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Sectoral Training Funds

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
Sectoral training funds (STF?s) aim to establish sectoral training initiatives, adapted to the needs of companies and the realities of the sectoral labour market. STF?s are funded by fixed contributions of companies, agreed on on a sectoral level in collective labour agreements. Engagements (for contributions) are often expressed as a percentage of the enterprises payroll in a certain sector. / / STF?s are managed by social partners (employers and employee organisations) on a bipartite basis. They determine the goals of the initiatives, the specific training needs, the main target groups, duration, educational methods, etc. The autonomy allows them to organize their own training structure which is suitable to the requirements of companies and workers in the sector in question. / / In 2005 it was agreed to increase the overall training effort in the workplace from 1.2% to 1.9% of the wage bill / total payroll costs by 2014, while 0.5% should go to the most vulnerable groups and half of this should specifically go to youth. /
Target group
Policy Field
    Type of Policy
      Duration of the policy
      In 1988, Belgian employers and employee organisations agreed to spend 0.18% of the gross wage of all wage and income earners on training and employment support initiatives. The percentage of this contribution has been increasing since then and fluctuates according to the sector and specific risk groups.
      Scope of innovation
      • Spatial coverage: Belgian sectoral training funds can operate at a provincial, regional or national level.
      General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
      The aim is to encourage sectoral lifelong training by: / - creating training initiatives in order to establish a better fit between education and companies / - creating training efforts for unemployed in companies / - retraining employees and giving them specialized training increasing their competences/employability / - providing employers with advice and support /
      Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
      • encompassing security
      • others (new governance)
      Type of innovation
      • new form of partnership or cooperation
      New outputs
        Intended target group
        Employees, unemployed, students, employers?
        Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
          Clarification of the role of various actors
          The management of sectoral training funds is bipartite, which means the governing bodies are composed of as many employee as employer representatives. / / Sectoral Training Funds often work together with both private and public training institutions. / / The Sectoral Training Funds is responsible for the administrative and financial follow-up and reimbursing training costs to enterprises. / / For employers the main concern relates to the fact that contributions for training are sometimes seen as an additional burden in Belgium. /
          Intended output
          • learning workplaces
          • lifelong learning
          • training schemes
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