It is important to have a good command of the German language if you want to find work and be successful in your choice of profession. So there are special courses where you can learn to speak the German you need in working life. You will learn the words, grammar and phrases that you need to understand and to be understood when talking to your colleagues, customers and your bosses and superiors. In addition, you will also learn to understand more complicated texts and instructions like those you find at work. You also learn about writing business e-mails and letters.
The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) offers free “German for professional purposes” (Deutsch für den Beruf) courses for people with a migrant background. These are part of the “ESF-BAMF” programme and combine German language tuition, vocational qualifications and the chance to learn about a particular profession by completing a work placement (Praktikum).
The courses subsidised by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees are not the only courses on offer with the name “German for professional purposes”. For other courses you often have to pay a fee. So it is advisable to look at them and compare them very carefully, since the course con- tents are often very different. Choose the course that is most suited to your interests and needs.
Where to get more information
- Migration advice for adult immigrants
- Youth migration services
- Language schools and universities
- Employment agency, job centre or relevant local authority institution