Federal government doubles training bonuses for companies

In the first Corona year, a disaster on the labor market could be averted, says Labor Minister Hubertus Heil. But that doesn’t have to be repeated. That is why he now supports training companies better.

A trainee is working on a workpiece.

Dhe federal government has passed higher corporate aid with which the training market is to be strengthened in the corona crisis: The federal cabinet decided on Wednesday to extend the federal program to secure training and to double the training and employment bonuses for the coming apprenticeship year. According to this, training companies that keep their number of apprenticeships constant despite the crisis will receive 4,000 euros per training contract from June 1st. For each additional contract concluded, there is 6000 euros.

Last year, a “disaster on the training market” was averted, “but the test is coming now,” said Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) in Berlin. He warned that companies could not reduce their level of training and “complain afterwards about a shortage of skilled workers”. With the “new protective shield for training”, the government is offering all companies that have doubts because of corona pollution as to whether they will be able to offer training positions in the coming apprenticeship year as well, “solid and increased financial incentives”.

“We as the federal government are doing our best to ensure that further training can be provided even in the pandemic,” said Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU). She said she was pleased that the government had now developed the main points of the federal program “Secure apprenticeships” launched in the summer.

Small and medium-sized companies should be motivated to train

With its various bonuses, the training program is intended to motivate small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to maintain their training activities in the Corona crisis. According to the information, the federal government is providing 500 million euros in the current year, with a further 200 million euros planned for 2022. In the future, SMEs with up to 499 employees will be able to apply for help – mostly from their employment agency. So far the limit is 249 employees.

The training bonus of 4,000 or 6,000 euros will be given to companies that are affected by the crisis and still keep or even increase the number of their training positions in the training year 2021. The one-time grant for each apprenticeship contract is paid at the end of the trial period. A new “special grant” of 1000 euros is now planned for small businesses with up to four employees who had to largely cease their business in the second lockdown and still continued their training activities for at least 30 days.

Companies that take on trainees from companies that have become insolvent due to pandemics receive a so-called takeover bonus. This bonus will now also be doubled to 6,000 euros per trainee and extended until the end of the year. In the future, it should “also apply in the event of a pandemic-related termination or the conclusion of a termination agreement”, as the ministries announced.

In the event of interruptions due to pandemics, other companies can take on trainees

According to this, the funding of a so-called contract or association training is increased: If SMEs have to interrupt a training due to a pandemic, other companies or service providers can take on this in the future for at least four weeks and then receive up to 8100 euros depending on the duration. “In future, the regular training company can also receive funding instead of the interim training company,” the federal ministries further explained.

The Federal Cabinet also expanded the subsidies to avoid short-time work during training. So far, those companies that continue their training activities despite a significant loss of work of at least 50 percent have received 75 percent of the gross monthly training allowance. In the future, according to Heil, the federal government will also cover the costs of the trainers.