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With financial support to
professional success!

We have a large number of funding options for your professional training as an airline pilot. We would be happy to present the various funding programs at federal and state level.

Qualification Opportunities Act

1. Funding from the Federal Agency


The Qualification Opportunities Act aims to finance further training for employees regardless of their age, training or the size of the company. The law came into force in December 2018. Employees should be increasingly motivated to take part in qualification measures that expand their professional skills. The employment agency promotes further training for employees in companies by subsidizing the costs of the training measure and the employer's wage expenses. As a result, employees and companies benefit equally from the regulation. Employers are financially relieved, while employees can take advantage of a sensible option to secure their jobs in the long term as a result of digital structural change.

2. Benefits for employers and employees


The new regulation gives all employees the option of funding qualification measures through the employment agency, regardless of the size of the company or their age. This ensures that legislation responds appropriately to the digital transformation, which has an impact on all industries and fields of activity. In this way, employers can adequately prepare their employees for new challenges while employees meet the demands of the labor market.

3. Funding from the Federal Agency

In order to be considered for state support for further vocational training by the employment agency under the new law passed by the federal government, five criteria must be met.

  • The further training must be generally applicable and must in principle have no connection to the activity that the employed person carries out. Since the law aims to prepare for future tasks, a qualification measure that imparts knowledge for a current position would contradict this.

  • The completed vocational training that an employee completed must be at least four years ago. If the gap between completing training is shorter, it can be assumed that the level of knowledge still corresponds to the current labor market requirements.

  • Anyone who would like to take part in several further training courses or has already taken part in a measure can only be funded if at least four years have passed between two further training courses.

  • The further training must be carried out externally and outside the company and must last at least 160 hours (four weeks). Several options are accepted here. An employee can contact a training provider such as AET Aviation on their own initiative, but there is also the option of having a training course carried out in the company by an external provider.

  • Both the further training and the educational institution that carries it out must be approved for funding and approved by the employment agency.

4. Advice and application

The contact person for further training that is to be financed through the Qualification Opportunities Act is the Federal Employment Agency. Anyone who works in a company and would like to take part in a measure can find out more and apply for funding here. The prerequisite is that the employer contributes to the costs to an appropriate extent. The staggering of this share depends on the size of the company. For companies with 250 to 2,500 employees, 75% of the training fees must be paid. Companies that employ 2,500 workers or more must prepare for a participation of 85%.


If there is a clause on professional training in the collective agreement or company agreement, this contribution can be reduced to 80%. Small and medium-sized companies with fewer than 250 employees have to cover up to 50% of the costs of a course, while the employment agency finances the rest. For micro-enterprises that employ fewer than 10 people, the costs of further vocational training can be fully covered by the funding. In addition, wages are subsidized by up to 75%.

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