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Promotion of an activation and occupational integration measure from the Employment Agency

The Employment Agency can support measures to support you in your professional (re-)integration and to improve your chances of integration into the labour market. These activation and occupational integration measures are specifically aimed at:

  • to introduce you to the training and labour market and to identify, reduce or remove obstacles to placement which make it difficult for you to integrate into the labour market,
  • to provide you with employment subject to compulsory insurance,
  • to introduce you to self-employment, or
  • stabilise the taking up of employment.

You can take part in measures with an institution or an employer. In addition, you can obtain an activation and placement voucher for the involvement of a private employment agency.

The Employment Agency can commission institutions with the implementation of measures and assign you a place to participate.

However, you can also receive an activation and placement voucher from the Employment Agency for registration with a provider of your choice. The voucher contains information about the goal and the contents of the measure, which will be discussed and agreed with you in advance.

The maximum possible funding period depends on the objective of the measure and your individual support needs and is partly regulated by law. Thus, measures can take place with an employer for a maximum of 6 weeks. If you are long-term unemployed or have special placement obstacles, you can participate for up to 12 weeks.

The transfer of professional knowledge may not exceed 8 weeks. Longer qualifications or measures leading to a vocational qualification can be supported for adults through the promotion of continuing vocational training (education voucher).

The Employment Agency informs and advises you on offers and funding opportunities.

There is no legal entitlement to funding. Your Employment Agency decides whether and to what extent you will receive support.

Exception: After six weeks of unemployment and entitlement to unemployment benefits, you are generally legally entitled to an activation and placement voucher to commission a private employment agency.

Process flow

The promotion of a measure for activation and occupational integration must be approved by your employment agency before the start of the measure.

  • Please arrange a personal consultation appointment with the employment agency responsible for you.
  • In a joint discussion, your counselling and placement specialist will discuss the necessary support needs with you and advise you on the right type of measure.
  • If the decision is positive, you will receive the approval documents with information on the type, objective, content of the measure, duration and scope of the measure and which costs will be covered.
  • If you participate in the measure without approval of participation, you may have to bear the costs of the measure yourself and if you are in receipt with the Employment Agency, you will no longer receive unemployment benefit.


  • You are
    • unemployed
    • threatened with unemployment and seeking work,
    • Registered as seeking training.
  • The necessity of the support service was determined in conversation with your counselling and placement specialist.
  • The participation was approved by your employment agency before the start of the measure.

Which documents are required?

The necessity of the support service must be determined in conversation with your counselling and placement specialist.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There is no deadline. Contact your counselling and placement specialist at the Employment Agency in good time before the planned start of the measure.

Applications / forms

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



Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labour 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)