Companies and chambers of commerce are calling for the aid to be extended until the end of 2021 and for the number of recipients to be expanded to include companies with up to 500 employees, shows an internal paper from the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) reported by the “Handelsblatt”. According to this, the companies also call for the strict rules for the slump in sales due to Corona, which is a prerequisite for funding, to be relaxed.
So far, the following applies: Companies will receive 2.000 euros for each new apprentice by the end of this year if they keep their training stable despite the corona losses. If they even increase the number of apprenticeships or take over trainees from a corona bankrupt company, it is 3.000 euros. Unlike in the past, the premium should also be granted for training contracts that were concluded before August 1st, according to DIHK companies and chambers. In addition, they criticize the bureaucratic application and insist on an online procedure. The Federal Ministry of Labor and the Federal Ministry of Education recently announced vague improvements, but so far nothing concrete has been presented.