Seminar on setting up a business

How do I start a business? Answers to this question can be found in a free seminar for potential business founders. It will be held on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June, starting at 9 a.m. and lasting the whole day. The venue is the Open Innovations Campus Westspitze at Eisenbahnstraße 1 in Tübingen. Anyone wishing to take part should register as soon as possible—see the link below. The seminar will cover three topics: business idea and business plan, administration and organisation, and financing self-employment. Founders will also find out where they can get what kind of support. Participants will… Read More

More than just strikes: what trade unions do

Trade unions are associations that represent the interests of employees. They are organized by sector and negotiate collective agreements with representatives of employers’ associations. In the event of a collective bargaining dispute, they may also call for strike action following a ballot of their members. Any employee can become a member of a trade union. In Germany, there are eight trade unions with around 5.6 million members, which have joined together in the umbrella organization Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB): IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (IG BAU), IG Bergbau, Chemie, Energie (IG BCE), Eisenbahn- und Verkehrsgewerkschaft (EVG), Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW), IG Metall, Gewerkschaft… Read More

Childminder: A profession for refugees too

Parents have a legal right to a childcare place for children from the age of one. For children under the age of three, they have the choice of having their child looked after in a municipal or private crèche or by childminders. Childminders can also support parents with older children in addition to daycare. In the district of Tübingen, the childminder association offers several services: Childminders can look after up to five children in their own home—provided they have enough space to do so. However, childcare can also be provided in other locations—for example in the town or at companies.… Read More

Jobcenter: Travel only with permission

Although Jobcenter customers are not entitled to a “vacation”, they are allowed to go away for a maximum of three weeks a year without having to forgo benefits from the authority. However, this only applies if the Jobcenter has approved the absence in advance. This means that anyone who receives citizen’s income and wants to travel during the period of unemployment and cannot be reached must inform the Jobcenter in advance and obtain its approval. If the Jobcenter has given its approval, benefits will continue to be paid for this period. Health insurance will also continue. If you receive citizen’s… Read More

Almost two thirds of 2015 refugees are working

It is repeatedly claimed that too few refugees have jobs. This is not true, as a study by the Nuremberg Institute for Employment Research (IAB) shows. All figures relate to the year 2022. One result: the longer people seeking protection were in Germany, the more were employed. After seven years, 64 percent (almost two thirds) of those who fled to Germany in 2015 were working. Nine out of ten of these employees were subject to social security contributions. Those who were in full-time employment in 2022 earned an average of 2,570 euros per month. In relation to all employed refugees,… Read More

Doing a doctorate in Germany

The awarding of a doctoral degree by a university is known as a doctorate. It takes place as part of a specific procedure lasting several years, during which doctoral candidates demonstrate their ability to carry out independent academic work. Once the examinations have been successfully completed and all formal requirements have been met, the university or faculty responsible awards the academic degree of “Doctor”. The doctorate involves writing a scientific paper, the dissertation, and defending it in a type of examination. Many universities also offer structured doctoral programmes that include special courses and supervision structures. An alternative option is a… Read More

Careers advice: Workshop for girls

For Girls Day on April 25, the Reutlingen Careers Information Center (BIZ) is inviting girls aged 13 and over to a workshop. During the “Careers advice to go”, the schoolgirls will gain insights into four companies in the fields of crafts and technology, reports the Reutlingen Employment Agency. “For a whole morning, the schoolgirls discover the variety of professions with the careers advisors from the Federal Employment Agency”, the press release continues. Registration is now open at The workshop will take place on Thursday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BiZ, Ulrichstraße 38 in Reutlingen. As… Read More

Help with (work) accidents

A fall on your bike on the way to work, a mishap during sports lessons at school or an allergy to a certain substance at work: these are all cases for the employers’ liability insurance association (BG). They are the statutory accident insurance institutions and are therefore responsible for work and commuting accidents as well as occupational illnesses. The BG ensures that the person concerned receives good medical care and, in serious cases, rehabilitation and financial support. There are employers’ liability insurance associations for various sectors of the private sector. In the public sector, the accident insurance funds or the… Read More

Register for trainee speed dating

You can even find apprenticeships at speed dating. Pupils in the 2024 to 2026 graduating years from all secondary schools can try this out on Thursday, April 18, at Tübingen’s Sparkassen Carré (Mühlbachäckerstraße 2). There they can get to know 39 companies from the region in an uncomplicated way. The trainee speed dating is between 9 am and 4 pm. A maximum of four interviews with company representatives will last around ten minutes each. The focus is on the first personal impression. Certificates or application portfolios are not necessary. Internship, apprenticeship and dual study places are on offer. Companies from… Read More

Tips for migrants at the “Career Paths” information fair

The “Career Paths” fair on Tuesday, March 19, from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm at the Reutlingen Adult Education Center (Spendhausstraße 6) offers information on career paths. This is announced by the press office of the Reutlingen Employment Agency. The event is aimed specifically at people with a migration background. Participation is free of charge and there is no need to register. Visitors will also receive tips for application documents and can have their application photos taken free of charge. At the information fair, there will be information and advice on the recognition of foreign qualifications, the training system in… Read More

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