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Factsheet for case CY-2020-45/1501 – measures in Cyprus

Special training scheme for employees in sectors affected by the pandemic

Ειδικό σχέδιο κατάρτισης εργοδοτουμένων σε ορισμένους οικονομικούς τομείς που έχουν επηρεαστεί από την πανδημία

Country Cyprus , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 02 November 2020 – 31 March 2021
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to get back to normal
– Enhancing employability and training
Author Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound
Case created 30 November 2020 (updated 15 December 2020)

Background information

The measure aims to support the human resource of businesses affected by the pandemic in order to improve and/or acquire new skills and knowledge. The scheme is implemented by the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus and it is based on the law provisions (Law 1999-2007, article 21) for the functioning of the Authority and the EU regulation (2013, articles 107 & 108, de minimis aid) EU1407/2013.

Content of measure

Within the frame of the scheme, businesses are able to organise intra-corporate training sessions in the following five thematic domains:

  1. Management of crises and development of business continuity,
  2. Digital skills and knowledge,
  3. Health and safety in the workplace, risk assessment and development of action plans,
  4. Basic principles of food hygiene and individual hygiene, and
  5. Environmental issues.

The basic provisions for participation are:

  • Participating businesses are registered in the Social Insurance registry employing up to 100 employees.
  • 25% decrease in turnover of the business, (in comparison to the last year turnover of the business).
  • The business has not dismissed any employee since March 2020,
  • The business is committed not to dismiss or reduce salaries for the implementation period of the scheme.
  • The business is not participating simultaneously in other schemes of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance.

Participating businesses receive €1,000 for the cost of the identification of the business training needs, the development of the training plan and all other expenditures for the organization of the training. Additionally, for each training programme, participating businesses receive €12 per hour of training for each participant.

The total amount available for the scheme is €14 million.

Use of measure

Currently, there are no other information on the estimate number of businesses eligible to receive the payment.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers SMEs
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


The Scheme and its related provisions, terms and eligibility criteria has been designed by the Human Resource Development Authority (HRDA) in coordination with the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurances. Social partners have not been invited into a consultation process for the definition of the scheme.

Views and reactions

Social partners are in favour of measures that support business continuity through training and the further development of skills of employees. They appear supportive to the initiative and no reactions or disagreements on the provisions of the scheme have been recorded to this moment.


  • 02 November 2020: Ειδικό σχέδιο κατάρτισης εργοδοτουμένων σε ορισμένους τομείς που έχουν επηρεαστεί από την πανδημία


Eurofound (2020), Special training scheme for employees in sectors affected by the pandemic, case CY-2020-45/1501 (measures in Cyprus), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.