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Factsheet for measure NL-2020-27/984 – Updated – measures in Netherlands
|Country||Netherlands , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 July 2020 – 31 March 2021|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
|Author||Amber van der Graaf (Panteia) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||13 July 2020 (updated 15 June 2022)|
This measure has been announced as part of package of emergency packages adopted to combat the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. Following a first package of emergency measures released on 17 March 2020, a second package was released on 20 May 2020.
This is an education and training measures, designed to help workers who have lost their job due to the corona crisis to move into new work. Specifically, the measure aims to help people move into profitable or growing sectors by providing employment advice and support from local career services (often provided via municipalities), educational institutions, and sectoral schooling and development funds (O&O fondsen).
The measure not only hopes to help workers, but also solo self-employed people and workers with temporary or flexible employment contracts. Schooling will be provided through a variety of media, making use of online education approaches. To create awareness of the availability of this programme, the government will launch a promotional campaign as well. The measure has been tied to the NOW and NOW 2.0 measures, where employers who make use of the NOW financing are also obliged to stimulate up and re-skilling of their employees. The measure will be implemented in July 2020 and run until the end of 2020. The measure has a budget of €50 million.
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|01 June 2021||
This was the 2020 version of the NL Keeps Learning programme. The 2021 version consists of two separate programmes: "NL continues to learn through training (NLLD - S)" and "NL continues to learn with the use of sectoral customization (NLLD - SMR)".
Find the new measures here:
|11 May 2021||
The application period for SLIM for individual SMEs ended on 31 March 17:00.
The free development advice that the Government made available through the NL Leert Door scheme met a great need. From 1 August, people could request a short-term trajectory from a career counselor to gain insight into the labor market opportunities that are available to them in this recession. The maximum number of registrations was reached much faster than expected.
Within one month, 22,000 people registered. With this amount, the measure reached the limit of the number of counseling sessions that the government can pay for.
|Applies to all workers||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Local / regional government
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies||Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The national government initiated this measure, together with the Association for Dutch Municipalities (VNG), and other social partners, specifically, Divosa. Divosa is an association of municipal government directors or managers who work in the social policy domains. Divosa, the VNG, and national government developed this measure, while at the regional and local levels, sectoral education funds will also be involved in re-skilling.
Given their involvement in developing this measure, presumably the social partners are satisfied with the collaboration and development of such a measure.
Eurofound (2020), The Netherlands keeps learning, measure NL-2020-27/984 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NL-2020-27_984.html
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