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Schooling bonus for workers facing redundancy during the crisis

Country of implementation
The Netherlands
General short description of the innovation
Employers who hire an employee faced with redundancy in another company may receive a schooling bonus of ?2,500 to facilitate retraining, provided the employer contributes the same amount.
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • education
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
2009-2010
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: Temporary
  • Budgets: 72 million
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: a maximum of 28,800, given the available budget
  • Spatial coverage: National
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The innovation aimed to facilitate work-work transitions during the crisis by partially subsidising re-training, which gives employees a broader range of jobs they can apply for. The subsidy was meant for the employer who hired the employee that had become redundant. The employer had to pay half of the re-training costs. The subsidy had a maximum of 2,500 euros, the level depended on availability of other existing subsidies from sectoral schooling funds.
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
Temporary crisis measure
Type of innovation
  • new policy, practice or measure
New outputs
  • subsidies/tax-credits (Employer subsidy for re-training)
Intended target group
Employees faced with dismissal
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • agency or national social insurance body (Implementation)
  • central state (Regulation and budget)
Intended output
  • subsidies/tax-credits
  • training schemes (No data are available on the kind of re-training that has taken place)
Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
369 persons have found a new job using the schooling bonus, which lags far behind expectations40% of the participants who found work, found a job based on an indeterminate contract, the rest found temporary jobs, partially via temp agencies
Intended and unintended outcomes
369 persons have found a new job using the schooling bonus, which lags far behind expectations
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
The impact of this measure on resilience is neglible, given the small number of workers who have benefited from the bonus. A labour market report from the ministry states this is due to the conditions that applied (it does not specify which conditions) and lack of promotion of the scheme
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