Support options

Support options
Can I get (financial) support if I employ asylum applicants?

There are various possibilities of receiving support if you want to employ recognised refugees, asylum applicants or asylum seekers with a “Duldung” (temporary suspension of removal). You have to clarify with the employer service of your local employment agency if you and your specific case fulfil the requirements,

What is an assisted vocational training?

Before and during a vocational training, the trainees and you as training company can find support in the assisted vocational training (“Assistierte Ausbildung”, AsA). You can get help with the administration, organisation and implementation of the training and can receive guidance during the day-to-day work in your business.

Recognised refugees can readily apply for this form of support. Asylum seekers with a temporary suspension of removal (“Duldung”) can apply after 15 months in Germany. Asylum applicants with a “Aufenthaltsgestattung” (permission to remain in Germany) are not eligible to receive AsA.

What other kind of support is there for young people?

Assistance during training (“ausbildungsbegleitende Hilfen”, abH) can support young people during a vocational training or an introductory training (see below). If necessary, the assistance can include additional courses (general or theoretical knowledge), language classes or social and educational support. This form of assistance is carried out by training providers on behalf of the employment agencies or job centres; the courses take place in small groups and last 3 to 8 hrs/week (usually outside working hours).

As with the AsA, recognised refugees can readily apply for the abH. Young asylum seekers with a temporary suspension of removal (“Duldung”) can apply after 15 months of legal residence in Germany. Asylum applicants are not eligible to receive the assistance.

What is an introductory training for young people?

During an introductory training (“Einstiegsqualifizierung”, EQ) possible trainees can acquire basic vocational competences. As a training company, you have the possibility to get to know your future trainee and his/her skills in a professional environment. An introductory training usually lasts at least 6 to max. 12 months.

Recognised refugees can readily apply for this form of support. Young asylum applicants can be supported after 3 months in Germany, asylum seekers with a temporary suspension of removal (“Duldung”) after receiving their Duldung – provided that they fulfil the requirements. Additionally, young people with a permission to remain in Germany (“Aufenthaltsgestattung”) or a Duldung are required to present a consent of the immigration office.

What is an integration subsidy?

An integration subsidy (“Eingliederungszuschuss”, EGZ) is a financial grant for businesses wanting to employ someone whose professional experiences or competences are not (yet) sufficient for the existing job. The amount and the duration of the subsidy may vary according to the individual skills the job seeker brings with him/her for the specific job opening. For elderly, disabled and severely disabled people the scope of the subsidy can be extended.

What are measures for activation and integration?

To find out about the level of professional skills and to provide new skills, a company can carry out a measure for activation and professional integration (up to 6 weeks). The responsible employment agency decides in each individual case if such a measure is necessary and if the requirements are fulfilled.

If a continuous and legal residence is expected, asylum applicants are allowed to participate in such a measure immediately and even during their first 3 months in Germany. Among those are applicants from countries of origin such as Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Eritrea.

What does WeGebAU stand for?

WeGebAU stands for the German „Weiterbildung Geringqualifizierter Beschäftigter und Beschäftigte in KMU“ and provides continuous training for low-skilled employees in small and medium-sized enterprises. If your company employs low-skilled workers who are taking part in trainings aiming at a recognised vocational qualification (e.g. retraining, preparatory courses for external exams), you can receive a wage subsidy for the times missed by the employee. The employee can be reimbursed for the entire costs of the course while travel expenses and similar costs can be partly covered.