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Funding Opportunities for Further Education Programmes

Lifelong learning has a special significance for the labour market and society. For this reason, vocational qualification is subsidised by the state under certain conditions. Find out about current funding opportunities and get tips on educational leave.

Funding at a glance

Funding opportunities for further vocational training

On the website of the Further Education Database Brandenburg, you will find an overview of current funding programmes of the state of Brandenburg, the federal government and the European Union. The range of funding programmes and resources includes both monetary support such as grants, loans or equity investments as well as non-monetary assistance such as advice or coaching.

Please note: Our further education programmes are generally eligible for funding. Please contact the funding organisation (e.g. ILB) to find out about their funding conditions before registering.

Educational leave

Educational leave - also known as "Bildungsurlaub" – is the legally regulated entitlement of employees to paid leave from work to participate in recognised further education events. The details are regulated in state laws. Ten days within two calendar years are available in Berlin and Brandenburg for political and professional (Berlin and Brandenburg) as well as cultural (Brandenburg only) further training:

Most of our courses are recognised further education courses for which you can take educational leave. Please contact us for further information.

Brandenburg education voucher

Funding is available for further vocational training measures for employees in companies with a place of business in Brandenburg. Funding is also available for professional development measures in voluntary and full-time work in associations and child and youth welfare organisations. Furthermore, company owners, freelancers and sole traders working in companies or child and youth welfare organisations can also receive funding. The funding is applied via the customer portal of the Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg (ILB). Here too, please find out about the ILB's funding conditions before registering for one of our further training programmes.

Claiming further education costs for tax purposes

Further training costs can be deducted as income-related expenses or special expenses in the annual tax return. This applies to further education and training courses (including training and study programmes) that are related to gainful employment and serve either to deepen/refresh knowledge or to prepare for a career advancement. Expenses for qualifications that prepare for a career change can also be claimed for tax purposes. For more information, please contact the tax office.


ZEW – Further Education Unit

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