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Financing adult learning database

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Cedefop’s database on financing adult learning provides information on the design and performance of cost-sharing schemes implemented in EU countries to increase participation and private investment in adult learning.

Countries covered: EU Member States.

Types of instruments: training funds, tax incentives, grants (including vouchers/individual learning accounts), loans, training leave, payback clauses (see glossary and instrument-specific sections).

Reference period: 2014 – mid 2015. The database may include schemes which are no longer in place but operated for some time in the reference period. You also can visit the previous (archived) version of the database having a reference period of 2010-2013.

Sources of funding: the database covers the schemes where at least two parties contribute to the costs (governments - including EU funding, companies/employers and individuals/employees).

Eligible group: those aged 25 and above.

Types of education and training: formal and non-formal education and training for adults.

Click here for further information on the scope of the database.