addition, up to 15% higher subsidies for course costs and remuneration in the event of a collective agreement or a company agreement on vocational qualification (plus 5%) and special training needs (plus 10%).
- Assumption of the full course costs and wage subsidy of up to 100% if low-skilled workers participate in employment 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 promotion together with your placement specialist:
- To do this, make an appointment at your employment agency responsible for your place of residence. Optionally, you can send a request online to your employment agency.
- In a personal interview, it will be clarified whether you need additional qualifications in order to find a job as quickly as possible.
- Your placement 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 placement 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 training provider confirms your admission to the course on the education voucher and informs the Employment Agency. The Employment Agency 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 both the Employment Agency and the educational institution.
- Even during the training, you will continue to be supervised by your responsible placement 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. You can then contact the Employment Agency and clarify the next steps.
As a rule, the costs for your further training can be covered if:
- you have taken part in counselling provided by the Employment Agency,
- 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 continuing vocational training funded by the Employment Agency 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 technology or are otherwise affected by structural change or you want to learn a bottleneck occupation (does not apply to older employees (aged 45 and over) or employees with a severe disability in small and medium-sized enterprises (up to 249 employees).
Which documents are required?
- Curriculum vitae
The education voucher is usually issued directly during the consultation.
§§ 81 to 87 of Book III of the Social Code (SGB III)
§ 131a Book III of the Social Code (SGB III)
Applications / forms
Forms available: No
Written form required: No
Informal application possible: Yes
Personal appearance required: Yes
Online services available: Yes
Technically approved by
Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)
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