training funds as an impulse for new models of lifelong learning: Integrated
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.
contributory system has the following advantages for those involved:
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.).
for further training are borne by all firms in the scaffolding sector regardless
of their own involvement in training;
is not forced to offer supportive subsidies;
fund which is comprised equally of the social partners offers the chance
for close Cupertino between employers and the unions;
right to funded training guarantees workers transparent training opportunities
and secure financial support.
comparative study of national funding arragements outlined in the final
report includes several examples of good practice (Uhrig
et al. 2000, pp. 16-40).
also project info on IFC.