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Factsheet for measure AT-2022-1/2878 – measures in Austria

Digi-Cheque for upskilling apprentices

Digi-Scheck für Lehrlinge

Country Austria , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 January 2022 – 31 December 2024
Context COVID-19, Digital Transformation
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound
Measure added 14 September 2022 (updated 20 September 2022)

Background information

In order to actively support apprentices and companies providing apprenticeship trainings with the challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis, financial support for supplementary training measures is provided in 2021 and 2022. Apprentices can choose from over 10,000 courses which have been approved and are eligible for funding, even if they are held not in person, but via digital tools (in case of COVID-19 related restrictions).

Content of measure

Funding is provided for participation in courses whose content includes that of the occupational profile in which the apprenticeship is taken or which includes occupational competences that cut across occupational profiles (e.g. in the areas of digitalisation, resource management or climate protection).

All apprentices who are in an apprenticeship relationship are eligible for the funding. The course needs to have started no earlier than 1 January 2021 and needs to be finished by 31 December 2024 (originally, until the end of 2022, this was later prolonged) in order to be eligible for funding.

Even multiple courses per person are funded (up to 100%), with an upper limit of €500 per course and up to 3 courses per apprentice per calendar year. Costs above the funding limit of €500 are to be borne by the apprentice himself or herself.

In the federal state and city of Vienna, the Vienna Employment Promotion Fund (WAFF) (run by the City of Vienna) provides a top-up of €500 per course, i.e. increasing the upper limit of the funded course costs to €1,000.

Use of measure

No numbers available as of now.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Youth (18-25) in employment
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Employers' organisations
Employers organisation
Regional funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Not applicable Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Only employers' organisations
  • Main level of involvement: N/A

Involvement

This is a social partner initiative targeted towards upskilling apprentices.

Views and reactions

No reactions from the labour side are available. As the employer side has initiated the programme and runs it, they are in favour of it.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2022), Digi-Cheque for upskilling apprentices, measure AT-2022-1/2878 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/AT-2022-1_2878.html

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