Questions/Answers about the Support Program

On 30 July 2014 a new version of the promotion guideline for the special programme "Promotion of vocational mobility of young people interested in vocational training" (MobiPro-EU) became effective. From this date on, the trainees themselves are no longer supported, but instead the promotion projects which allow young people who are eligible pursuant to freedom of movement provisions to successfully complete in-company vocational training in Germany through measures which prepare them for training and through training assistance.


The International and Specialized Services (ZAV) of the Federal Employment Agency recruits and places interested young people from abroad for the project providers.

You can find out what this means for you and receive answers to your questions by calling the International and Specialized Services (ZAV) hotline on +49 228/ 713 1083 or by sending an email to thejobofmylife(at)arbeitsagentur.de.

What requirements must be met in order to participate in the programme within the framework of project promotion?

Those projects will be promoted that assist participants who at the time when promotion begins:

  • are between 18 and 27 years old,
  • are citizens of another EU country or of an EEA country,
  • live in another European country or at the time when the application is lodged have not been staying in Germany for longer than three months and
  • have a state-recognised school qualification.


Participants are not permitted to have already completed vocational in-company education and training or possess a Master’s degree, and cannot belong to a category of persons who in accordance with Section 59 of SGB III are entitled to receive a vocational education and training allowance.

How can I profit from the programme as an interested trainee, although I don't receive support myself? What does the project provider do for me?

International Placement Services (ZAV) of the Federal Employment Agency places you in the promoted project.


The project ensures that 10 to 30 vacant training places are offered to young people from abroad and that vocational training can be successfully carried out.


If you participate in such a project, consultants from the ZAV are available to answer your questions and provide information. Here you will find out what it means to participate in vocational training in Germany.


Attention is paid throughout the project to your learning the language and being provided assistance and support (for example in the search for a flat). The goal is that you successfully complete your vocational training and have a contact person who you can turn to throughout the project.


No costs arise from the measures offered to you.


The project provider decides which of the possible services mentioned here best support you and your vocational training:

  • German language course in your country of origin, which must be completed at level B1 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • Becoming familiar with a qualified profession and vocational training company through an internship in a company which provides vocational training in Germany:
  • An internship should last up to six weeks and include an accompanying language course.
  • Remuneration for an internship should amount to at least €200 per month. The amount may be higher if a minimum wage is stipulated by law or when other rules regulate this.
  • Top-up of your monthly remuneration:
    Your remuneration will always be topped up so that during your internship and vocational training you have at least €818 per month. This allows you to buy food and pay your rent and other expenses. If you have children of your own to look after in Germany, you receive an additional €130 for each child.
  • Language, expert and socio-pedagogical assistance during the internship and vocational training:
  • Language course and tutoring at vocational school as assistance
  • Social and vocational training assistance
  • Individual support to help you land on your feet in Germany
  • Travel costs associated with the internship, vocational training and travel to your family:
  • Expenses for return travel to the internship as well as a return trip to your family per training half year. Costs are paid as a fixed sum of €200 for a distance of up to 500 km, or €300 for a distance of over 500 km.
  • A one-off fixed sum of €500 is paid for taking up in-company vocational education and training.

Detailed information can be obtained from the promotion guideline.

How much in pay do I receive during vocational training?

During your internship and vocational training you receive at least €818 per month in pay. This enables you to buy food and pay your rent and other expenses. If you have children of your own to look after in Germany, you receive an additional €130 for each child.

Is there an age limit?

Yes. You must be between the age 18 and 27 years of age when you begin to participate in the programme.

Who is responsible for implementing the support programme?

The Federal Employment agency is the granting authority for the special programme. In order to meet the programme goal, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has allocated to the Federal Employment Agency funds to administer in its own responsibility.


The Federal Employment Agency has been entrusted with sole responsibility for implementing the programme The Job of my Life. Should you have any questions about this, you can contact the the ZAV. Email: thejobofmylife(at)arbeitsagentur.de. Telephone: +49 228 713 1083.

Who is my contact person for questions about my vocational training?

The first person to contact is your employer.

What vocational training measures are possible?

All first-time in-company vocational training in a state-recognised training occupation.

What is a state-recognised training occupation?

A state-recognised training occupation is a uniform, federally regulated occupation on the basis of sections 4 and 5 of the Vocational Training Act (BBiG) or sections 25 und 26 of the Craft Trades Act (HwO), i.e. skilled workers. Training in these occupations is by means of a dual system of vocational education and training, i.e. in-company and at a vocational school.


Vocational training is also possible within the framework of a vocational training contract in maritime shipping (maritime mechanic) and in-company vocational training pursuant to the Geriatric Nursing Act.


The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training website offers an overview of all 348 recognised training occupations, including designations in English and French.

What do I need to pay attention to if I already receive support under the old promotion guideline of 2013-14?

All applications which have been received by the ZAV in accordance with the old promotion guideline before or on 8 April 2014 can be approved. With the approval of the first application for support, as a rule, approval of the German language course in the country of origin, financial support through MobiPro-EUR is ensured over the entire period of the internship and vocational training, as well as, in the case of skilled workers, for assistance and the German language courses. Support approval or a positive decision from the ZAV is a precondition.


All information about the old promotion guideline, focusing on individual support, can be found here.

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Promotion guideline for the special programme of the federal government for promoting the professional mobility of young people from Europe who are interested in completing vocational training.

Questions regarding the support programme?