Paid educational leave
Paid educational leave is time off work to receive further training. Your employer has to allow you this special leave by law. All of our intensive language courses can be officially recognised as paid educational leave.
Who has the right to paid educational leave?
According to the law concerning paid educational leave, every employee infull-time employment at a company for at least 6 months has the right to one week or 5 workdays of paid educational leave each calendar year.
Employees in Hesse and many other German states have the right to a week of further training with continued wage payment.
Our paid educational leave offers
You can, for example, use your paid educational leave for an intensive course in business English. All of our intensive courses (Monday-Friday, 6 lesson periods per day) are officially recognised as paid educational leave in the following states:
- Lower Saxony
* here a course with a higher number of hours is required, which we are happy to offer you for an additional charge of just €75 per week.
How long is paid educational leave?
Paid educational leave is generally taken for a week. Your employer is under no obligation to grant you more than a week of educational leave. If you want to take a two week language course, you have to wait till the next year to use your week's entitlement. You will have to inform your company of this wish in writing in good time before the turn of the year.
How much am I paid during educational leave?
During your educational leave you continue to receive your regular wage. If you take part in educational leave courses lasting multiple weeks, you must only claim one part as educational leave with your employer.
Does a language trip count as paid educational leave?
Yes. You decide the type and goal of your educational leave. It is only important to your employer that the course corresponds to the guidelines - as language trips with Sprachcaffe do!
Request paid educational leave: Here's how it works.
Applying for paid educational leave is a breeze with Sprachcaffe's 3 point plan:
Discuss with your employer when would be a suitable time for you to take educational leave. We recommend registering 2-3 months before the beginning of the trip. Please note, in Rhineland-Palatinate the registration certificate must be presented to your employer 8 weeks before the start of the course at the latest, and significantly earlier in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern where it must be presented at least 15 weeks before the course starts.
Register for a language course with Sprachcaffe in writing and promptly receive registration confirmation for your employer. The confirmation proves to your employer that you have registered for a recognised educational course. The delivery of the certificate can get delayed in the states of Berlin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Rhineland-Palatinate because a different procedure is used there. If you are applying in one of these states, please get in touch with us as soon as possible!
After completion of the educational leave course you'll receivea certifcate from us for your employer, which confirms proper participation in your educational leave course.
Further information about paid educational leave
Information on the Employee Further Education Law (Arbeitnehmerweiterbildungsgesetz), on which the right to paid educational leave rests, can be obtained from the competend authority in your state.
For Hesse this is the Hesse Ministry for Social Affairs (Hessische Sozialministerium):
- Referat IV 8B -
Tel.: 0611 / 817 - 3673
Fax: 0611 / 890 - 8421