Assisted training; application

If you have difficulties in your in-company vocational training or introductory qualification, you and your training company can receive support so that you can successfully start or complete your training or introductory qualification.


Assisted training (AsA) can accompany you on your way to finding and taking up a suitable training position, right up to the successful completion of your in-company vocational training.

The AsA supports you, for example, in the event of poor grades or problems at the training company/vocational school or at home that jeopardize the start/success of the training.

You can also receive support from the AsA when completing an introductory qualification (EQ).

A training provider with experienced teachers, social pedagogues and a training companion will develop an individual support plan with you.

You can receive the support for a limited period of time depending on individual needs, but also during the entire training/EQ.

During participation, a training companion is available to you as a permanent contact person.

If you are doing your in-company vocational training or EQ on a part-time basis, you can receive equal support during the accompanying phase of AsA.

As a young person with disabilities, you can also participate in the AsA if your individual support needs can be covered and participation in working life is achieved.

Your training company can also be supported within the framework of the AsA in order to lead your training or EQ to success.

The AsA is divided into 2 phases.

Preliminary phase (optional)

This phase supports the search for and acceptance of an in-company training position. Contents can be for example:

  • Internships,
  • if necessary also vocational orientation,
  • job application training,
  • strengthening of motivation or
  • to a limited extent, the reduction of language and educational deficits.

Participation is full-time (39 hours of instruction per week) and generally lasts 6 months. If you are unable to find an in-company training position during this time, participation can be extended by a further 2 months.

If you have signed a company training contract or a contract for the implementation of an EQ, you can participate in the accompanying phase of the AsA at any time if you need further support.

While participating in the preliminary phase, you can receive vocational training allowance.

As a training company, you can get to know your future trainee during the preliminary phase, for example through an internship, and also receive support from the training provider. These are for example:

  • Support for the trainers in the company in preparation for the training program
  • Support in the preparation of application documents in the context of an application for funding by the training company.

Accompanying phase

In this phase you can be supported

  • by helping to overcome language and learning difficulties
  • in the promotion of specialist theoretical skills, knowledge and abilities
  • with measures to successfully complete the training/EQ and not drop out, and
  • preparing for the transition to a job that is subject to compulsory insurance after the end of the training program
  • in stabilizing or finding employment after the end of training.

Their support is coordinated with the company providing the training and goes beyond the teaching of standard company and training

and training content. You and the training company receive individual support.

The number of hours per week for the exchange and teaching program will be individually tailored to your needs. As a rule, these take place outside of the company's training hours.

The duration of your support is based on your individual needs. This can be the case for the entire duration of your training/EQ, or only temporarily.

The previous offers of training-accompanying assistance (abH) such as:

  • Tutoring for lessons at the vocational school,
  • Tutoring for language classes,
  • preparation for class tests and exams,
  • Mediating discussions between trainers, teachers and/or parents,
  • Social pedagogical support or
  • support with personal problems that have an impact on training/EQ

are still available, now within the framework of the AsA.

AsA can be suspended for a maximum of 6 months if you temporarily have no need for support. If no further support is needed after the 6 months, the AsA will end.

Follow-up support is possible for up to 6 months after you have completed your training, if necessary, once you have found a job. If it has not worked out with taking up a job, the AsA can still support you in finding a job up to 1 year after the end of your vocational training.

If you incur travel expenses as part of the AsA, you must pay for these yourself. The Employment Agency or the Job Center will not reimburse these costs.

As a training company, you will receive the following during the accompanying phase

  • the necessary assistance in the administration, organization and implementation of the training/EQ of the supported trainee/participant in an EQ as well as
  • support in the day-to-day running of the company to stabilize the training relationship/EQ.

Regular discussions with your trainees/participants in an EQ to identify possible difficulties and develop solutions.

To this end, you provide the training provider with a written declaration that you will enable your trainees or participants in an EQ to take part in the individual support services within the framework of the AsA.


