German language skills are essential for newcomers to be successful in work or to find a good job. German language skills will not only help you in your daily life it will also improve your working life.
Most companies use only German. Even if you do not have to speak German at work, it is important for many companies that you speak German. It is a central component of the working atmosphere that you are able to communicate with your colleagues in German. Also, many administrative work processes are usually only possible in German. In some professions, German language skills are absolutely necessary in order to practice this profession, e.g. in the health and education sector, as well as in sectors in which you have to communicate directly with customers. Every job requires different knowledge of the German language. Depending on the profession, at least a B2 or C1 certificate is often required from accredited providers such as the Goethe Institut. Further information on language levels and German courses in FrankfurtRheinMain can also be found on our portal.
The German language in everyday life often differs from the professional German at work, so there are specific vocational language courses for occupational groups such as German for nurses, German for engineers, etc. These vocational German courses are financially supported by the state since 2016. In order to do this, you must be registered as a jobseeker or training seeker at the Agentur für Arbeit (employment agency) and speak German at one of the levels B1, B2 or C1. You may also attend these courses if you already have a job, but your German skills are not enough for everyday work. In this case you or your employer have to pay half of the costs. If you have any further questions, please contact your local employment agency and find out about job-related German language courses. Further information on learning German can be found on the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and at our portal.