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Apply to the Employment Agency for funding for people with disabilities who would like to complete further training


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

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

During your continuing education, you are covered by social security. The further training costs are paid by the Employment Agency, provided that the Federal Employment Agency is your responsible rehabilitation provider. Depending on the eligibility requirements, you are entitled to transitional allowance during the training. During retraining leading to a recognised vocational qualification, you will receive further training allowance of EUR 150.00 per month from 01.07.2023.

The aim of the 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:

Rehab Preparation Course (RVL)

At 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 RVL usually lasts 3 months.

Continuing vocational training with a degree

Through further training with a degree (= retraining), you can obtain a vocational qualification in a recognised training occupation. The retraining period usually covers 2/3 of the regular training period of the occupational 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 in-company retraining, you will receive socio-pedagogical 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 vocational school and company.

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

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

Continuing vocational training without a degree

As part of a training course 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 in taking up work on the labour market and in-company phases. This also includes integration measures.

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

Vocational rehabilitation facilities also offer housing and leisure facilities and are available for occupational health questions.

Whether you are able to undertake rehabilitation-specific further training – supported by the company or in an (educational) institution – depends, among other things, on:

  • whether the measure is suitable for you and your specific case 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 to receive rehabilitation-specific training, you must contact your employment agency:

  • To do this, make an appointment with the Vocational Rehabilitation and Participation team at your employment agency.
    • If you do not yet have a personal contact person at the Employment Agency, please make an appointment via the service hotline of the Federal Employment Agency.
  • During the consultation, it will be clarified whether rehab-specific training is suitable for you.
  • If your counsellor determines that you are eligible for rehabilitation-specific training, you will be immediately marked for it. Your advisor will also discuss the forms you need to fill out with you. You can also fill out the documents online.
  • You will receive a written notification as soon as a place is available.
  • The Employment Agency will register you with the educational institution or the institution of vocational rehabilitation.
  • You conclude a continuing education/participation contract with the educational institution or institution and start your further training.

Who should I contact?

You can find the office of the Federal Employment Agency responsible for you via the service finder.

Competent authority

You can find the office of the Federal Employment Agency responsible for you via the service finder.

Requirements

If you would like to complete a rehabilitation-specific training course, 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 not only temporarily significantly reduced due to the nature or severity of your disability.
    • 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 training in a special institution of vocational rehabilitation.
  • They are willing to undergo vocational training or to be professionally integrated in some other way.
  • It is expected that you will achieve the completion of the continuing education.

Which documents are required?

When contacting the Employment Agency, please ask what documents you need.

What are the fees?

None

Processing duration

The 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

Appeal

Appeal to the Employment Agency, which 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

30.05.2023

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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