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Factsheet for measure SK-2022-19/2331 – measures in Slovakia

Education and training of refugees

Pomáhame odídencom - opatrenie 1 Vzdelávanie odídencov

Country Slovakia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 02 May 2022 – 31 July 2023
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Rastislav Bednarik, Ludovit Cziria, Daniela Keselova, Miroslava Kordosova (IVPR) and Eurofound
Measure added 18 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

The Act No. 92/2022 Coll. adds some amendments to the Act No. 5/2004 on Employment services, for instance in the section 54 focused on projects and programmes provided to increase the employability of job-seekers. The active labour market measures include also the projects and programmes to support integration of a third country citizen who applied for asylum, who was granted asylum or who was granted the temporary refugee status. The aim is to facilitate his or her inclusion to the labour market by the provision of measures and services supporting his or her employability and employment.

The Offices of Labour, Social Affairs and Family provide allowances for education and training of people from Ukraine with granted temporary protection status. The support is provided within the project Help to Refugees as the Measure 1. The project was developed within the Operational Programme Human Resources.

Content of measure

The aim of the education and training for refugees is to gain knowledge and skills necessary for social inclusion and integration into the labour market. Based on their preferences or educational needs the refugee chooses the particular accredited or licenced educational course or training and course provider. Within the project, the preferences or educational needs can be identified within another measure focused on labour market orientation and career guidance of the refugee.

The labour offices provide the websites with the educational and training courses to help with the choice. The measure supports various professional courses. Among the key competencies courses only language and computer courses are supported. The driver’s license B course is not eligible for the support. The courses can be provided in present or distant form and only in the Slovak Republic.

The applicant submits the application to receive the allowance for the educational course at least 15 calendar days before the course starts. As the measure is facultative, the labour office assesses each application individually to ensure the cost efficiency. The allowance is paid after the person finishes the course successfully. The allowance is provided based on a written agreement between the applicant and a labour office if the labour office approves the application. The allowance consists of two parts – the course allowance paid to the provider at 100% of the course costs and a flat-rate allowance to cover the personal costs paid to the refugee.

Use of measure

No data about the use of measure have been available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Public employment service
European 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

Involvement

No involvement of social partners in designing, implementing and monitoring the measure.

Views and reactions

No social partner's views / reactions to the measure are available.

Sources

  • 22 March 2022: Dôvodová správa k Zákonu č. 92/2022 Z. z. (rokovania.gov.sk)
  • 22 March 2022: Lex Ukrajina II: Act No. 92/2022 Coll. on Other certain measures referred to the situation in Ukraine (Zákon č. 92/2022 Z. z. o niektorých ďalších opatreniach v súvislosti so situáciou na Ukrajine (www.slov-lex.sk)
  • 01 April 2022: Act No. 5/2004 Coll. on Employment Services, as amended (Zákon č. 5/2004 Z. z. o službách zamestnanosti v znení neskorších predpisov) (www.slov-lex.sk)
  • 03 May 2022: Vzdelávanie odídencov (Projekt Pomáhame odídencom (www.upsvr.gov.sk)

Citation

Eurofound (2022), Education and training of refugees, measure SK-2022-19/2331 (measures in Slovakia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SK-2022-19_2331.html

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