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Title IFC
Further training funds as an impulse for new models of lifelong learning: Integrated funding concepts
Concept Trends Findings Practice Challenge
Synopsis The model of funding applied in the German scaffolding sector is based on collective agreements and a contributory payment system. The primary tasks of the scaffolding trade’s social insurance fund include payment of the collectively agreed social benefits for its workers such as holiday pay, compensatory wage increases, transition assistance, bad weather allowances etc. A further important task is promoting and securing vocational training measures within the sector.
This contributory system has the following advantages for those involved:
  • costs for further training are borne by all firms in the scaffolding sector regardless of their own involvement in training;
  • the government is not forced to offer supportive subsidies;
  • the social fund which is comprised equally of the social partners offers the chance for close Cupertino between employers and the unions;
  • the legal right to funded training guarantees workers transparent training opportunities and secure financial support.
The disadvantages of the social fund is that it only offers two sector-specific training courses which cannot be availed of by the unemployed or persons from other occupational branches (Uhrig et al. 2000, pp. 4, 33f.).
Reference The comparative study of national funding arragements outlined in the final report includes several examples of good practice (Uhrig et al. 2000, pp. 16-40). 
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Descriptors D-CVT            
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