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  • Advice to companies on securing skilled labor / advice on potential
    This program promotes participation-oriented consulting for companies in NRW. The consulting must address one of the following topics: 1) Work organization, 2) Demographic change, 3) Health. 4) Digitalization or 5) Competence development and qualification consulting. Funding is provided for 50 percent of the expenses (excluding VAT) for a maximum of ten consulting days and 500 euros per consulting day.
  • ​​​​​​​Transfer of employees (promotion of transfer companies)
    The program supports the transfer of people threatened with unemployment into new employment through counseling and accompanying activities. In order to be eligible, one of the following criteria must apply to the company: 
    1. A company that is to be classified as a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) according to EU criteria. The SME status must be declared by the company.
    2. A company that is threatened with insolvency or is insolvent. Proof must be provided, for example, by means of a ruling from the local court.
    3. A company that is demonstrably in economic difficulties and is of particular importance to the region in terms of labor market policy. Proof must be provided.
    4. Employees in the company must be threatened with unemployment due to a reduction in personnel. The funding amount is a lump sum of 80 percent of the standard unit costs per month and per job, and the funding period is 12 months.
  • Advice to companies on securing skilled labor / advice on potential
    This program promotes participation-oriented consulting for companies in NRW. The consulting must address one of the following topics: work organization, demographic change, health, digitization or skills development and qualification consulting. Funding is provided for 50 percent of the expenses (excluding VAT) for a maximum of ten consulting days and 500 euros per consulting day.
  • ​​​​​​​Transfer of employees (promotion of transfer companies)
    The program supports the transfer of people threatened with unemployment into new employment through counseling and accompanying activities. In order to be eligible, the company must meet one of the following criteria, among others:
    1. A company that is classified as a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) according to EU criteria. The SME status must be declared by the company.
    2. A company that is threatened with insolvency or is insolvent. Proof must be provided, for example, by means of a ruling from the local court.
    3. A company that is demonstrably in economic difficulties and is of particular importance to the region in terms of labor market policy. Proof must be provided.
    4. Employees in the company must be threatened with unemployment due to a reduction in personnel. The funding amount is a lump sum of 80 percent of the standard unit costs per month and per job, and the funding period is 12 months.
  • Education check NRW
    Within the framework of the Bildungsscheck NRW, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with the support of the European Social Fund (ESF), promotes participation in continuing vocational training. These can serve to provide professional qualifications or to teach technical skills or key qualifications. New forms of continuing education such as online-based training (for example, online events and e-learning) are also supported. In-company seminars are also funded. Eligibility is granted to individuals as well as companies. In company access, SMEs with more than 250 employees with their registered office or place of work in North Rhine-Westphalia are eligible for funding. In individual access, taxable annual income must be between EUR 20,000 and EUR 40,000 (between EUR 40,000 and EUR 80,000 for jointly assessed persons). If the annual income is lower, the federal government’s education premium can be used. On the other hand, there is no upper income limit for company-based access. The maximum amount of funding is 50 percent of the course costs, up to a maximum of EUR 500. A maximum of ten education vouchers can be applied for in the case of company access, and one education voucher per calendar year in the case of individual access.
  • Promotion of in-company training
    In this program, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with the support of the European Social Fund (ESF), promotes the provision of in-company training places in a training alliance between companies and an educational service provider. The aim is to improve the supply of initial in-company training, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises. As a rule, the company concluding the training contract must have fewer than 250 employees and the company must not be able to provide training on its own. Both must be confirmed by the chamber. The training in the network must be designed in such a way that the training period is at least six months for the partners in the network and at least 12 months for the company concluding the training contract. The amount of the grant is €4,500 per training place. Applications must be submitted to the relevant district government.