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If you are looking for or starting a new job or training, you can, for example, have your expenses for application documents or for travel to an interview reimbursed by your employment agency or job centre.

The funding from the placement budget is intended to support you in looking for and taking up a new job or in-company training (if you receive ALG II, also school-based training). The employment agency or the job centre can support you financially by, for example, covering the costs of your job application, job training, etc.

  • job applications,
  • journeys or trips to job interviews,
  • necessary documents (for example, certified copies, translations) or
  • moving expenses (if you have to move for the new job).

can be covered.

Your placement or integration specialist will check and decide which costs can be covered upon your request / application before the expected costs are incurred.

You can receive the subsidy if you are

  • are unemployed or threatened by unemployment, i.e. have already received your notice of termination, and wish to take up employment subject to compulsory insurance, or
  • are looking for in-company training or
  • are receiving benefits from the basic income support scheme and are aiming either for one of the above-mentioned options or to take up school-based training.

You can also receive the subsidy if you are seeking or starting employment subject to compulsory insurance in a member state of the European Union (EU), a signatory state to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or in Switzerland. The prerequisite is that you pursue the employment for at least 15 hours per week.

You cannot receive support from the placement budget if

  • the employer provides similar benefits
  • other public-law bodies are legally obliged to pay similar benefits, or
  • job applications are not sent by yourself.

Please note that you have no legal entitlement to funding from the placement budget. Your employment agency or job center decides whether and to what extent you receive financial support. You must also provide evidence of your expenses.

Depending on the support you have applied for, you will have to submit the relevant supporting documents. Your placement or integration specialist will tell you which documents must be attached to the application.

Forms: yes
Online procedure possible: yes
Written form required: yes
Personal appearance required: no


  • You are threatened by unemployment or unemployed and want to take up employment subject to compulsory insurance.
  • You are looking for in-company (in the area of basic security also school-based) training.
  • Funding from the placement budget must be applied for before the costs are incurred.

Related Links

  • § 16 Absatz 1 Sozialgesetzbuch Zweites Buch (SGB II)
  • § 44 Sozialgesetzbuch Drittes Buch (SGB III)

Related Links

  • Informationen zur Förderung aus dem Vermittlungsbudget auf der Internetseite der Bundesagentur für Arbeit für den Bereich Sozialgesetzbuch II
  • Merkblatt "Was? Wie viel? Wer? (SGB II)" der Bundesagentur für Arbeit

You can apply for funding from the placement budget in writing to your local employment agency or job centre.

  • Make an appointment with your placement or integration specialist at the employment agency or job centre.
  • We will then discuss with you whether funding from the placement budget is possible and what support services can be offered.
  • You will receive the relevant application documents from your placement or integration specialist.
  • Fill out the documents, enclose the necessary proofs or receipts and send the documents back to the Employment Agency or the Job Centre.
  • Please note that you must apply for funding and reimbursement from the placement budget before you incur any costs.
  • You will receive a written decision as to whether the costs will be covered. You can tick the box in the application form if you do not wish to receive a decision as long as your application is granted in full.
  • The eligible costs will be paid into the account you have specified.

If you are a customer of the Employment Agency and would like to apply for reimbursement of your travel expenses to job interviews, you can also do this online:

  • Arrange with your placement specialist for financial support from the placement budget.
  • Ask your placement officer to activate your account for the online platform "eService" of the Federal Employment Agency.
  • Before the interview: Call up the online platform "eService". Fill out the application form for the reimbursement of travel expenses - this is also how you inform your employment agency about your job interview.
  • After the interview: state the costs incurred in your application and upload the relevant personalised evidence (e.g. train tickets, employer confirmation) online.

You cannot use the eService if you are a Jobcentre customer. Please contact your job centre.

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