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Factsheet for measure NL-2020-40/1909 Updated – measures in Netherlands

NL Keeps Learning: Training subsidy for the unemployed (NLLD - S)

NL leert door met inzet van scholing (NLLD - S)

Country Netherlands , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 October 2020 – 31 March 2022
Context COVID-19
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 Amber van der Graaf (Panteia) and Eurofound
Measure added 01 June 2021 (updated 31 January 2022)

Background information

The NLLD – S scheme is a temporary subsidy scheme of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and is part of an accompanying temporary crisis package for which €50 million has been made available. Only the training courses component has been elaborated in this regulation.

The aim of this scheme is to (further) develop the knowledge and skills of participants by offering them free training programs that can contribute to increasing the chances on the labor market or to regaining employment or assignments.

Content of measure

With this temporary arrangement, trainers, training collectives or partnerships can offer online training courses free of charge to participants who have a link with the Dutch labor market (eighteen years or older and have not yet reached retirement age) and apply for a subsidy for this. The aim of a training program is to (further) develop the knowledge and skills of participants by offering them free training programs that can contribute to increasing the chances on the labor market or finding work again.

The amount of the subsidy consists of the sum of the number of training courses given times the amount per participant, whereby the training courses are subdivided into three categories, namely:

  • category A: €150 per participant;
  • category B: €500 per participant;
  • category C: €1,000 per participant.

Updates

The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

30 September 2021

Deadline extended to 31 March 2022.

07 July 2021

Follow-up of case 984, The Netherlands keeps learning

Use of measure

Panteia research of September 2021 shows that 25 applications for NLLD-S were awarded as of that moment, with a total value of €34.5 million.

On 16 November 2020, the Minister of SZW awarded a subsidy to 14 trainers from the 'Temporary subsidy scheme NL learns through training'. With this NL learns through subsidy they can offer learning packages, subscriptions, courses and training free of charge.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Unemployed
Applies to all businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
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:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

In the months before the launch of the measure, the social partners worked in close coordination with the Ministry on the design of this temporary scheme. Due to its short-term practicality, the scheme is linked with other parts of the subsidy scheme NL Keeps Learning.

Views and reactions

Supportive, as they were involved in the design of the measure.

Sources

Citation

Eurofound (2021), NL Keeps Learning: Training subsidy for the unemployed (NLLD - S), measure NL-2020-40/1909 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NL-2020-40_1909.html

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