Support for Companies
The Qualification Opportunities Act
Further Training Initiative of the Federal Employment Agency
- What does the program include?
The WeGebAU program (Further Training for Low-Skilled and Employed Older Workers in Companies) is designed for employees who lack vocational qualifications, have not been working in their trained profession, or have been unskilled in a profession for at least four years. It also targets employees who are at least 45 years old.
The Qualification Opportunities Act expanded this program by allowing companies with over 250 employees to offer subsidized further training, such as upgrading or adaptation training, to their employees in order to secure their positions.
The basic requirements for this program include maintaining an ongoing employment relationship beyond the training period and implementing the qualification measures through an external, certified training provider, such as the Learn and Speak Language Center.
You can find a summary of the available possibilities for funding here.
- What is funded?
Under the aforementioned conditions, qualification measures, including language courses, are eligible for funding from the Federal Employment Agency. The objective is to enhance the qualifications of employed workers and alleviate shortages in occupations with high demand.
- How is funding provided?
Funding is provided through a subsidy that covers up to 100% of the costs of further training. Additionally, the employer's liability for any lost work time by the employee can be reduced by up to 75% of the employee's salary.
For more information about the subsidy, please visit https://www.bmas.de.
- What are the requirements for funding?
To be eligible for the subsidy,
- the further training must be offered by an external, certified training provider, such as the LaS Center.
- the training should focus on acquiring future-oriented qualifications and must consist of at least 120 training hours.
- there should have been no comparable further training within the past four years.
- How do I get the funding?
We are here to assist you in the application process for funding. We can connect you with the employer service, which will help you develop a funding strategy tailored to your needs.
For more detailed information, please visit https://www.bmas.de/.