Learn to code for free in Germany with a Bildungsgutschein from Bundesagentur für Arbeit

Published on 11 May 2021

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Wondering how to get out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself and earn your ticket out of unemployment in Germany? Take a Tech training course for free, thanks to Bundesagentur für Arbeit! In this article, we’ll tell you all about how we work with Bundesagentur für Arbeit, the main steps to apply to get a Bildungsgutschein, and more...

What are the Bundesagentur für Arbeit and the Bildungsgutschein?

What is Bundesagentur für Arbeit?

Wild Code School Berlin has been certified as further training by the German federal employment agency Bundesagentur für Arbeit, which is in charge of job seekers in Germany and is providing payment of unemployment benefits.

What is a Bildungsgutschein?

With the Bildungsgutschein (German word for “educational voucher”) delivered by the Bundesagentur für Arbeit, anyone who is residing in Berlin, registered as unemployed and seeking employment is theoretically eligible to receive it.

It means that they can apply for our training courses and start learning to code for free (without paying themselves) in our Berlin bootcamp—and all of that financed by the German government! Isn’t it beautiful?

Bundesagentur für Arbeit and Wild Code School

A financial help to develop new skills and change your career path

If you are eligible to receive a Bildungsgutschein, it will cover the entire training program fee. No worries! You won’t have to pay it back when you’ll find a job, this amount is totally financed by the German government. For this, you will first need to register as unemployed at Jobboerse. Be aware that you should register as soon as possible as a job seeker once you know that you are going to lose your job. You can find information on being unemployed in Germany here as well as all the rules you need to take into account. Depending on your personal job situation, you may be assigned to either Jobcenter or Agentur für Arbeit in your Kiez.

So, now it’s time to change careers, fall in love with the Tech field and learn the most in-demand skills!

Ready to join your new exciting web development training course?

Our Berlin campus offers a 5-month web developer training course where you’ll find more about HTML and CSS, and specialize in a programming language and a framework: Javascript, React/NodeJ.

But that's not all! You will also learn how to use an API, design a database, write SQL queries, and much more...

A support to find your next Tech job

The whole point of the Bildungsgutschein program is to make you ready for the employment market AND find a job right after your training course. That is why, by receiving a Bildungsgutschein, you’ll get a reinforced support for finding your next Tech job.

Not only will you benefit from career coaching during your training...

At Wild Code School, each student automatically benefits from career coaching thanks to workshops, help with preparing resumes and writing a cover letter, and more…

We want to make sure everyone has all the keys in hand to find THE job that would be the perfect fit.

Our Wilders are indeed in touch with our 1,000+ partner companies throughout Europe during job fairs on all our campuses and remotely, but they also attend talks, workshops and conferences with recruiters and alumni where they can widen their professional network and get answers to all of their questions.

… but you’ll also benefit from support for finding your next job after your training!

After the training course, each student benefits from our Wild Code School’s network, for finding their next Tech job: we set up job fairs, and our community of our Wilders is already integrated in the local ecosystem. Moreover, they are frequently getting in touch with each other in our Berlin Alumni group on LinkedIn!

How to learn a Tech job for free in Germany?

Which steps should you make to earn your Bildungsgutschein?

Are you eligible for a Bildungsgutschein?

If you are...

  • Registered as residing in Germany
  • Unemployed or soon to be unemployed
  • Registered with Bundesagentur für Arbeit

… then, you are eligible to apply for a Bildungsgutschein. The kind of training you choose is up to you. However, your job agent may want proper proof of why you are choosing this specific training or may suggest you a language course first.

Step 1: Contact Bundesagentur für Arbeit

After verifying if all these previous boxes are checked, the very first step is contacting the Agentur für Arbeit—or Jobcenter you have been assigned to—and setting up the first meeting.

These days, it is likely that the initial contact is going to be via phone. The Corona pandemic still doesn’t allow meetings in person.

How does it go on from then? You will be assigned a job agent during the whole process. Also be aware that a lot of the communication with your job agent may be via postal mail—so check it regularly to receive official invitations and notices.

Your job agent will talk with you through your opportunities as well as your own goals. The better prepared you are in your ideas, plans and information you can deliver on those, the better you can work together with your job agent on your future career plans.

You don’t live in Berlin but rather join in one of our trainings? Talk it through with your job agent and do your research. If there is no similar course available in your town or nearby, it may be possible for you to participate in our training in Berlin.

Step 2: Download our Jobcenter pack for your meeting

Before your first meeting, make sure to download our infopack and our brochure with all the information needed within it! Then, you’ll take it with you for the meeting.

Step 3: Prepare yourself for the meeting with Bundesagentur für Arbeit

One important thing is to come prepared to the meeting! You should be able to explain your training plan, in which ways receiving a Bildungsgutschein would help improve your career plans, and so on...

Here are some question examples they could ask you:

  • How will the Bildungsgutschein benefit you?
  • Which opportunities will it bring you once you’ve finished the training course?
  • Why did you choose this training program and this specific provider?
  • How would it boost your career?
  • Explain your personal career plans and show your motivation!

Make sure you’ll support your application in the best way! If you have web developers in your circle of friends, get their advice, too. During the meeting, don’t forget to bring

  • Our infopack and our brochurethat will show your advisor all the information of the training course you’ve chosen
  • Our Job Report 2022
  • A copy of your up-to-date resume (CV)
  • Your proof of registration in Germany
  • Your ID card or passport
  • Bonus: employment stats and figures about your future job

Put the odds in your favor, and don’t forget anything!

Step 4: Apply to our German coding bootcamp

Once you have been assigned a job agent and had your initial talk with them, you can already start the application process with us. It often helps to show how motivated you really are to get into coding!

How does the Wild Code School’s application process work?

  • Register on our website, fill out a basic form and choose your preferred campus. Decide between in-person, blended or remote training and your preferred language.
  • Interview with us to discuss your professional goals, reasons for joining, and motivations with a Wild Code School admissions manager.
  • Complete a technical interview in which you’ll be asked to perform a tech challenge and get reviewed on whether you have the potential to become a web developer.

Our application process can be completed in 1.5 weeks and registrations are open up until 7 days before the start of the course. However, we really try to make everything possible. If you are on very short notice but have everything settled with your job agent and your Bildungsgutschein ready, we will be happy to assist you with completing the last steps of your coding adventure with us and see to finish the application process as soon as possible.

To go a bit further…

Join one of our prep courses to discover the  web development field (and our web development program), or the data analysis one (and our data analyst program)!