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Factsheet for measure NL-2023-11/3210 – measures in Netherlands
|Country||Netherlands , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 15 March 2023 – 30 June 2027|
|Context||Green Transition, Digital Transformation|
|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||Thomas de Winter (Panteia) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||06 June 2023 (updated 12 June 2023)|
Vocational education is necessary for the growth and competitiveness of the Dutch economy. Investment in education and training has a positive impact on companies' innovativeness and productivity.
Since 2010, the Netherlands has invested in public-private partnerships (PPPs) to strengthen the connection between vocational education and the labour market. This relationship is necessary to stimulate innovation, support individual professional development, and increase the productivity level of SMEs.
This subsidy scheme ensures that existing collaborations between education providers and business can be further scaled up to support students and workers training for engineering and information and communication technology (ICT) careers.
The Dutch government is allocating €210 million in the coming years to scale up cooperation between vocational education providers and employers. The scheme is part of the government's Green and Digital Jobs Action Plan.
This subsidy is intended for parties that are linked to a sustainable Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and focus their projects on connecting education and the needs of the labour market specifically considering the climate and energy transition or the digital transition.
The grant covers 42% of the total cost of the project, and up to 100% per individual grant applicant within a partnership. For the total project, the subsidy is a minimum of €4 million and a maximum of €9 million. The total subsidy amount available is €210 million.
Projects should meet certain requirements:
The subsidy is funded from the National Growth Fund. With the National Growth Fund, the government is investing €20 billion between 2021 and 2025 in projects that will ensure long-term sustainable economic growth. Of the €210 million allocated for this subsidy, €152.4 million has been definitively allocated. €57.6 million has been conditionally allocated and will be disbursed after a positive evaluation of the first phase.
Other groups of workers
Youth (18-25) in employment
|Does not apply to businesses||
Social partners jointly
Local / regional government
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||Unknown|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The initiative was designed within Katapult, a network of more than 450 partnerships between education and business. Katapult exists to improve cooperation between education, business and society. Katapult provides opportunities for business professionals to teach students in the community and supports students conducting research for an SME during their studies. While no details of the involvement of specific social partners are known, the network represents them.
Supportive, as the measure was designed by a network of social partners.
Eurofound (2023), Subsidy for projects related to sustainable public-private partnerships in vocational education, measure NL-2023-11/3210 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/NL-2023-11_3210.html
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