Bildungsurlaub (also referred to as Bildungsfreistellung or Bildungszeit) is a government-backed programme, offering paid educational leave to employees of any company in any field, in 14 German states. German professionals are entitled to 5 days paid leave every year to upskill at a recognised institution and in most states can apply to take two years at once.
To become recognised, a school must meet a variety of criteria, set at state-level for Bildungsurlaub. This means that the requirements for Bildungsurlaub recognition can be different from state to state. In order to recruit German employees, your school must be first Bildungsurlaub accredited. German companies are increasingly international and often require employees to speak more than one language. For this reason, language courses are a popular option for Bildungsurlaub. However, some states require classes in things such as local politics or culture in addition to the language course component.
Once you are approved for Bildungsurlaub, your institution will be added in the list of officially recognised schools.