training funds as an impulse for new models of lifelong learning: Integrated
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.).
development of trainings levies and funds in selected European countries
is described in the final report (Uhrig et
al. 2000, pp. 16-40).
also project info on IFC.