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If you do not live with your parents during your training, you can apply for a vocational training allowance to cover your living costs.
The vocational training allowance (Berufsausbildungsbeihilfe, BAB) helps you to cover your living costs if you cannot live with your parents during your training. This may be the case, for example, if your training place is too far away from your parents' home or if you already have your own family and household.
As a rule, you can only receive the vocational training allowance for your first training course. In exceptional cases and under strict conditions, however, you can also receive the vocational training allowance for your second training, even if you have already completed your first training. You can also receive vocational training assistance for vocational preparation measures (BVB) and in the training preparation phase of assisted training (AsA).
If your application is approved, you will receive the vocational training allowance
- in the case of vocational training: for 18 months
- in the case of other training measures: for 12 months
After that, your vocational training allowance can be extended, provided that your training without a measure has not yet come to an end. You can also get the vocational training allowance for shorter periods.
It does not matter whether you are undergoing in-company or external vocational training. The only important thing is that it is a recognised training occupation. Vocational training in accordance with Part 2 of the Nursing Professions Act is eligible for assistance if it is carried out in a company. In principle, training abroad can also be funded with the vocational training allowance, but there are additional requirements for this.
Aid for school-based vocational preparation measures cannot be granted.
How much the BAB will be in your case depends on your income, because this will be counted towards the BAB. You can even work a mini-job on a 450-euro basis alongside your training without this mini-job being counted towards your BAB.
Your parents' income will only be taken into account if it exceeds certain allowances. This also applies to the income of the person to whom you are married or in a civil partnership. If you are taking part in a vocational preparation course, no income will be taken into account as a rule.
The vocational training allowance is paid monthly in arrears. If you are not entitled to vocational training allowance for the full month, you will receive one thirtieth of the monthly amount for each calendar day.
If you interrupt your training due to illness, you will continue to receive vocational training allowance until the end of the third calendar month following the onset of the illness, for no longer than the duration of the training relationship. The day of the illness counts towards this three-month period.
The vocational training allowance is paid as a grant; you do not have to repay the benefit.
In the case of vocational training:
- Your training contract
- Evidence of your income (certificate from the training institution confirming your training allowance)
- Proof of the income of your parents and, if applicable, of your spouse or registered partner (tax assessment notice or annual salary certificate for the calendar year before last).
Under certain circumstances, the Employment Agency may request further documents.
Online procedure possible: yes
Written form required: yes
Personal appearance required: no
You and your vocational training must be eligible to receive the vocational training grant.
- You do not live with your parents during your training because
- the training company is too far away from your parents' home or
- are at least 18 years old or
- are or were married or
- have at least one child living with you.
Even if you are not German, you are generally entitled to vocational training allowance, unless
- You have a residence permit in accordance with the Asylum Act.
- You are tolerated and have been staying in Germany for less than 15 months without interruption on a permitted, approved or tolerated basis.
you cannot raise the necessary funds to cover the following costs:
- Costs of living
- Travel costs between accommodation and training centre or vocational school
- Journeys home
- Working clothes
- Childcare costs
Eligible vocational training:
- It is your first vocational training or
- if it is not your first vocational training: you cannot be permanently integrated into a profession in any other way.
You are undergoing vocational training.
- which is recognised under the Vocational Training Act, the Crafts Code or the Maritime Labour Act
- or vocational training in accordance with Part 2 of the Nursing Professions Act.
- You will conclude a vocational training contract.
If you have a disability, you can also get vocational training allowance if
- you are undergoing vocational training that deviates from the training regulations for state-recognised training occupations or in special forms for disabled people,
- you have to extend your training
- you are repeating all or part of your training because of your disability and permanent participation in working life would otherwise not be possible, or
- you live in the household of your parents or one of your parents.
Additional prerequisite for vocational preparation training measures:
- The pre-vocational training measure is carried out on behalf of the Employment Agency.
A training or pre-vocational training measure abroad is eligible for funding as follows:
In the case of partial training abroad, if
- the part of the training abroad does not last longer than 1 year and
- the part of the training abroad appears to be appropriate with regard to the overall duration of the training
in the case of complete training abroad,
- if the training abroad is particularly conducive to the applicant's career objective and
- it is officially confirmed that the training abroad is equivalent to in-company training in Germany
in the case of vocational preparation training taking place partly abroad, if
- the part abroad does not exceed half of the planned funding period and
- the part abroad appears to be appropriate with regard to the overall duration of the measure.
After the premature dissolution of a training relationship (training termination), funding may be provided again if there was a justified reason for the dissolution.
§§ 56 bis 72 Sozialgesetzbuch Drittes Buch (SGB III)
Informationen zur Berufsausbildungsbeihilfe auf der Internetseite der Bundesagentur für Arbeit
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You can apply for vocational training allowance in writing.
If you would like to submit the application by post:
- You can get the application form from the employment agency responsible for you.
- Fill in the application form and submit it with the other documents to the Employment Agency.
- The Employment Agency will check your entitlement. Your own income, the income of your parents or that of your spouse or registered partner will be taken into account. In addition, allowances and additional needs are taken into account.
- You will then receive the decision by post.
- The vocational training allowance will be transferred to your account each month.
If you would like to submit the application online
- Go to the website of the Federal Employment Agency, you will be guided step by step through the application process.
- Submit the supporting documents by post or online.
- The Employment Agency will check your claim. Your own income, the income of your parents or that of your spouse or registered partner will be taken into account. In addition, allowances and additional needs are taken into account.
- You will then receive the decision by post
- The vocational training allowance will be transferred to your account every month.
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