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Apprenticeship Trainer Grant

Do you train apprentices or want to start doing so because skilled workers are important to your company? Do you want to take responsibility for the career prospects of young people?

This funding initiative enables you to train your employees to teach apprentices. The initiative was launched by waff as an incentive for companies to focus on training apprentices and thus to invest in the future. waff covers the costs of the trainer’s course and the examination fees.

Note: On December 13, 2023, the European Commission passed the new De-minimis RegulationThis regulation has come into effect on January 1, 2024, and will apply immediately in every EU member state. The new application documents are available in the downloads.

The new regulation introduces a significant change: the new total amount of De-minimis aid granted by a single member state to a single company may not exceed €300,000 within a period of 3 years. The term “a single company” with respect to an “economically active unit” is clarified in Article 2, point 2 of the regulation.

Who can apply for the grant?

  • Companies with no more than 50 employees that have a site in Vienna.
  • Companies with over 50 employees: only if the company is training apprentices for the first time or is extending its in-house apprentice training to include a new apprenticeship trade.

The grant can be awarded both for courses attended by or examinations taken by employees (who must be subject to full compulsory social insurance) and to the company owner.

Who is not entitled to funding?

  • Local authorities, municipal associations and legal entities under public law, with the exception of charitable organizations of legally recognized churches and religious communities
  • Political parties
  • Radical associations

What does the grant cover?

We provide funding for trainer courses and the examination fees of the trainer examination.

  • Trainer course: 75% of the course costs up to a maximum of €500 per trainer
  • Trainer examination: examination fees up to a maximum of €100 per trainer

Requirements for the grant

  • The application documents must be submitted to waff within 3 months after the course has ended or the examination has been taken.
  • The trainer must train apprentices in a company in Vienna.

How to apply for the grant

Within 3 months after the training course has ended, submit the application form along with the signed Declaration of Commitment (Verpflichtungserklärung), De Minimis Declaration (De-minimis-Erklärung) and course documents (invoice, proof of payment and confirmation of attendance or certificate).