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Apply for funding for continuing vocational training

General promotion of continuing education with the education voucher:

With an education voucher, the Employment Agency or the Job Centre can cover all or part of the costs of your further vocational training. Before you receive an education voucher, the responsible employment agency or 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 the promotion of continuing education.
The training measure itself must also be approved and match the education voucher. The education voucher stipulates, among other things:

  • the educational goal,
  • the duration until the educational goal is achieved,
  • the contents of the qualification,
  • the regional scope, and
  • the period of validity 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 in places that you can reach daily from home.

The training costs that the Employment Agency or the Job Center pay for you usually include:

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

For further training courses that begin before the end of 31.12.2023 and lead to a degree in recognised training occupations with a duration of at least 2 years, you will receive a further training bonus of EUR 1,500 for successful participation in the final examination. If the law or regulation provides for an intermediate examination, you will receive EUR 1,000 for passing.

Subsequent acquisition of the lower secondary school leaving certificate:

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

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

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 costs of further training if you participate in further training measures for the subsequent acquisition of a vocational qualification.
These 4 years include:

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

If you are unemployed during the training period and receive unemployment benefit, you will continue to receive your unemployment benefit from the Employment Agency during the training or continue to receive your unemployment benefit II.

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 Employment Agency or the Job Centre can also promote further training in these areas under certain conditions.

Support for employed employees:

The Employment Agency or the responsible job centre can also promote the further training of employees, in particular if they work in occupations that can be replaced by technology or are otherwise affected by structural change or if they are seeking further training in a bottleneck occupation, i.e. in a profession in which there is a shortage of skilled workers.

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

  • Subsidies for remuneration:
    • up to 25 percent for companies with more than 250 employees,
    • up to 50 percent for small and medium-sized enterprises (10 to 249 employees) and
    • up to 75 percent for micro-enterprises (less than 10 employees).
  • Subsidies for the 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 more than 250 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 the course costs and the salary in the presence of a collective agreement or a company agreement for professional qualification or in the case of special training needs.
  • Assumption of the full course costs and remuneration subsidy up to 100 percent if low-skilled people participate in further training with the aim of obtaining a vocational qualification.

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

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