Title Type of instrument Type of entry Level of operation Relevance Year of implementation
Aid to preserve jobs/aid for education and training of workers

Companies experiencing a temporary slowdown in their business activity and/or incurring economic losses, having long-term employees or employees aged over 50, and facing the risk of reducing their workforce can apply for the grant to finance the costs of training their employees (up to 25% of the workforce). Only training of professional relevance for the applying company and included in company’s training plan is eligible. The maximum length of training is 6 months.

Grant for companies Single instrument National Key scheme 2015
Education for unemployed: literacy programme

Unemployed persons without primary education who have been registered at the PES for at least 30 days can apply for the State funded grant to cover their costs of education and training. The eligible activities include literacy programs.

Grant for individuals Single instrument National Key scheme 2015
Education leave

By law, employees have the right to educational leave for at least 7 days per year to participate in adult training programmes. The terms of educational leave are agreed between employer and employee.

Training leave Single instrument National Key scheme 2007
Payback Clause

Employers and employees can agree on a payback clause. In compensation for employer-provided/financed training, employees commit themselves to stay in the company for an agreed period, but no longer than 2 years, or (partially) pay back the costs of training. No further limitations are set.

Payback clause Single instrument National Marginal scheme
State aid for education, training and research and development projects

Companies can deduct the costs of training their employees from their tax base. The share of the costs that can be deducted depends on the size of the company and type of education and training. Reduction can be up to 50% (70% for SMEs) of the cost of general adult education and training, and 25% (35% for SMEs) of the cost of specific education and training.

Tax incentive for companies Single instrument National Key scheme 2007
Training aid/knowledge is paying off for employed persons

Companies which are at risk of having to reduce their workforce due to changes in the production process can apply for the grant to finance their training costs. The co-funding share in general is 50%. Companies with employees aged over 50, disabled or disadvantaged workers as well as SMEs receive higher funding.

Grant for companies Single instrument National Key scheme 2006