Education grants in Germany
In Germany there are several possibilities to get financial support for trainings:
- Rewards coupon (Prämiengutschein)
- Education savings (Weiterbildungssparen)
- Education loans (Weiterbildungsdarlehen)
Information on that and how you can apply for them you may find on http://www.bifw.de/foerderprogramme/bildungspraemie/index.html.
Furthermore, there is the special program "WeGebAU". Information on that you may find on http://www.bifw.de/foerderprogramme/wegebau/index.html.
In 12 of 16 states you can also apply for study leave. Information on that you may find on http://www.bifw.de/foerderprogramme/bildungsurlaub/index.html.
Depending on the state, there are other ways of getting education grants (e. g. Qualifizierungsscheck Hessen and Bildungsscheck NRW). On http://www.foerderdatenbank.de/ you can start searching for support programs.
In France every employee has the right to attend a qualifying training. The so called Personal Training Account (CPF – Compte personnel de formation) includes 150 hours of education within seven years and even continues in times of unemployment. This right can be taken from the age of 16 years over the entire working life. In addition, the training opportunities for job seekers and low-skilled have been extended. The funding is provided by the companies that have to pay a compulsory levy of 1% of payroll (for companies with fewer than 10 employees 0.55%). Information on that you may find on http://www.le-compte-personnel-formation.com.
With the Financial Law of 2001 (388/2000, paragraph 118) every company pays a compulsory levy (0.30% of payroll) to the National Institute for Social Security (INPS). There are 19 training funds authorized by the Ministry of Labour which are paid with this compulsory levy and every company gets an individual company account. The companies can decide every year whether they want to join up to two of these training funds and then they have two possibilities to use the interprofessional funds:
- They can do public calls for proposals for training plans. In this case they have to contribute on average up to the 30% (less 8%) of the organising expenses.
- They can undergo the company account procedure and decide how and when to use this money. In this case they can use up to 70% of the money for the training.
Further information you can find on http://www.fondinterprofessionali.it/ and on http://www.isfol.it/temi/Formazione_apprendimento/formazione-degli-adulti/fondi-interprofessionali.