You can participate in assisted training under the following conditions:

  • You are basically without initial vocational training.
  • You have the training maturity and already have ideas regarding your career choice.
  • You have completed your full-time compulsory education.
  • You can, for personal reasons
    • not be able to start, continue or successfully complete vocational training in a company without participating in assisted training, or
    • cannot establish or consolidate an employment relationship after completing vocational training supported by Assisted Training, or
  • They require additional support during an introductory training program due to reasons inherent in their person.

Preliminary phase: Special requirements for foreigners:

  • They are aiming for in-company vocational training.
  • Access to the training or labor market is open to you. If you are not allowed to work in Germany, you cannot receive the support.
  • You can be sponsored if you are allowed to train or work, but also if the foreigners authority can allow you to work. The permit itself is not yet required for participation in the preliminary phase.
  • If you are permitted or tolerated in Germany, you must also have a legal residence in Germany of at least 15 months. If you entered before August 1, 2019, a shortened period of at least 3 months applies.
  • If you are permitted in Germany, you cannot receive vocational training assistance. Under certain conditions, you can receive benefits under the Asylum Seekers' Benefits Act.

Special requirements and exclusion criteria for your participation in the accompanying phase:

  • Before entering the accompanied phase, you must have signed a training/contract for the implementation of an entry-level qualification.
  • Assisted training can be used to support in-company vocational training if it is provided in an
    • a state-recognized training occupation under the Vocational Training Act, the Crafts Code or the Maritime Labour Act, or
    • is carried out in accordance with Part 2, also in conjunction with Part 5, of the Nursing Professions Act or the Elderly Care Act
    • and the vocational training contract prescribed for this purpose has been concluded.
  • In the case of school-based training, you cannot be supported with Assisted Training.
  • There are no restrictions with regard to nationality, residence status and previous residence time for your participation as a foreigner in the assisted phase after taking up in-company vocational training.
  • To take up in-company vocational training, you as a foreigner should basically have language level B2 (cf. Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR))


You can take part in an assisted training measure after a personal interview at the employment agency or job center, if you meet the eligibility requirements, if there is a corresponding measure in your region and if there is a free place. If a personal interview is not possible, your request can also be discussed by telephone.

  • Contact your local employment agency or, if you are receiving basic benefits for jobseekers, your local job center and arrange an appointment.
  • At this meeting, present the documents and evidence that prove your need for support.
  • Together, you will discuss your need for support and any questions that arise from your documents.
  • Based on the information available, the employment agency or job center will check whether you meet the requirements for participation and inform you of the result.
  • If participation is planned for you, the vocational counselor at the employment agency or the integration specialist at the job center will name the training provider offering assisted training and discuss the further procedure with you.

As a company that provides training or would like to provide training, please contact the Employer Hotline of the Employment Agency or the Employment Agency responsible for your place of work. If the Job Center is responsible for supporting your trainee, their responsibility depends on the trainee's residential address.

Processing time

If your career counselor is not able to determine right away during the counseling session whether you can participate in the assisted training, ask how long the clarification will take. Generally, the processing does not take longer than 3 weeks. (0 to 3 weeks)

Required documents

  • Erforderliche Unterlage/n

    • Halbjahres oder Abschlusszeugnis der zuletzt besuchten allgemeinbildenden Schule und
    • Halbjahres oder Abschlusszeugnis der zuletzt besuchten weiterführenden beruflichen Schule falls vorhanden
    • bei nicht vorliegendem Abschlusszeugnis: Nachweis der Erfüllung der Vollzeitschulpflicht
    • Lebenslauf
    • Personalausweis oder Reisepass
    • gegebenenfalls:
      • Ausbildungsvertrag/Vertrag über die Durchführung einer Einstiegsqualifizierung (falls vorhanden)
      • Aktuelles Berufsschulzeugnis
    • Ausweis mit Aufenthaltsstatus


  • Fee: none


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Status: 11.03.2023

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