Support programmes for companies

Invest actively in the skills of your employees and use state subsidies for this purpose.

Government support programmes for companies

Improve your chances on the market, create important competitive advantages and release innovative forces. Invest actively in the skills of your employees and secure the future of your company.

It is therefore worthwhile to further qualify your own employees with the financial support of the Federal Employment Agency and the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

WeGebAU - Further training for low-skilled and older workers employed in enterprises

The Federal Employment Agency supports the qualification of employees who do not have a vocational qualification or who have not practised their profession for at least four years with the programme "Further training for low-skilled and older employees in companies" (WeGebAU). The target group also includes employees in small and medium-sized enterprises.

Eligible groups of persons are:

Low-skilled employees who either do not have a vocational qualification according to the Vocational Training Act, have not successfully completed a course of study or have been engaged in an unskilled activity for at least four years that does not usually require vocational training. In addition to the costs for the arrangement, part of the employer's wage costs can also be reimbursed.

As of April 1, 2012, qualified employees under the age of 45 can also be supported - but only if at least half of the course costs are covered by the employer and only if the further training measure begins before December 31, 2019 (§ 131a SGB III).

The Federal Employment Agency issues training vouchers with which employees can usually choose their new qualification from various offers. The qualifications must be certified in accordance with AZAV, formerly AZWV, and preferably lead to a recognised vocational qualification. Certified partial qualifications are also eligible for funding.

Newly hired employees who belong under the group of eligible persons are also entitled to qualification according to WeGebAU - irrespective of the probationary period.

An employment relationship (possibly limited in time) must exist throughout the qualification period. Conditions, periods of notice etc. continue to exist. This means, among other things, that employees and employers do not enter into any additional commitment or obligation when using WeGebAU.

Double subsidies, such as a combination with an integration allowance, are not possible.

If the employee receives supplemental unemployment benefit II - so-called supplemental unemployment benefit - the Federal Employment Agency will not provide support.

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