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Bildungsgutschein Info & Tips for the application
Applying for a German Bildungsgutschein (education voucher) is not difficult. However, as with any official application, there are some important points that need to be taken into account.
These tips will put your mind at rest when applying for further training at the employment agency or job centre. You are then ready to start your online Business English course with us.
Advantages of a Bildungsgutschein English course with us
Bildungsgutschein Info & FAQs
A Bildungsgutschein is an official education voucher from the Federal Employment Agency. It enables you to learn new skills required to increase employment opportunities. All costs incurred as part of your further training are covered by the Bildungsgutschein.
The voucher states the training objective, the maximum course duration, the validity period and the local area of validity. It is generally valid for three months from the date of issue. You must start the training course within this period, otherwise the voucher will lose its validity.
Anyone who is unemployed or looking for work and would like to undertake further training or retraining can apply for a Bildungsgutschein.
Conditions: An applicant’s permanent place of residence must be within Germany and further training is necessary in order to:
(1) end unemployment with an expansion of skills to improve of employment opportunities
(2) avert imminent unemployment (e.g. in the event of short-time working or temporary employment)
Even if you are employed, you can receive a Bildungsgutschein if you would like to continue your training as part of your existing employment relationship.
Please note: There is no legal entitlement to a Bildungsgutschein. It is a discretionary benefit from the employment agency or job centre. This means that it will be issued by your relevant employment agency if they see a need for further training. You should therefore prepare good arguments for the discussion with your caseworker as to why you need the Bildungsgutschein from the employment agency or job centre.
If you already have a Bildungsgutschein for an English course, please contact us directly for a personalised offer. This will normally be available to you within one working day and you can forward it directly to your caseworker.
Absolutely! The quality of our courses is regularly checked by an official body and we are authorise to accept Bildungsgutschein from the Federal Employment Agency.
As our English courses take place online in mini groups, all you need is internet, a laptop/tablet and your Bildungsgutschein.
With a Bildungsgutschein, our English courses are free of charge for you. The courses are 100% subsidised by the Federal Employment Agency.
Incidentally, not only are all costs for English lessons, learning materials (textbooks) and examination fees covered. You may also be able to claim childcare costs during the course. Talk to your caseworker at the employment agency before you start the course.
In principle, it is possible to apply for several Bildungsgutschein from the Employment Agency.
It will then be checked again whether there is still a need for additional further training (for example, because the skills you have already acquired are not sufficient to achieve your professional goals).
After completing the English course, you must submit the relevant proof that you have attended the course (e.g. your EnglishRadar Certificate of Studies). Your employment agency caseworker will provide you with an overview of all the documents you need to submit.
3 Steps to your Bildungsgutschein
Let us provide you with a free and personalised offer. It makes a positive impression if you can provide your caseworker with a personalised offer from our certified language school during the initial consultation. This shows that you have given the matter plenty of thought and are motivated.
Contact the employment agency
Explain to your caseworker at the employment agency in a personal interview why you need further training to improve your English skills. Prepare yourself well for the interview (see Bildungsgutschein Interview Tips). Your caseworker will then check whether you fulfil the requirements for subsidised further training.
If your caseworker accepts your application for subsidised further training, you will receive your approval notice by post, which you can use to book your online Business English course with us.
Bildungsgutschein Interview Tips
As the issuing of a Bildungsgutschein is a discretionary decision by your caseworker (and not a legal entitlement), you should prepare well for this interview. Think about it in advance and make a note of the answers to potential questions:
Your current situation
- What are your current labour market prospects?
- What jobs have you recently applied for with your current qualifications?
Tip: Bring information about your most recent applications with you so that your employment officer can see that you are actively trying to re-enter the labour market. Otherwise, the agency employee may ask you to apply to a number of potential employers before issuing you with a Bildungsgutschein.
Your professional goals
- Which professional goals are you pursuing?
- Why do you need English for your professional future?
- How would better English skills increase your chances of getting a job?
- Which job vacancies could you apply for with better English skills?
Tip: Look for specific examples of job advertisements that you could realistically apply for with better English skills. This will support your argument for a Bildungsgutschein.
Do you need more Bildungsgutschein Info?
Please complete the form with your details and any questions. We will be happy to contact you with a personalised offer to start your Business English Course Online with Bildungsgutschein.
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- the provider is able to support the vocational integration of participants into the labour market through its own efforts,
- its management, teaching and specialist staff have the necessary qualifications and professional experience for a successful implementation of human resource development measures, and that,
- the provider applies a quality assurance system.
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