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Apply for funding for people with disabilities who would like to complete further training at the job centre

If you need special help with professional reorientation or reorientation due to physical, psychological, sensory or learning impairments, you can take rehabilitation-specific further training. You can then either continue your training

  • in the company with the support of an educational institution (in-company retraining)
  • or directly in an educational institution
  • or in a vocational rehabilitation facility.

During your further training, you are covered by social insurance. The training costs are paid by the job centre, provided that the Federal Employment Agency is your responsible rehabilitation provider. Depending on the eligibility requirements, you will be entitled to citizen's allowance during the further training. From 01.07.2023, you will receive the citizen's allowance bonus of EUR 75.00 per month during further training lasting longer than eight weeks. During retraining leading to a vocational qualification, you will receive further training allowance of EUR 150.00 per month from 01.07.2023.

The aim of further training is to improve your chances of integration into the labour market, for example through qualification, and to find employment that is appropriate for your health. The following measures are possible:

Rehabilitation Preparatory Course (RVL)

In the RVL, you will receive support services that will prepare you for retraining. In addition, you will be supported in your search for a suitable retraining company. The regular duration of the RVL is 3 months.

Continuing vocational training with a degree

Through further training with a degree (= retraining), you can obtain a vocational qualification in a recognized training occupation. The retraining period usually covers 2/3 of the regular training period of the career goal. Funding is provided for the entire retraining period. If you have to repeat exams and your retraining period is extended as a result, the funding will also be extended.

If you complete a company retraining, you will receive socio-educational and, in some cases, psychological support, depending on your individual needs. The aim is for you to successfully complete your retraining and then find a job.

An educational institution accompanies you throughout the entire retraining period with teaching, support and counselling services and helps you with problems in the vocational school and company.

If it is not possible for you to undergo in-company retraining, you can complete it in an educational institution or a vocational rehabilitation institution.

The theoretical part of the retraining takes place in the educational institution or the institution of vocational rehabilitation and vocational schools. Part of the retraining is also remedial and remedial teaching as well as offers for exam preparation. The practical parts of the retraining are carried out by companies with which, if necessary, a retraining or cooperation agreement is concluded.

Continuing vocational training without a qualification

As part of further training without a degree, you can adapt your qualifications and knowledge to the current requirements of the labour market.

The content, duration and orientation of continuing education measures without a degree are diverse. They can include knowledge transfer, but also support for taking up work on the labour market and operational phases. This also includes integration measures.

Depending on the target group and equipment, the (educational) institutions have their own workshops, offices and companies with disability-friendly workplace design and provide you with pedagogical and, in some cases, psychological support.

Vocational rehabilitation facilities also offer living and leisure facilities and are available for occupational health issues.

Whether you can take part in rehabilitation-specific further training – with company support or in an (educational) institution – depends, among other things, on

  • whether the measure is suitable for you and your specific case in order to increase your chances on the labour market,
  • what your personal inclinations are and how they can be useful in your professional life,
  • what activities you have carried out so far, and
  • how the labour market is currently developing.

Process flow

In order for you to be able to receive rehabilitation-specific training, you must contact your employment agency or job centre:

  • To do this, make an appointment with the Vocational Rehabilitation and Participation Team of your Employment Agency or the integration specialist at your job centre.
    • If you do not yet have a personal contact person at the Employment Agency, make an appointment via the service hotline of the Federal Employment Agency.
    • If you are already being looked after by the job centre, make an appointment with your personal integration specialist.
  • During the consultation, it will be clarified whether rehabilitation-specific further training is suitable for you.
  • If your advisor determines that rehabilitation-specific training is an option for you, you will be notified immediately. Your advisor will also discuss with you the forms you need to fill out. You can also fill out the documents online.
  • You will receive a written notification as soon as a place is available.
  • The Employment Agency or the Job Centre will register you with the educational institution or the vocational rehabilitation facility.
  • You conclude a further training/participation contract with the training provider or institution and start your further training.


If you would like to complete rehabilitation-specific training, the following requirements apply:

  • You have a disability and your rehabilitation provider is the Federal Employment Agency.
  • Your prospects of participating in working life are significantly reduced, not only temporarily, due to the nature or severity of your disabilities.
    • Or: You are threatened with a disability with the same professional consequences.
  • Due to the nature and severity of your disabilities
    • the general benefits are not sufficient to promote your participation in working life,
    • you need special support from an educational institution, or
    • you must complete further education in a special institution of vocational rehabilitation.
  • They are willing to receive vocational training or to be integrated into the profession in some other way.
  • You can be expected to complete the training.

Which documents are required?

When contacting the Employment Agency or the Job Centre, please ask which documents you need.

What are the fees?


Processing duration

Processing usually takes several weeks. Once the service has been approved, the measure should begin as soon as possible in consultation with the provider.

Applications / forms

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


Objection to the job centre that issued the decision. Further information on how to file an objection can be found in the respective notice.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Professionally released on



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competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Arbeit
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes


Telephone: 05931 44-0
responsible for:
Address: Regensburger Straße 104, 90478 Nürnberg
Telephone: +49 800 45555-30
Telephone: +49 800 45555-20
Telephone: +49 800 45555-00
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:
Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

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