AVGS Voucher/ AVGS Gutschein
When I speak to a mother who is looking to restart her career in Germany, they are surprised to hear that they can get job coaching for free! Common questions are: what is an AVGS voucher and how can I get it? In this blog post, I will share some details and how you can apply for an AVGS Gutschein to get FREE job/business coaching with me.
What is an AVGS voucher?
Who is it for?
AVGS stands for Activation and Placement Voucher (Aktivierungs- und Vermittlungsgutschein). The state offers unemployed people and jobseekers subsidies to get back on the job market. With this voucher, you can get job or business coaching for free.
There is a wide range of people who can apply for an AVGS from the employment agency or the relevant job center. For example, if:
- You are receiving unemployment benefits I or II (ALG1 or Bürgergeld)
- You have been made redundant (laid off) and are registered as looking for work
- You are self-employed but cannot cover your living expenses
- You are at the end of your studies or have just completed your training
- You would like to return to work after a break – for example after parental leave (Elternzeit)
How can I apply for an AVGS voucher?
The process from applying for a voucher to starting with coaching looks like in the illustration on the left. Initially, we will have a 20 minute discovery call to get to know each other a little and see if we are a good fit. Then you will apply for the AVGS Gutschein/voucher with your Agentur für Arbeit for job coaching or business coaching (depending on your goal).
It is always helpful to talk directly to your case worker. Simply bring up the subject of AVGS at your next appointment. If you don’t want to wait until your next invitation, then ask for a meeting by email or phone. This also shows how motivated you are. You are sending them a signal: you want to actively shape and change your professional future. This can be very helpful when applying.
Depending on your situation, the number of hours you get will vary. The voucher will specify the duration of the voucher, in which the coaching must take place and the number of UE (Unterrichtseinheit: 45 minute units) you have available.
As soon as we get the approval to start the coaching, we will fix appointments for the coaching. Job coaching via this route has a fixed goal and structure that has to be followed. The good thing is, it will be customised based on your needs and goals. So you will have a lot of flexibility of the topics covered and focus areas as well.
Please refer to my job coaching page to see the topics we would cover and my approach in the coaching. I offer coaching in person and online, in English and German.
What other support can you get?
If you are registered with the Jobcenter or Agentur für Arbeit, you can also get other support in the form of a Bildungsgutschein to do a German language course, bootcamp or other qualification. When you go for a meeting with the Agentur, you should really think about what option you would like to choose.
Not everyone is entitled to a voucher, it is at the discretion of your contact at the Arbeitsamt to decide based on your qualifications and goals. But you can definitely improve your chances of getting a voucher. Think of convincing arguments as to why AVGS coaching will help you in your career and what specifically you would like to work on in your individual coaching?.Logical arguments can ultimately be crucial for a successful application for an AVGS voucher.
In case you already have an AVGS Gutschein, you can directly book your discovery call. Let’s get started! And if you don’t get an AVGS Gutschein, we can still work together with my customised job coaching programs.
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