Vouchers for further vocational training and retraining

The Employment Agency and the Job Centre offer education vouchers for further vocational training and retraining. Workers can broaden their qualifications and develop their skills on the labour market. Jobseekers are entitled to an education voucher if the further training is necessary to end unemployment, avert imminent unemployment or to make up for a missing vocational qualification. Prerequisites and approved training providers are discussed in the counselling interview. In addition to financial support, the Employment Agency or the Job Centre will pay certain contributions to health, pension, nursing care and accident insurance during the funded CET. For more information: https://www.arbeitsagentur.de/karriere-und-weiterbildung/bildungsgutschein… Read More

How to call in sick

If you are sick, you cannot work. However, in order to avoid trouble with superiors at work and to ensure that wages continue to be paid, certain rules must be observed. Sick leave plays a very important role in this. What do you do if you cannot work because you are ill? The most important thing is to inform the employer immediately. If you are suffering from flu or have broken your foot, you must inform the company immediately and also tell them how long you will be absent. This can be done by phone or email, according to the… Read More

When a baby comes: maternity protection, parental leave and parental allowance

Working women who have a baby are legally entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave in Germany, which covers the time before and after the birth. They can also take three years of parental leave to care for their child. During this time, most parents are entitled to financial support for childcare – parental allowance – for one year. If a woman becomes pregnant, she should inform her employer soon. Because then the Maternity Protection Act applies to her: so she is no longer allowed to do heavy lifting, handle toxic substances or work at night. All officially employed… Read More

Bürgergeld: Keeping more of your income

Since 1 July, those who receive the citizen’s income (Bürgergeld) allowance are allowed to keep 30 per cent of the money they earn themselves. This applies to earnings between 520 and 1,000 euros. Previously, they were only allowed to keep 20 percent. The advantage is even greater for those under 25: “Young people keep the income from school and student jobs and the income from vocational training up to the mini-job limit of currently 520 euros,” says the employment agency. Earnings from holiday jobs may also be kept without deductions. Expense allowances for voluntary work do not lead to a… Read More

Finding an apprenticeship with the IHK training atlas

When looking for an apprenticeship place, it often also plays a role that the company is not too far away from the place of residence. The Reutlingen Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) offers a practical interactive map for finding apprenticeship places. The IHK training atlas shows companies from the districts of Reutlingen, Tübingen and Zollernalbkreis that provide training. In Tübingen, for example, 28 companies are looking for trainees, in Reutlingen as many as 68. Clicking on the individual companies tells you something about the occupation, the company and the school requirements. www.reutlingen.ihk.de/wwwihk-ausbildungsatlasde/ In addition, the Chamber of Industry and… Read More

Many apprenticeship places still available in the skilled crafts sector

The apprenticeship exchange of the Reutlingen Chamber of Skilled Crafts currently still has more than 600 vacant apprenticeship places. They cover 130 occupations and are offered in the districts of Tübingen, Reutlingen and Zollernalb. They can be found on the homepage of the Chamber of Skilled Crafts. The offers range from baker or glazier to motor vehicle mechatronics technician and precision tool mechanic. The apprenticeship exchange is digital and even available on smartphones via the app “Apprenticeship Radar”. For each vacant apprenticeship place, there is information on the company and the school requirements. The offer is the counterpart to the… Read More

Ukrainian refugees: the path to a job is a long one

Of the approximately 2,800 refugees from Ukraine in the districts of Tübingen and Reutlingen, about 50 have found a job. The majority of the remaining women and men are still attending language courses or doing internships. This is according to a statement by the Reutlingen employment agency. According to the report, about 1,500 refugees from Ukraine live in the Reutlingen district and 1,300 in the Tübingen district. “The refugees are well educated and almost all have a school-leaving certificate. About 25 percent are university graduates,” says Oliver Kerl, chairman of the management board of the Reutlingen Employment Agency. Nevertheless, integration… Read More

Money for old age: pension insurance is mandatory

In Germany, all employees except civil servants pay a contribution to the statutory pension insurance fund out of their wages. From this—if they have paid in long enough—they receive a pension every month in old age. The statutory pension insurance is an important part of the German social system. Who gets how much can only be clarified in individual cases. From the age of 27, the German pension insurance sends out a letter every year stating, among other things, how much the pension will be. What does the pension insurance pay? The pension insurance pays a pension in old age… Read More

New residence opportunities for asylum seekers in employment or with training

Asylum seekers whose asylum application has not yet been decided on are to be given a “change of track” to facilitate their integration in Germany by means of a right of residence. This is provided for in the revised Skilled Workers Immigration Act, which was passed in the Bundestag and Bundesrat in July. Anyone who is working or has a job offer as a skilled worker and has a recognised vocational qualification can withdraw their asylum application and receive a residence permit. However, this so-called change of track only applies to people who have applied for asylum by 29 March… Read More

Study shows: When a job change pays off

A job change pays off especially for skilled workers. On the other hand, those who have no special training for their job and look for a new job as a “helper” actually risk getting worse. Employees whose new job is in a closely related field of activity earn on average 3,500 euros more per year than before. That’s according to the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s study “Better prospects when changing jobs.” “Helpers, on the other hand, are at a disadvantage,” the study states. “They change jobs twice as often as skilled workers and particularly often start out in jobs that are foreign… Read More

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