AFBG – Upgrading Training Assistance Act (Aufstiegsfortbildungsförderungsgesetz)
The Upgrading Training Assistance Act (AFBG, also known as the "Meister-BAföG") has been in force since 23 April 1996. It provides skilled craftsmen and tradesmen of all ages with financial support to upgrade their training and attain higher qualifications. The aim is to counteract the skills shortage in Germany and enhance Germany’s competitiveness. The law is a comprehensive funding instrument for vocational skill development in all occupational areas.