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Further funding programs provided by the German states

Financial Support for your professional further education

As education in Germany is the responsibility of the individual states, several states provide additional subsidies.

Training voucher scheme in Hamburg (Weiterbildungsbonus Hamburg)

Who can benefit from the subsidy?

Small and middle-sized companies with a headquarter or branch office in Hamburg as well as their employees and business founders. A small and middle-sized company is classified as such if it has fewer than 250 full-time employees and an annual turnover of maximum € 50 million. Employees need to be making social security contributions and earning more than € 400.

How much is subsidized?

50% of the trainings costs are subsidized. The maximum subsidy is € 750.

What else should be taken into account?

Employees can only use funding once per year. The educational institution has to be officially accredited or certified.

Training voucher scheme in Lower Saxony (Weiterbildung in Niedersachsen - WiN)

Who can benefit from the subsidy?

Small and middle-sized companies with a headquarter or branch office in Lower Saxony. Employees are eligible for a subsidy if the company has a maximum of 250 salaried employees. Company owners are eligible if they do not employ more than 50 employees.

How much is subsidized?

50% of the outright training costs in the south-western region (KWB) of Lower Saxony up to € 4,000 or 70% of the outright training costs in the north-eastern region (Konvergenz) up to € 5,000.

What else should be taken into account?

The company’s own contribution to the training costs can be made by the continued payment of wages if the training takes place during working hours. This does not apply to company owners. However, a minimum of 10% of the training costs must be paid monetarily. Expenses of maximum € 20 per whole hour per participant can be reimbursed. The individual training course must comprise at least 30 lessons.

Training voucher scheme in Rhineland-Palatinate (Qualifizierungsscheck in Rheinland-Pfalz)

Who can benefit from the subsidy?

Employees with a primary residence in Rhineland-Palatinate.

How much is subsidized?

The minimum subsidy is € 100. The maximum subsidy is € 500 per person, course, and calendar year in which costs are reimbursed. Training costs such as course and examination fees are subsidized. Other costs, including learning materials, travel costs and accommodation, are not subsidized.

What else should be taken into account?

The eligible training costs (training costs plus examination fees) must amount to at least € 1,000. Co-financing from the employer is not permitted.

Training voucher scheme in Schleswig-Holstein (Weiterbildungsbonus in Schleswig-Holstein)

Who can benefit from the subsidy?

Company employees, apprentices, small-company owners and freelance professionals with fewer than 10 employees.

 

People who work from home and their equivalents are also classed as employees, as well as people who, on account of their economic dependence, are deemed to be self-employed.

How much is subsidized?

Subsidies for professional training courses which are financed by the European Social Fund may not exceed 50% of the eligible costs or a maximum of € 2,000. The employer is liable to pay the remaining costs.

What else should be taken into account?

Seminar costs less than € 160 or seminars which have fewer than 16 hours will not be subsidized. The maximum subsidy per seminar and participant is € 2,000.

 

Employers have to cover at least 50% of the seminar costs. Freelance professionals and small-company owners have to cover the costs of the employer.

 

The training seminar must last a minimum of 2 full days (16 hours) and a maximum of 400 hours. Training seminars that last for more than 400 hours can only be subsidized if they cannot be subsidized through the The Upgrading Training Assistance Act (AFBG).

 

 

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