Further Information

What exactly is Bildungszeit:

After more than 30 years, the Berlin Educational Leave Act has been replaced by the Educational Time Act.

"Bildungszeit" is the legal entitlement of employees in the state of Berlin to paid time off from work to participate in recognised continuing education events. The legal basis is the Berlin Educational Leave Act [BiZeitG] in the version of 05.07.2021 (GVBl. p. 849).

Bildungszeit was previously called "Bildungsurlaub" in Berlin and is known as "Bildungsfreistellung" or "Arbeitnehmerweiterbildung" in other federal states.

Ten days within two consecutive calendar years are available for political education or professional development or for qualification to perform voluntary work. The leave of absence allows participation during working hours, while the salary continues to be paid.

The use of educational leave/educational time enables employees to engage in continuous professional development. Training leave is thus an attractive and contemporary instrument for meeting the requirements of lifelong learning and represents an important competitive and locational factor for companies". (Berlin Senate Administration)