Calls for economic support to the development of strategic training actions (Basque Foundation for Continuing Vocational Training)
- Name of the instrument - Local language
- Convocatorias de ayudas económicas para la realización de acciones estratégicas formativas (Hobetuz)
- Name of the instrument - English translation
- Calls for economic support to the development of strategic training actions (Basque Foundation for Continuing Vocational Training)
- Type of instrument
- Grant for companies
- Type of entry
- Single instrument
- Short description
Companies in the Basque Country receive public contributions to their training costs. Only learning and training of professional relevance for the applying entities is eligible for funding. The co-funding share is 50% of eligible costs as a general rule (60% in medium enterprises, 70% in small enterprises, +10% in case of disadvantaged workers; the total grant cannot exceed 70% of eligible costs).
- Short description of the related instruments
- Level of operation
- Name of a part of the country
- Name of the region (for regional instruments)
- Basque Country
- Name of the sector (for sectoral instruments)
- Key scheme
- Legal basis
Decree 82/2012, of May 22, approving the Statutes of Lambide – Basque Employment Service. The last call for grants is from August 2014.
- Objective(s) and target(s)
To improve competences and qualifications of workers.
- Year of implementation
The funds come from the regional public employment service and are allocated to companies by the Foundation Hobetuz.
Grants to companies have to be complementary to the subsidies from the State, managed by the Tripartite Foundation; companies need to spend first their credit under the Tripartite Foundation fund to benefit from regional grants.
- Eligible group(s)
Companies in the Basque Country; independent workers can also participate in training activities.
- Group(s) with preferential treatment
Companies employing disadvantaged workers; SMEs
- Education and training eligible
Training for the development of competences and qualifications directly related to the productive process of the company.
- Source of financing and collection mechanism
Regional public employment service
- Financing formula and allocation mechanisms
Except for small grants covered by the "de minimis" rule, the grant can cover the following percentages of eligible costs: 50% as a general rule, 60% in medium enterprises, 70% in small enterprises, +10% in case of disadvantaged workers; the total grant cannot exceed 70% of eligible costs.
Total amount of the grant cannot be higher than 1.5 times (big companies) or 5 times (smaller companies) the annual amount of the quota for vocational training paid by companies in the Basque Country (general rule).
Eligible costs: tuition fees, cost for internal training personnel, cost of training materials, depreciation costs for long-living investment goods, depreciation or rent costs for rooms and equipment, insurance costs for workers attending training, management costs (max. 10% of total costs), travel and accommodation costs if it is proved that the training has to take place outside the Basque Country due to lack of technologies or innovative procedures in the region.
Allocation: Funds are allocated by the Foundation Hobetuz in two payments: 50% in the beginning, and 50% after the presentation of the report justifying expenditures. The companies meeting pre-determined criteria best (through top-down procedures) are funded.
- Eligible costs
Fees and other costs related to training (costs of training materials, internal trainers, insurance for workers attemding training, travel and accommodation, renting rooms amd equipment, depreciation of long-living investment goods, management costs)
- Volumes of funding
The annual call for grants for 2014 distributed a maximum of EUR 3 870 000 (partly also available in 2015).
- Beneficiaries/take up
There is no data available on the benfiting companies. In 2013, 16 645 employees received training funded by this scheme.
- Organisation responsible for monitoring/evaluation
Hobetuz - Basque Foundation for Continuing Vocational Training.
- Monitoring/evaluation reports available
- Most relevant webpage - in English
- Most relevant webpage - local language