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Title IFC
Further training funds as an impulse for new models of lifelong learning: Integrated funding concepts
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Concept Trends Findings Practice Challenge
Synopsis In the past years the practice of using job sector funds to finance staff qualification measures in affiliated companies has been implemented in certain countries. These funds are furnished through levies from all the social partners and can therefore be used for a wide range of purposes. Up to now, however, very few funds were available for further training measures for the unemployed along with the permanent workers and thus with very rare opportunities for further training for the unemployed skilled workers from a particular occupational sector. In general funds are still mainly used for staff training.
    In the light of the present qualification gaps on the European labour market, neither the funds trustees nor the organisers of training courses can afford to target solely the staff members of their affiliated companies, but must also involve the unemployed. They must develop new models combining employment, vocational training and ongoing qualification, e.g. through the substitute concept (Uhrig et al. 2000, pp. 7f.).
Reference The development of trainings levies and funds in selected European countries is described in the final report (Uhrig et al. 2000, pp. 16-40). 
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Descriptors D-CVT            
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