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Training vouchers for employees

Country of implementation
Belgium
General short description of the innovation
Training vouchers for employees grant employees the possibility to purchase training from accredited providers. Users pay a contribution of 50%, while the other half is funded by the government. Training courses involved must increase the employability of employees. Beneficiaries can use these vouchers for a maximum amount of 250 euros per year. After the training course, participants get a certificate of the attended course and the competences acquired.
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
    Type of Policy
    • public
    • publicly mandated to non-state organisation
    Duration of the policy
    The training voucher scheme for employees was initiated in September 2003. In 2010 and 2013, the number of courses and modules that were eligible for training vouchers were reduced by the government. The policy is still ongoing.
    Scope of innovation
    • Scope: structural
    • Budgets: Year Budget spent each year /2008 15,8 *2009 16,0*2010 11,0*2011 8,12012 8,1 /*
    • Spatial coverage: Flanders and Brussels
    General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
    The aim is to promote participation in lifelong learning of employees and strengthen their position on the labour market (employability) by diminishing financial thresholds that hinder participation in lifelong learning.
    Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
    • encompassing security
    • others (investment in human capital )
    Type of innovation
    • new form of policy implementation/delivery
    • new policy, practice or measure
    New outputs
    • lifelong learning
    • subsidies/tax-credits
    • training schemes
    Intended target group
    All employees living in Flanders or the Brussels District can make use of the training vouchers of the Flemish government.
    Working age population
    • main source of income: paid work
    Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
    • agency or national social insurance body (public employment service (implementation) )
    • beneficiaries/users
    • private for-profit organisations (commercial) (training operators )
    Clarification of the role of various actors
    Employees can order the training vouchers at the public employment service of Flanders (VDAB) who has an agreement with the issuer Accor. / Employees are free to choose which approved operator will provide them with the training or coaching but are limited to authorized training agencies in order to guarantee the quality of the training. They use the vouchers to pay the operator who sends the vouchers back to the issuer who remunerates the operator. /
    Intended output
    • lifelong learning
    • subsidies/tax-credits
    • training schemes
    Intended and unintended outcomes
    outcome quantification (proportion of target group): / / Year Training Vouchers1 / 2009 238.987 / 2010 159.295 / 2011 124.834 / 2012 118.052 / 2013 107.970 / / Year Beneficiaries1 / 2008 188.311 / 2009 190.481 / 2010 130.386 / 2011 101.530 / 2012 97.344 / / The number of applicants increased rapidly after the introduction of the system, but has been falling since 2009. / /
    Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
    - The training voucher system is transparent, well known and has a broad coverage1. / - Lack of take up by those who need training the most: less qualified and elderly employees. Risk of Matthew effects when training vouchers are benefitting primarily hig
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