General further education funding with the education voucher: With an education voucher, the employment agency or the job centre can assume the costs of your further vocational training in whole or in part. Before you receive an education voucher, the relevant employment agency or job centre will check with you whether further education is necessary for you. You can redeem the education voucher at an educational institution of your choice if it is approved for further education funding. The further education measure itself must also be approved and fit the education voucher. The education voucher specifies, among other things: the educational objective, the duration until the educational goal is reached, the contents of the qualification, the regional area of application and the period of validity in which you must have redeemed the education voucher and started your participation. The education voucher is generally valid at your place of residence and at places that you can reach daily from home. The further education costs that the Employment Agency or the Job Centre will pay for you usually include: Course costs and costs for the aptitude test, travel expenses, costs for accommodation and meals away from home, costs for child care. In the case of further training that begins before the end of 31.12.2023 and leads to a qualification in recognised training occupations of at least 2 years' duration, you will receive a further training bonus of EUR 1,500 for successfully passing the final examination. If the law or ordinance provides for an intermediate examination, you will receive EUR 1,000 for passing it. Subsequent acquisition of the lower secondary school leaving certificate: Under certain conditions, the subsequent acquisition of a secondary school leaving certificate or an equivalent qualification is also funded. Support for employees without a vocational qualification or with a vocational qualification that cannot be used (low-skilled workers): If you do not yet have a vocational qualification or have not worked in your learned occupation for more than 4 years and can no longer exercise the previously learned occupation due to occupational alienation, you will be supported by assumption of the further training costs if you participate in further training measures for the subsequent acquisition of a vocational qualification. The following are included in these 4 years Periods of employment in unskilled and semi-skilled work Unemployment periods spent caring for relatives Periods spent bringing up children If you are unemployed during the period of further training and receive unemployment benefit, you will continue to receive your unemployment benefit from the Employment Agency or continue to receive your unemployment benefit II during the period of further training. Acquisition of basic skills: If you still lack basic skills in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics or information and communication technologies for further training with which you want to acquire a vocational qualification, the Employment Agency or the Job Centre can also support further training in these areas under certain conditions. Funding for employed workers: The Employment Agency or the relevant job centre can also promote the further training of employees, particularly if they work in occupations that can be replaced by technologies or are otherwise affected by structural change or are seeking further training in a bottleneck occupation, i.e. in an occupation in which there is a shortage of skilled workers. In principle, your employer must contribute to the costs of the training course. He or she may also receive wage subsidies while you are undergoing further training. How large the share is depends on the size of the company: Subsidies towards wages: up to 25 percent for companies with 250 or more employees, up to 50 per cent for small and medium-sized enterprises (10 to 249 employees) and up to 75 percent for micro enterprises (less than 10 employees). Grants towards course costs: 100 percent in micro-enterprises with up to 9 employees, up to 50 percent in enterprises with up to 249 employees, up to 25 percent in companies with 250 employees or more, up to 15 per cent in large enterprises with 2,500 employees or more, up to 100 percent in small and medium-sized enterprises (up to 249 employees) for older employees (from the age of 45) or employees with a severe disability. In addition, up to 15 percent higher subsidies for training costs and pay if there is a collective agreement or a company agreement on vocational qualification or if there is a special need for further training. Assumption of the full costs of training courses and a wage subsidy of up to 100 per cent in the case of participation by low-skilled workers in further training courses with the aim of obtaining a vocational qualification.