Internship allowance; application for a subsidy from the Jobcenter

If you would like to introduce young people to vocational training in your company via a paid internship, you can apply for a subsidy for internship remuneration.


With the introductory qualification, you can prepare young people who have already decided on a specific profession for an apprenticeship in your company. During a paid internship, they are introduced to the future training content and can demonstrate their skills.

You can apply for a monthly allowance of up to EUR 247.00 plus a flat-rate share of the average total social insurance contribution for the internship pay.

In terms of content, the internship should be oriented towards the future training occupation. In addition, you should aim to take on the intern in your company.

Eligible for funding are:

  • Training applicants registered with the Employment Agency with limited placement prospects for individual reasons who do not have a training position even after the nationwide follow-up placement campaigns,
  • Training seekers who do not yet have the full training maturity required, and
  • People with learning difficulties and socially disadvantaged training seekers.

This also applies to young people who are capable of working and who receive basic benefits for jobseekers from the job center.

As a rule, funding begins no earlier than October 1 of each year. An early start of the measure from 1.8. is generally possible.


  • The internship must:
    • last between 6 and 12 months.
    • be remunerated and socially insured.
  • The intern must belong to the eligible group of persons. This must be checked by the job center.
  • The trainee must not have been employed in your company before.
  • The entry-level qualification may not take place in the company of the spouse, life partner or parents.
  • If vocational school is compulsory, the trainee must attend vocational school and be registered in the relevant specialist class.


You must apply for the grant for entry-level training in writing:

  • Specify internship content, duration, remuneration and suitability criteria for participants and report the open offer to your chamber and to your employment agency.
  • You will then receive information about a preliminary funding commitment.
  • If your prospective trainees do not receive benefits from the job center, ask them to report to the employment agency. This is the only way to check whether they belong to the eligible group of persons.
  • If the applicant belongs to the eligible group of persons, conclude an EQ contract with him or her. You can download a sample contract or ask your chamber for one.
  • Before the start of the internship, apply to your employer service or the job center for a subsidy for the internship remuneration. Attach a copy of the EQ contract.
  • Then register the intern with the health insurance fund and the employers' liability insurance association.
  • You will receive written notification from the Jobcenter as to whether the subsidy will be granted.
  • If your applicant is required to attend vocational school, you must register him or her at the vocational school and preferably in the appropriate technical class before the internship begins.
  • If your intern requires support with the entry-level qualification, he or she should coordinate this with the job center and apply for these support services if required.


There is no deadline. You must apply for funding before the introductory training begins. The applicant must be registered at the vocational school before the start of the internship if vocational school is compulsory.

Processing time

Your application will usually be processed within 4 to 8 weeks. (4 to 8 weeks)

Required documents

  • Required Documents

    • Contract on an introductory training between the company and the young person


  • Fee: none




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