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Being offered a job opportunity


Have you been unemployed for a long time, possibly with health restrictions and would like to get back on your feet professionally? A work opportunity gives you, as a recipient of citizen's allowance, the opportunity to carry out an activity that prepares you for employment on the labor market.

The activities to be carried out must be additional, non-competitive and in the public interest.

A work opportunity can only be considered if your integration into the labor market cannot be achieved with other benefits. A work opportunity usually lasts up to 24 months. It can be extended by up to 12 months.

Work opportunities are carried out by a suitable organization. This can be, for example, an educational institution, a charitable and welfare-oriented company or a non-profit association.

The working hours are determined by the Jobcenter on a case-by-case basis.

Your contact person at the Jobcenter will assign you a work opportunity. In addition to your Citizen's Allowance, you will receive an additional expense allowance, for example for additional travel costs or work clothing. The amount of the additional expense allowance is based on the actual expenses incurred as a result of participating in the work opportunity. You will only receive the additional expenses allowance for hours in which you have actually performed work, i.e. not for sick leave, vacation days, weekends and public holidays.

You are insured against accidents through your training provider.

If you receive benefits in kind from your measure provider from your own funds, such as a monthly bus and train ticket, your additional work allowance will be reduced accordingly. If you receive additional cash benefits from the measure provider, these will be taken into account as income and offset against your citizen's allowance.

The costs required to carry out the work opportunities will be reimbursed to your measure provider.

The decision on a work opportunity is at the discretion of your Jobcenter. You do not have a legal entitlement to this support.

Have you been unemployed for a long time, may have health problems and would like to regain a foothold in your career? Through a job opportunity, you as a recipient of citizen's allowance have the opportunity to pursue an activity that prepares you for employment on the labor market.

The activities to be carried out must be additional, competition-neutral and in the public interest.

A job opportunity can only be considered if your integration into the labour market cannot be achieved with other benefits. A job opportunity usually lasts up to 24 months. It can be extended for up to 12 months.

Work opportunities are carried out by a suitable measure provider. This can be, for example, an educational institution, a charitable and public welfare-oriented company, but also a non-profit association.

The working hours are determined on a case-by-case basis by the job centre.

Your contact person at the job centre will assign you a job opportunity. In addition to your unemployment benefit II, you will receive an additional expense allowance, for example for additional travel costs or for work clothes. The amount of the additional expense allowance is based on the actual expenses incurred as a result of participation in the work opportunity. You will only receive the additional expense allowance for hours in which you have actually performed activities, i.e. not for sick leave, vacation days, weekends and public holidays.

You are insured against accidents through your measure provider.

If you receive benefits in kind from your own funds, such as a monthly ticket for bus and train, your additional expense allowance will be reduced accordingly. If you receive additional cash benefits from the measure provider, these will be taken into account as income and offset against your unemployment benefit II.

Your sponsor will be reimbursed for the costs necessary to carry out the work opportunities.

The decision on a job opportunity is at the discretion of your job center. You do not have a legal claim to this funding.

Process flow

You will receive a job opportunity from your contact person at the Jobcenter.

  • Your contact person will explain the type, scope and duration of the work and tell you who you will be working for. Your interests will also be taken into account.
  • You will also be informed of the details of the work opportunity in writing.
  • You can also confirm your assignment online.

Who should I contact?

You can find the Jobcenter responsible for you via the office finder.

Competent authority

You can find the Jobcenter responsible for you via the office finder.

Requirements

  • You can be assigned to a work opportunity if
    • this benefit is necessary for your integration into work and no other benefit can be considered for you to introduce you to the labor market and
    • you have not been assigned to work opportunities for more than 24 months within the last 5 years.
  • The work opportunity must
    • be additional, i.e. the work to be performed would not be carried out without the support, would not be carried out to the same extent or would only be carried out at a later date.
    • be in the public interest. Your work must therefore serve the general public, not commercial interests or a limited group of people.
    • be competition-neutral, i.e. no regular employment relationship may be displaced or prevented.

Which documents are required?

None

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

None

Processing duration

None. The work opportunity is usually agreed directly during the consultation.

Appeal

  • Objection to assignment to the work opportunity

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Professionally released on

01.12.2023

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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